Enhancing air quality emissions standards in India

Enhancing air quality emissions standards in India
27 January 2017

New research from Ricardo - produced in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), and supported by the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation - provides recommendations to strengthen India’s industrial emissions standards and support the country’s ambitions to reduce emissions and improve ambient air quality.

The new report compiles research led by Ricardo’s UK-based Policy Team working alongside its network of in-country experts and partners. Combining local insight with international expertise enabled Ricardo to make effective recommendations for improving the process by which standards are established in India, set against international best practice from the US, Europe and China. A series of interviews were undertaken with key stakeholders at all levels of government, industry and NGOs and a stakeholder workshop was held to disseminate and discuss the findings of the work. 

The report identifies four critical challenges to establishing consistent and effective emissions standard setting in India – limited resources in relevant Government Agencies, a lack of clarity of the process for setting standards, limited stakeholder engagement and, in some instances, gaps in the underlying evidence base – and provides practical recommendations to overcome them. The findings will support the Government of India to develop a robust, evidence based approach to emissions standard setting as part of its goal to mitigate industrial emissions, improve compliance with national ambient air quality standards and ultimately safeguard the health of the population.  

Ben Grebot, Ricardo Energy & Environment Technical Business Manager, said: "India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Robust, evidence based emissions standards are essential to underpin this growth while meeting the country’s long term commitments to sustainable national development. I am confident that the findings of the study and resulting recommendations can add real value, helping to lay out a roadmap to strengthen the process by increasing institutional capacity, creating a more transparent process, building on a strong evidence base and enabling productive engagement with key stakeholders". 

Over 130 Ricardo air quality experts are active globally. The company works ‘on-the-ground’ with public sector bodies, NGOs, regional utility companies and international donors in India and worldwide. 

For further information on the report and advice on industrial pollution control, including emissions standards setting, please contact Ben Grebot at [email protected]