During a visit to Kolkata in 2013, the UK Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the KMC to work together towards developing Kolkata as a low carbon and climate resilient city of the future. The UK agency tasked to administer this MoU and oversee the work to be undertaken was the UK government’s international development ministry, the Department for International Development (DfID).
The MoU was formalised in February 2014, when the Honourable Mayor of Kolkata, Mr Sovan Chatterjee and Rt. Hon. Greg Barker, the UK Government’s Minister for Energy and Climate Change in 2014, signed a final agreement along with a detailed Plan of Action.
To achieve the MoU’s Vision, DfID procured specialised agencies, comprising Indian and International firms, to prepare policies and guidelines towards an ecologically sustainable future for the city.
A multi-disciplinary programme of works comprising adaptive as well as mitigating strategies for climate resilience was devised, with the work to be undertaken by different international and national consultants as shown in the following graphic:
|UK KMC Programme on Low Carbon Climate Resilient Kolkata|
|Roadmap for low carbon and climate resilient development of Kolkata|
|Strategies to strengthen institutional capacity of KMC to implement the Roadmap and improve overall governance in response to the challenges and opportunities of climate change|
|Sensitisation programme for all key stakeholders including elected representatives on green growth of the city|
|ICLEI South Asia|
|Sensitisation Programme for all Elected Representatives and Senior KMC Officials|
|IPE Global Pvt. Ltd|
|Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective|
|Meghraj Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd|
|Options study for suitable metering arrangement for implementing rooftop solar policy|
|Ernst & Young|
Energy Efficiency Policies and an Action Plan for KMC including:
Climate-smart Solid Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan including:
|Price Waterhouse Coopers India Pvt.Ltd|