Dissemination and Training Workshops for “Urban Air Pollution & Co-benefits Analysis in Six Indian Cities”

Background of the Study:

In 2010-11, as part of a project funded by Climate Works/Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation we studied the air pollution (non-CO2) and climate (CO2) co-benefits of multiple interventions for six cities in India – Pune, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Surat, and Rajkot.

In this study, we first established baseline emissions inventories and using pollution modeling methods estimated the health impacts for various sources including transport, domestic, industrial, and garbage burning. Given the current trends in motorization and industrial growth, the cities are expected to face significant human health impacts as a result of pollution. However, our research indicates that even modest interventions can have a significant impact on public health and CO2 emissions. The six cities combined are expected to save ~5,800 pollution exposure related premature deaths, translated to ~USD 640 million in health cost savings, and a reduction of ~16.8 million tons of CO2 per year by 2020.

More information on the study is available from this link

This year we focused on a dissemination phase to communicate the study results, demonstrate the analytical tools involved in such an analysis, and thus build capacity of the involved stakeholders for urban air quality and co-benefits management in the six cities of the previous study.

The project is designed as a series of workshops and training events:

  • Four city workshops were held covering 6 cities Pune, Chennai, Indore, Rajkot, Surat and Ahmedabad focusing on methodologies, study results (emissions and scenarios), and conclusions as well as demonstration of the analytical tools.
  • The National Workshop on Air Quality Management held in Delhi on 21 June 2012 – with over 40 participants from the case study cities and invitees from government, non-government, and academic institutions in Delhi. The national workshop included a discussion on next steps and possible roll-out to more cities.
  • Three–day SIM-air training workshop in Delhi on 18 to 20 June. The training sessions covered all the components of integrated air quality management necessary to analyze and manage the air pollution in the cities, including a) overview of the SIM-air modelling system, b) tools to develop an emissions inventory and available resources, c) methodologies for establishing the spatial and the temporal variability of the emissions in a city, d) variety of the dispersion models available for translating emissions into concentrations and necessary data resources, such as meteorological conditions, e) methodologies to evaluate and valuate health impacts due to air pollution, f) validation of the modelled emissions and concentrations using the monitoring data, g) dissemination of the modeled and monitored data for scientific and public awareness, h) management options available, possible, and their limitations, to command and control air pollution in the cities and i) optimization modules to prioritize management options for the city.

Donor: Shakti Foundation

Duration: Dec 2011 – Jun 2012

Parthaa Bosu, parthaa.bosu(at)cleanairasia.org