LC3 members

In Switzerland, Cuba and India:


The Global Programme on Climate Change (GPCC) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), a directorate of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and represented in India through the Climate Change and Development Division (CCD), Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi is supporting this research, climate action and development programme.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university, with students, professors and staff from over 120 nationalities. The team at the Laboratory of Construction Materials has world leading expertise on the chemistry and microstructure of cement and concrete. EPFL takes the global lead in this project.

Central University “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas, established in 1952, is the second largest and most diverse university in Cuba. CIDEM is a R&D centre having a wealth of experience in the interphase between science and practical implementation, with a strong emphasis in the area of habitation. Through an innovative process CIDEM develops appropriate technologies for the manufacture of ecomaterials. CIDEM is the pioneering partner for low carbon cement.

Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA), is a social enterprise of the Development Alternatives Group set up in 1985 at New Delhi. For the last 25 years, TARA has been incubating technology based enterprises for creation of sustainable livelihoods in large numbers. TARA develops, promotes and nurtures “scalable solutions for people and our planet”. TARA’s objective as an “incubation engine” revolves around impact in the areas of Clean Technology, Basic Needs and Resource Ef ciency. TARA is the technology application partner in this project.


The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) was founded in 1960 The vision of the institute is to contribute to India and the world through excellence in scientific and technical education and research as well as to serve as a valuable resource for both industry and society;. IIT Delhi is the technical lead in India in this project.


Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is one among the foremost institutes of national importance in higher technological education, basic and applied research. IIT Madras is a research and application partner in this project.