A clean air tool for cities

Sector Climate Policy
Grantee Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Year 2016

Indian cities need to follow well planned air quality management strategies to meet clean air targets.The Centre for Science and Environment developed a dynamic tool to assess the adequacy of air quality management strategies in Indian cities based on some simple but comprehensive set of indicators.The tool is intended to be used by regulators and relevant public agencies to take requisite steps for mitigation.The report documents the assessment of action and progress across 10 major Indian cities.

Tagged Under Strengthening Air Quality Management

  • Collaborating Efforts to Mitigate Pollution in the Indo-Gangetic Plain
  • Increasingly, the public debate on air pollution is moving beyond the National Capital Region. According to a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) last year, 10 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in India, many of them lying in the 12,500 sq. km Indo-Gangetic plain and grappling with hazardous levels of air pollution.

  • Addressing HPMP Stage II Implementation Challenges for the SME Foam Sector
  • This study assesses the challenges likely to be faced by SMEs in the foam sector and possible measures that can be taken to facilitate a successful transition from HCFC-141b to alternative solutions.

  • Financing State Climate Actions Initiatives in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh
  • The report documents initiatives that the states of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have undertaken to finance their climate actions and action plan which the States can refer to while developing concept notes to select climate funds, in particular the NAFCC. The report also provides suggestions on potential areas for the NABARD to further its State level engagement in enabling financing of climate actions.

  • Public awareness, perceptions and attitudes on air quality in urban India
  • The Survey, “A Hazy View” posed a wide range of questions on the subject of air pollution awareness, perceptions and attitudes across 11 Indian cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Kanpur, Patna, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Gwalior, Kolkata, Varanasi and Lucknow. Nationally, the respondents tend to come from an educated background and are male by a very clear majority. A majority of the respondents across cities claim to be reasonably aware about air pollution, with Delhi respondents proclaiming themselves to be the best informed. However, the survey reveals that across cities, the levels of understanding/knowledge appear to be lower than claimed.

  • Promoting Low-GwP Refrigerants through Public Procurement
  • This policy brief highlights the role of public procurement and its importance in promoting climate-friendly refrigerants in the public sector in India, particularly through the example of low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant ACs.

  • Developing an Ecosystem to Phase Out HFCs in India
  • This report highlights the relevance of, and presents an institutional design for, a dedicated multi-stakeholder research and development platform to address India’s domestic concerns and to meet its international commitments for the phasing out of HFCs.

  • Can India’s Air Conditioning Service Sector Turn Climate Friendly?
  • The air-conditioning service sector is important not only from the perspective of reducing HFC emissions during servicing, but also from the perspective of maintaining energy efficiency of the equipment and ensuring safe operation of the equipment. This study was done to understand the present state of the AC servicing sector, to assess the level of skill and knowledge of the technicians about Good Services Practices (GSPs) to reduce refrigerant leakages, and to provide a foundation for future policy decisions.

  • Converging the Divergence between Diesel and Petrol Prices: A Case for Rationalisation of the Central Excise Duty
  • Despite the deregulation of petrol and diesel prices in the past, there remains a considerable differential in the prices of both these fuels. The report documents the findings of the sector by sector analysis carried by IRADe which suggests that the rationalisation of the excise tax through a revenue-neutral approach is practical and there will not be significant impact on the end users.

  • Significance of the decision at Kigali: Implications for India (Policy Brief)
  • This policy brief assesses the decisions taken at Kigali and its long-term implications for India. It highlights the key challenges which India may face to fulfil its commitments under the Kigali Amendment. It also discusses some emerging opportunities in the area of energy efficiency that emerge from phasing down the use of HFCs.

  • Significance of the decision at Kigali: Implications for India
  • The policy brief highlights key challenges surrounding the HFC phase down such as the uncertainties related to the cost of this transition and the availability of alternate low-GWP refrigerant gases to replace HFCs. It also discusses the emerging opportunities to increase energy-efficiency gains by transitioning to HFC alternatives.

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