Towards a clean-air action plan: Lessons from Delhi

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

An analysis of the factors which led to Delhi experiencing one of its worst smog episodes in recent years in November of 2016 has been documented in this report. The report suggests source wise action status and a detailed plan of action for Delhi to combat the worsening air quality in the city.

Tagged Under Strengthening Air Quality Management

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Energy Efficiency
Climate Policy
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