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Beating the Heat: Unleashing Sustainable Urban Cooling Solutions

Beating the Heat: Unleashing Sustainable Urban Cooling Solutions

Mehak Bakshi



Tuesday, June 28, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 18
National Institute of Urban Affairs, India and the Cool Coalition
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
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Beating the Heat: Unleashing Sustainable Urban Cooling Solutions

Urban areas are on the front lines of climate change, with cities especially vulnerable to the growing heat crisis. By 2100, cities across the world could warm by 4.4°C, exposing the world’s growing urban population to conditions that will damage human health, productivity, and quality of life. India is particularly impacted by the rising heat - by the 2030s up to 200 million people in India could be exposed to lethal heatwaves.  

Ensuring access to thermal comfort in our cities is key, but we cannot just air condition our way out of the extreme heat challenge. Cities must take a comprehensive, whole-systems approach to cool cities, without warming the planet. . We have the solutions we need to fight extreme heat and sustainably increase heat resilience. But they need scaled-up implementation, investment, and tailoring to local contexts.  

The goal of the event is to provide a call to action to local and national governments, funders, investors, and solutions providers about the urgent need for sustainable cooling, nature-based solutions, and heat resilience in cities. The event will also highlight positive examples to date, including the ambitious efforts ongoing in India. A panel discussion will showcase champion cities’, national government, and other organizations’ efforts to build resilience to extreme heat in cities across the globe.


This session will raise awareness about the environmental, social, health and economic imperatives of urgently increasing our cities’ resilience to extreme heat. The session will also showcase the innovative, local and scalable approaches already being used by cities globally - both to protect populations and provide cooling sustainably and at low-cost..

The session will provide a call to action for cities, national governments, industry and finance to work together and join ongoing sustainable urban cooling initiatives and efforts, such as those being implemented by the UNEP-led Cool Coalition and National Institute of Urban Affairs.. 


Session speakers

Mr. Hitesh Vaidya
National Institute of Urban Affairs
Ms. Sonja Leighton-Kone
Deputy Executive Director
UN Environment Programme
Mr. Kunal Kumar
Joint Secretary
Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India
Ms. Supriya Sahu
Principal Secretary
Environment Climate Change and Forest, Government of Tamil Nadu, India
Ms. Eleni Myrivili
Chief Heat Officer
City of Athens, Greece