Telangana’s Trailblazing Cool Roofs Policy: A Pioneering Step Towards Climate Resilience

Telangana's Trailblazing Cool Roofs Policy: A Pioneering Step Towards Climate Resilience


In a groundbreaking move, Telangana has launched a comprehensive state-wide Cool Roofs policy to provide a low-cost, climate-friendly solution for coping with extreme heat. The policy, first in India and worldwide, aims to protect its 35 million residents from scorching temperatures. It will also help save energy and money on air conditioning bills.

A Vision for a Cooler, Greener Telangana

Minister K.T. Rama Rao formally launched the policy in Hyderabad. Their ambitious goal is to install 300 square kilometers of cool roofs in the state by 2028. The scheme is expected to save 600 million units (GWh) of power per year after only five years of implementation. Over time, it will save 30 million metric tons of Kyoto gas (CO2).

Building on Success: From Pilot to State-Wide Policy

The policy stems from a pilot cool roof program initiated in 2017 by Telangana’s Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Department. The other collaborators are the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), NRDC, and other knowledge partners. The project includes awareness campaigns, business cooperation, and targeted installations in low-income communities.

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Cool Roofs: A Simple Solution for Extreme Heat Resilience

As climate change intensifies and South Asia faces the worst heat, cool roofs are an important strategy for keeping people safe. By reflecting sunlight and absorbing less heat, cool roofs improve indoor thermal comfort. It also has the potential to reduce city-wide ambient air temperatures, lessening the urban heat island effect.

Implementing Telangana’s Cool Roofs Policy

The policy focuses on four key objectives: rapid adoption, institutional frameworks, financing and outreach, and workforce development. Cool roofs are now mandatory for all government, non-residential, and commercial buildings, as well as residential buildings with a plot area of 600 sq. meters and above. They will also be included in government low-cost housing projects.


As the policy is ready, the focus is now on its execution.  NRDC and partners will work with the state to provide technical consultation, public outreach, and facilitated stakeholder engagement. By achieving its ambitious cool roof installation targets, Telangana sets an inspiring example for cities and states worldwide as they confront the challenges of rising temperatures.

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