Rapid urbanization has made sustainable urban transport an urgent development priority. Indian cities are expected to grow from 377 million in 2011 to 600 million by 2030. These cities must provide services to residents and deal with overburdened roads. The transport sector is already the second largest consumer of primary energy. It is a leading contributor to air pollution in the country. With cities poised to invest in infrastructure that will last for decades, huge opportunities lie to develop sustainable transport systems. This can avoid a lock-in of emission and energy intensive development patterns.

Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation supports the design and implementation of policies that can build sustainable transportation systems. Our work towards focuses on: better transport policies in cities, improved vehicle and fuel efficiency and energy efficient freight.



With an urban population of over 377 million people—and growing quickly—India faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility…
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India is the sixth largest producer of passenger vehicles in the world. Car sales are rapidly increasing and have surged ahead of bigger…
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Although the freight fleet accounts for only five percent of the total vehicles in India, it contributes disproportionately to fuel use (around 55%)…
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Catalyzing Investments for Sustainable Urban Transport through Municipal Finance Reforms

Sector: Transport Undertaken By : Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy Year: 2017

Over the next 20 years, India’s cities will require an investment of at least USD 800 billion to meet the growing demand for civic services. While some of this can be met through government funding, increasingly cities will have to seek recourse through other means, including the issuance of municipal bonds. While the potential of India’s...Read more

Smart Cities: Urban Mobility and Built Environment

Sector: Transport Undertaken By : Year: 2017

With the right policies and investments, India’s cities can be much more livable and prosperous. India’s Smart Cities Mission is an ambitious multiyear effort in this direction. The Mission aims to improve the quality of life in over 100 fast growing urban centres by strengthening their core infrastructure and making them more liveable and...Read more

SUMNet - Catalyzing Solutions for Sustainable Urban Transport

Sector: Transport Undertaken By : Pariksar Sanrakshan Sanvardhan Sanstha Year: 2017

Rapid urbanization has made sustainable urban transport an urgent development priority. The transport sector is already the second largest consumer of primary energy and a leading contributor to air pollution. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure a sustainable model of urban transport systems in our rapidly growing cities. To create a more...Read more

Better Infrastructure for Public Transport

Sector: Transport Undertaken By : SGArchitects Year: 2017

Developing safe and convenient bus systems is a key requirement for developing low-carbon transport systems in the country. An essential requirement of a good bus system is the availability of adequate supporting infrastructure like bus terminals and depots. However, most Indian cities do not have adequate supporting infrastructure. Towards...Read more

Towards Electric Vehicles in India

Sector: Transport Undertaken By : India Smart Grid Forum Year: 2017

Emissions from the transport sector contribute significantly to deteriorating air quality and human health in cities. Transport accounts for 20% of global energy use and contributes 25% to 30% of emissions. With the rapid acceleration of the Indian automobile market, Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a promising pathway towards enhancing air-quality,...Read more

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