India Air Pollution & Health

Clean air

Vehicles currently account for about a third of major conventional pollutant emission in major Indian cities, and the rapid growth of vehicle sales will increase this proportion in the future. Total vehicular emissions may double over the next decade if current trends and policies continue. 

Understanding the effect of pollutants on human health is key to developing policies for environmentally friendly growth in the transportation sector. The Indian populace continues to grow wealthier, and a vibrant transportation network is necessary for continued economic development. Growth in the transportation that minimizes emissions of pollutants can boost economic development as lives are saved and medical costs are reduced.

To this end, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the Environmental Pollution Control Authority (EPCA), and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) organized a workshop to educate policymakers on the impact of air pollution on human health. Distinguished speakers presented the latest research on the topic. They also led technical sessions to further engage policymakers.

Presentations from the workshop:

Session One
Air pollution and its effects on health – Case studies, India, Manas Ranjan Ray, Twisha Lahiri (PowerPoint)
Session Two
Source Apportionment Studies for Vehicular Pollution Control- International Experiences, John G. Watson, Judith C. Chow, Eric Fujita
Session Three
Strategy and Options to Control Vehicular Air Pollution To Improve Air Quality International Experiences, Michael Walsh
Source Apportionment
Real-world Emission Characterization, Judith C. Chow, John G. Watson

Anup Bandivadekar, Gaurav Bansal