Kolkata is a climate-vulnerable city. According to a study, it ranked seventh in the global list of cities facing the highest climate change in the coming decades, British Deputy High Commissioner (Eastern India), Sanjay Wadhwani said.
“We know that climate change will impact business and the Kolkata economy in sectors such as buildings, power, water and energy supply,” Wadhwani said, announcing the launch of a study by the Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) and Jadavpur University.
Backed by the British Deputy High Commission, the study “The Economics of a Low-Carbon Kolkata as part of the 10 Climate-Smart Cities” would be conducted in the Kolkata Metropolitan Area would help identify relevant policies to attract investment.
The KMA was chosen for the study because it is one of the 10 largest cities in the world and is growing at a rapid rate.
Jadavpur University Professor Joyashree Roy said that the programme would create a global network of cities representing different climates and states of development and reflecting varied approaches to green growth and concerns relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
“We will identify the projects for reducing carbon emissions and green growth. We will also suggest cost-effective ways for implementation of those projects,” Roy said.
West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) Chairman Binay K Datta said, “We will have to streamline issues and areas before making a bigger plan for energy conservation.
“One-third of the water supply in the city is wasted because of silly reasons like pipe leakage, we need to plug such loopholes,” he said.
“Even transport, we need more of elevated and underground metros to stop too much dependency on fuel-based transport,” he said.
He added that even housing projects needed to be designed in a way that lights and other electricity-based connections are wisely used.PTI