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IFC-convened Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium to Make 20 percent of India’s New Homes Green

Mumbai, India, July 18, 2017: A first-of-its-kind, voluntary, private sector-led initiative, the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium (SHLC) is working towards mainstreaming green homes in India. The aim is for at least 20% of India’s new housing developments to be green by 2022.  
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, convened the consortium under the Eco-cities program supported by the European Union, in 2016. Founding members of the consortium include leading real-estate developers Godrej Properties Limited, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Limited, Shapoorji Pallonji Real Estate, Tata Housing Development Company Limited, and VBHC Value Homes Private Limited. Financial institutions HDFC Limited and PNB Housing Finance Corporation are also part of the consortium. SHLC has support and participation of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India.
“The European Union is committed to supporting the sustainable development of cities, with a particular focus on climate-change mitigation and adaptation, and energy efficiency – key areas of India and EU’s strategic partnership,” said Friederike Tschampa, Charge d’Affaires a.i., Delegation of the European Union to India.
Today, the real-estate sector is responsible for 24 percent of India’s annual greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, two-thirds of India’s built infrastructure still lies in the future. The Government of India’s mission of ‘Housing for All by 2022’ also points to this being a critical time to impact the footprint of the housing industry. Urban India will need approximately another 2.4 million homes to be built by 2020, which creates a massive opportunity for change.
SHLC is collectively committed to making 100 percent of its new housing portfolio green, thus contributing 110 million square feet of green housing by 2020. For the citizens of India, this will translate into an estimated saving of 198 million kWh per year (which could potentially power over 1 lakh additional households) and 108 billion liters in water savings. It would also reduce India’s carbon footprint by approximately 0.2 million metric tons of CO2, helping us progress towards the national goal of becoming a burgeoning low-carbon economy.
“Affordable and sustainable homes is a key part of IFC’s strategy in India. We invest and advise housing finance companies, developers, and have also helped leading private-sector banks to issue green bonds to finance green homes,” said Jun Zhang, Country Head, IFC, India. “Given the scale of the challenge, through SHLC, we want to influence the ecosystem to build a more sustainable and greener India.”
To achieve its aims, SHLC is identifying scalable, efficient technology that brings down the costs of going green. SHLC is also working closely with the government to create a supportive policy environment. It will launch a multimedia campaign to reach 7 million people, galvanizing public opinion on green homes.
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