ClimateSMART Cities Assessment Framework was launched for the 100 Smart cities in order to incentivize a holistic, climate responsive development. This is a first-of-its-kind Assessment Framework for cities, aimed at creating a green mind-set in cities while they plan and undertake various developmental projects. The Framework includes various air and climate relevant parameters that shall guide the cities and help them to assess their own preparedness to tackle the menace of climate change and degrading air quality. The Ministry announced the individual city readiness report of the first cycle of ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework during the 3rd Smart City CEO Conference held at Visakhapatnam on Jan 24-25, 2020. The cities can view their scores, performance report and recommendation for further improvement on the SmartNet portal. The concluded phase of assessment did not intend to rank the cities but to help them understand their status regarding climate mitigation and adaptation.
- 1. Climate Centre for Cities
The Ministry announced a Climate Centre for Cities (C-Cube) to drive climate action in Indian cities under the aegis of NIUA. The Centre will act as one stop shop for climate informed actions in Urban India. The Centre will act as a secretariat for initiatives like ClimateSmart Cities Alliance and also implement ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0.
- 1. ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0
After successful cycle-I of assessment, the Ministry has evolved the ClimateSmart Cities Assessment Framework 2.0 (CSCAF 2.0) with revised indicators. CSCAF 2.0 technical document is made available to the cities through a dedicated Micro-site hosted on SmartNet. A dedicated PMU team and portal for data uploading is ready. Further, ClimateSmart Cities-Self Assessment tool has been developed to assist cities to assess the results of potential GHG mitigation due to the recommended action envisaged/ implemented under ClimateSmart Cities Assessment. This second round of assessment is based on an integrated scoring system to evaluate 100 Smart cities across various sectors and intend to rank them in order of their performance. The submission of entries for CSCAF 2.0 has recently concluded and all the participating cities submitted their proposals.
- 1. ClimateSmart Cities Alliance
Ministry has envisaged a ClimateSmart Cities Alliance to further mainstream climate actions in Urban India. These strategic partnerships will bring together the diverse skills, strengths and resources for implementing projects, sharing knowledge & good practices, and scaling up transformative action to address the increasing climate risks in Indian cities. A mapping of alliance members, their area of expertise and interest for cities to work with has been conducted. The Climate Centre for Cities is mandated to act as an alliance secretariat. As of now, 31 organizations have provided concurrence to be members of the alliance including 100 Smart Cities in India.