Key Messages

New Delhi, 18 March 2024: ‘By 2030, India is expected to be home to 6 megacities with populations above 10 million. Currently, 17% of India’s urban population lives in slums. Ensuring access to adequate, safe, and affordable housing for all and the reduction of adverse environmental impact are key indicators of SDG 11,’ said Ms Sanyukta Samaddar, IAS – Commissioner NCR & SDGs, Government of Uttar Pradesh, India, during the launch of the report Pathways to Steer India’s Buildings Sector Towards a Net-Zero Future.

The report by the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), a science- and technology-based think tank, highlights the importance of curbing emissions from the building sector, particularly the indirect emissions.

The buildings sector currently accounts for 25% of India’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is expected to exceed India’s total remaining carbon budget by 2070. However, consumption cannot be curbed because this sector directly impacts well-being (shelter, thermal comfort, access to healthcare, etc.). It is, therefore, critical to understand the synergies between development goals and climate action in this sector to sustainably transition towards a net-zero economy.


Read the full report here.