Reducing vehicle emissions in India: Cost and benefit estimates

Clean air

The ICCT is completing a long-term study of India’s program to control vehicular air pollution, as that country seeks to reap the full social and economic benefits of increased mobility. The final report, forthcoming in early 2013, will provide an in-depth quantitative and qualitative analysis of transportation policies to promote clean air.

This webinar is the last in a series previewing some of the results of that study, and of additional related work on pathways and costs for India to produce ultra-low sulfur fuels (ULSF). Earlier webinars focused on vehicle emissions standards and compliance programs, fuel quality, reducing pollutant emissions and fuel consumption in two- and three-wheelers, and the transition to ultra-low-sulfur fuels.

This webinar takes a full look at the costs and benefits of ULSF and ULSF-enabled clean vehicles. We analyze the costs of clean vehicle technologies and add them to the costs of transitioning to ULSF in India. Costs are compared to benefits, which are measured in terms of avoided premature mortality due to lower particulate matter (PM) emissions. The economic benefits of avoided premature mortality are quantified using value of statistical life (VSL) estimates.

A related briefing paper is available here, while the webinar presentation is here. A full slate of recent materials on clean transportation policies in India can be found here.

Gaurav Bansal