- Mar 13-16, 2018
- City planners, bureaucrats, educationists, students, selected builders, etc.
- The reduction of Chennai’s carbon footprint is the primary theme of the Ecocity Focus Lab in Chennai. This year, Chennai will kick off the implementations of the nationwide Smart City initiative. This Focus Lab will tackle the challenges of ensuring Smart Growth is also a part of the Smart City’s DNA.
- According to a 2015 study by the Indian Institute of Science, Chennai was ranked first in per capita greenhouse gas emissions among seven major cities – Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai. The city is largely dependent on imported oil resources, and the resultant damages have contributed to high costs of living and have also put huge strain on the environment. There are dozens of ways to improve the conditions in Chennai such as streamlining development to transit corridors to reduced development footprint, increasing rain water recharge and reuse, increasing vegetation cover and instilling efficient city processes to provide a higher quality of life for its residents and reduce strain on the environment.
Goals – Identify possible ways of:
- focusing development patterns to reduce our carbon footprint
- reducing wastage in consumption
- improving quality of life indicators
- combining Smart City indicators with Smart Growth indicators
- utilizing policy intervention to act on the aforementioned goals
Program and Structure:
- Consumption patterns of Chenna
- Understanding the International Ecocity Framework and Standards
- Identification of indicators for Ecocity framework for Chennai, which may be useful for other cities in India
- Collaboration with Chennai Smart City projects and identification of synergies
- Chennai is a 400 year old city that started as a trading post for the East India Company of the British. It is referred to as the Cultural Capital of India. It is India’s fourth largest city with an area of 1026 sq km and a population of more than 8 million people. It has many first of its kind in India to its credit – first tall building, first flyover, first suburban rail line, etc. The base point for Survey of India is located in St. Thomas Mount in the city. Many of the nationalized banks have their headquarters in the city. It is home to many famous historical temples and churches. It has a busy railway terminal, a harbour and an international airport. Chennai is the most visited Indian city by foreign tourists and is also named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten cities to visit in the World. It is also rated as the safest Indian city.
- Important industries include automobile and auto spares, healthcare, IT, ITES, electronics, garments, leather and education.