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Ahmedabad: a low-carbon future?

Ahmedabad was the only Indian city among 10 word cities to be showcased as a model for low-carbon growth at the climate conference in Copenhagen, reports Chetan Chauhan.

world Updated: Dec 13, 2009 00:51 IST
Chetan Chauhan

Ahmedabad was the only Indian city among 10 word cities to be showcased as a model for low-carbon growth at the climate conference in Copenhagen.

In a document titled ‘Ahmedabad, Low Carbon Society Vision 2035’, a team of Indian and Japanese researchers laid out a low-carbon vision for the city's growth.

The researchers chose eight key sectors — including energy and transport — and showed how, with little additional investment, emerging cities like Ahmedabad could cut carbon dioxide emissions in these sectors without compromising economic growth.

“The work shows us how better governance and a city development plan can ensure sustainable growth for Ahmedabad, India's seventh largest city,” said P R Shukla, a professor in Department of Urban Management at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

A team from IIM-Ahmedabad and Kyoto University put together the vision document in October 2009 and released it here. Ahmedabad, once known for its textile business, releases 10.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. That number is expected to grow six times, to 61.1 million tonnes, by 2035 as a population boom drives the city's expanding economy. By adopting a low-carbon development plan, the city can cut its emissions by 66.67 per cent for those projected levels, and preserve its air quality, the report said.