Research and consultancy


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, over the last 20 years, has built considerable in-house research capacity drawing on inter-disciplinary teams of experts and practitioners across its offices worldwide. Links and transfers on research and projects have been continuously extended with partners and relevant actors. The results have supported the development of guidelines, manuals and policies, built capacity, furthered partnerships, as well as ICLEI's advocacy work, especially at the global level. 


Technical and consulting services, as well as event organization, are provided on a contract basis, in a variety of areas including: 

  • Support to implement public participation and good governance, sustainability management, green procurement, energy efficiency, and climate protection;
  • Surveys, best practices identification and documentation, methodological research, and other studies;
  • Development of pilot and demonstration projects;
  • Fee-for-service technical consulting in key management areas relevant to local government.
  • Organization of conferences, seminars, training courses tailored to the needs of local government experts. 

Key areas where we provide Research and Consultancy services are as follows:

  • Assessment of existing energy mix and potential for integration of local renewables
  • Energy efficiency in municipal services and facilities
  • Energy efficiency in the built environment
  • Renewable energy and Energy efficiency technologies
  • Climate Action planning : baseline GHG emission quantification, forecasting and target setting, Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) formulation and implementation
  • Financing for RE deployment and climate mitigation solutions
  • Integrated Urban Water management
  • Integrated Municipal Solid Waste management
  • Decentralized solutions for sanitation
  • City Sanitation Plans
  • Urban Climate vulnerability assessment and planning
  • Urban Environmental Management action planning
  • Smart City Action plans
  • Heritage City Action plans
  • Non-motorised Transport (NMT) plans
  • Non-motorised Transport (NMT) assessments
  • Integrating biodiversity management into urban planning
  • People's biodiversity register
  • Biodiversity index of urban areas
  • Pictorial Biodiversity handbooks, calendars and other publications for cities
  • Policy analysis for urban built environment
  • Parking polcies and strategies
  • Helping cities assess capacity to implement Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC)
  • Urban Transport status assessments
  • Pre-feasibility studies
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