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Air pollution

Science-based Action towards Air-shed Management

The Centre promotes the scientific understanding of sources of air pollution and implementation of action by constituting multi-stakeholder forums to improve air quality in the common airshed. Four source-specific task forces were set up in Delhi (NCR), led by relevant agencies, including resulting action plans based on detailed source apportionment by IIT Kanpur, in partnership with the NITI Aayog.
While three task forces led by relevant ministries of Government of India held consultations through 2017 and released their action plans in February 2018, the fourth task a force led by India Inc. released ‘Clean Industry Action Plan’ for Delhi NCR in November 2019.

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India CEO Forum on Clean Air

In July 2019, 19 CEOs of India Inc. came forward as founding members of the India CEO Forum on Clean Air to provide corporate leadership to drive cross-sectoral action on air pollution. During consecutive meetings held through October and December 2019, a declaration was charted, to provide impetus to corporate action on air pollution, signed by 22 CEOs.More signatories are expected to come on board as the ‘Cleaner Air - Better Life’ the movement gains momentum.
The action agenda was drafted and is being implemented for cleaner air. Aspiration of the forum is to achieve tangible improvements in ambient air quality by committing action on air pollution. Three working groups have been designed under the CEO Forum:
1. ‘Sustainable Transportation’ for developing industry roadmap.
2. Panel on ‘Best practices’
3. Panel on ‘Technology Assessment’

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Air Pollution and Sustainable Agriculture

The Centre provides the knowledge platform to varied stakeholders including governments, farmers and rural entrepreneurs in Punjab and Haryana for crop residue management. Crop residue burning, a key factor behind peak air pollution episodes in National Capital Region (NCR) also affects the farming community. The decades’ old the practice of burning, combined with overuse of chemical inputs, severely impacts soil health, leading to lower productivity in the long run.
The Centre undertook detailed assessment in 2017 led by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change and recommended scaling up technologies. The Centre galvanized industry action on crop residue management and demonstrated solutions in a highly participatory manner. The program is now scaled to 102 villages across Punjab & Haryana., which includes both, in-situ technologies and ex-situ solutions.

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Activities & updates

About intervention

Air pollution needs to be addressed at source and multiple solutions covering cleaner fuels and other technologies need to be demonstrated, evaluated and deployed at scale in a cost-effective manner. Right information and mass awareness are crucial to solve air pollution. The core initiative ‘Cleaner Air Better Life’ will act as a multi-stakeholder platform for enabling policy, build clean air action plans for businesses, governments and communities, undertake rapid assessment of various technologies, design proactive and collaborative industrial roadmaps, measure the impact of programmes and policies aimed at air quality improvement, build case studies, design targeted awareness and communication, compile best practices for management from various sectors etc for addressing the issue of air pollution in the coming future.

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