British Expertise International Awards 2016

British Expertise International Awards 2016

Pell Frischmann are pleased to announce that our Low-Carbon Infrastructure Study along India's ambitious economic corridors has been shortlisted for the 2016 British Expertise Award for Outstanding International Collaboration. Funded by the FCO, this study analyses infrastructure interventions which are commercially viable and provide maximum carbon reduction.

We worked closely with the University of Cambridge and conducted extensive collaborative workshops with the government, private industry, policy makers and funding agencies in UK and India, to develop comprehensive recommendations.

The study concludes with a unique concept for a model infrastructure spine that can achieve up to 50% carbon reduction by selected interventions in transportation, ICT and power infrastructure. The study also identifies opportunities for British technologies within the economic corridors.


This study aims to explore opportunities for low-carbon infrastructure within India's ambitious economic corridors and is based on the Delhi Mumbai Industrial corridor (DMIC) which includes the development of over 24 world-class cities/nodes. The study noted that while these nodes are being designed with low-carbon aspirations, the infrastructure connecting the nodes, is not fully exploited for carbon reduction.

Key elements:

  1. Review of international economic corridors and their low-carbon performance.
  2. Comparison of low-carbon metrics between India and international best practice (OECD benchmarks). The gap analysis showed that Power, Transport and ICT had the maximum gap and needed investment in low-carbon technology. It also confirmed that the linking infrastructure- corridor spine and connectors, provide strong opportunities to improve end-to-end connectivity, reduce overall carbon footprint, and enable ëplug and play' of future technologies.
  3. Review of relevant Indian policies at central government level, various state ministries, and national missions
  4. Analysis of low-carbon interventions within Transport, ICT and Power which provide maximum carbon reduction and commercial viability measured through payback periods.
  5. Development of a unique concept - the integrated model spine, operated by dedicated authority, which can provide upto 50% CO2 reduction.


  • Co-located Road, Railway, Power, ICT systems 
  • 200m verges to house renewable power generation for railway and potential export to grid/nodes 
  • Dedicated lane(s) for low-carbon vehicles and HOVs (high occupancy vehicles) 
  • Toll for fossil fuelled LOVs (low occupancy vehicles) 
  • Service stations with electric/biodiesel vehicle fuelling/charging 

Collaborative working: 

The 8 month study was highly collaborative, engaging multiple stakeholders across the UK and India. PF worked closely with the University of Cambridge to effectively combine its expertise in infrastructure design and delivery, with the university's expertise in analysis of low-carbon metrics.

Over 75 key stakeholders were consulted in workshops and 1-2-1 meetings across Government, authorities, private industry, policy makers, urban planners and funding agencies. International collaboration included consultations with Cambridge Cleantech companies and funding agencies, including DFID, JICA and NBAD (National Bank of Abu Dhabi)

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Impact of the study:

  1. The study successfully identified the opportunity of using the linking infrastructure within the corridor region, to reduce carbon.
  2. It developed a variety of low-carbon infrastructure interventions which significantly reduce carbon while offering commercial viability.
  3. The study has been extremely well received by the Indian corridors authorities, various ministries at central and state levels, funding agencies (local and international) and British technology companies. PF has now been asked to advise on an energy masterplan for the DMIC and develop a proposal for low-carbon ports and coastal development. DMIDC and DFCC ( Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation) is also in discussion with PF about a potential pilot project to showcase the model spine.
  4. Through its collaborative workshops, the study brought together diverse stakeholders to collectively develop recommendations for low-carbon infrastructure.
  5. Finally, the study has connected British Technology companies with realistic low- carbon opportunities within Indian economic corridors, both within the nodes/ cities and in the linking infrastructure.

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