India accounts for about 7 per cent of the global GHG, and mission-mode programs like Smart Cities, AMRUT, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Swachh Bharat have combating climate change as one of the major goals. India has also declared Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to reduce the emission intensity by 33-35 per cent compared to the 2005 levels, by 2030.
As part of the Climate Smart Cities (CSC) program, Kochi will soon get help from a technical consultant for managing its refuse, including municipal solid waste (MSW), construction and demolition (C&D) waste and plastic waste. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, a German development agency, which has partnered with the Union ministry of housing & urban affairs (MoHUA) for the program, would soon sign a note of cooperation with the Kochi corporation.
GIZ is supporting smart cities of Bhubaneswar and Coimbatore apart from Kochi in solid waste management and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) as part of the CSC project. GIZ has floated bids for identifying the consultant, who would provide support to technical support for MSW, including C&D waste and plastic waste management. Interestingly, though the project is a component of the Smart Cities programme, the Cochin Smart Mission Ltd, the special purpose vehicle formed to implement projects under the Kochi Smart City programme, has been kept out of the loop and is unaware of the project.
The consultant would report on existing situation, gaps and provide recommendations, including a road map for further action. Reviews of the existing system covering all aspects of collection, transportation, treatment and disposal and ongoing projects would also be undertaken by the selected consultant. Developing a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system is also part of the job.
The overall objective of the CSC project is developing climate-friendly solutions for urban infrastructure and urban development and to ensure that they are anchored in the planning and implementation of projects within the framework of the Smart Cities Programme.
The project is being implemented with support of three implementing partners: The National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), the German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) and the Technical University of Berlin (TUBerlin).