Air

Much before air pollution emerged as a critical health and environment issue in India, we developed state-of-the-art capacities for studying air quality. Our research focusses on a range of issues, including ambient air quality and apportionment of contributing sources , indoor air quality assessment for urban and rural households, regional scale assessment, impacts on health and agriculture, and capacity building of stakeholders for better management. Our research and analyses have been taken into account by policy makers for improvements in various standards and policies.

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    Cost effectiveness of interventions for control of air pollution in Delhi

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    Support to Government of Uttar Pradesh for establishment of Strategic and Policy Advisory Unit for Uttar Pradesh Clean Air Management Programme (UP CAMP)

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    How evidence-based actions can help achieve breathable air in Indian cities

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    Matters of Particulate Matter: An Air Pollution Education Initiative by TERI

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Projects

Articles

Air pollution causing heart diseases

Dr Kanhaiya Lal

Air pollution is one of the five leading causes of death worldwide. An eminent cardiologist associated with the Harvard Medical School presents terrifying statistics on worldwide deaths linked to air pollution. Air pollution-linked illness was found to be seven crores globally, and 70 lakh people lost their lives, according to the WHO. Out of these deaths, about 24 lakh deaths were associated with Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD), and 13 lakh deaths were due to heart strokes, that is, a total of 37 lakh deaths from heart-ailments.

Air Pollution in India: Major Issues and Challenges

This article foregrounds the challenges India is currently facing in reducing air pollution and bringing the level of air quality to a certain standard. It also discusses solutions that could be adopted to combat the national crisis.

Air Quality and Public Health Challenges: The battle can be won

Ms Meena Sehgal

It is time to take action on air pollution using both technology and awareness as major methods and it needs strong incentive mechanisms to ensure participation both by farmers and clean-energy producers

Vulnerability Index Tool: Vulnerability assessment for health

Ms Meena Sehgal
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Ms Vidhu Gupta

A prototype digital tool is being developed for state health departments in India to upload data, and the vulnerability index can be generated using the tool.

Air Pollution Health Effects online tool

Ms Meena Sehgal
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Ms Vidhu Gupta

This tool was created in collaboration with researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Statconsulta and sponsored by DST.

Events

Book Release: TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) 2022-23

January 23, 2024
to January 23, 2024

TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) is an annual publication brought out by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 1986. TEDDY presents latest information on energy supply sectors (coal and lignite, petroleum and natural gas, power and renewable energy sources), energy demand sectors (agriculture, industry, transport, residential, and commercial sectors), and environment (local and global). It seeks to support policy research and decision-making by providing policymakers and researchers with the data which can be used to develop actionable solutions.

स्वस्थ शरीर के लिए निशुल्क स्वास्थ्य शिविर

August 27, 2023
to August 27, 2023

August 27, 2023 at Shahid Park, Naubasta, Kanpur

In response to the growing concerns surrounding air pollution in Kanpur and its adverse effect on public health, TERI has organised comprehensive health camp under the CAP India Project supported by SDC.

WasteMAP Workshop on 'Key Strategies for Organic Waste Management'

August 23, 2023
to August 24, 2023

TERI Gram Retreat Centre in Gwal Pahari on August 23rd-24th, 2023

Stop Air Pollution before it causes health degradation: Swasth Sharir ke liye Swastya Shivir

August 20, 2023
to August 22, 2023

 

Taking a Breath of Fresh Knowledge: TERI's Health Camp in Lucknow

News

Delhi-NCR Pollution: Now if pollution is spread, then there will be a heavy fine; Heavy fine will be imposed for spreading pollution in Delhi NCR six member committee formed

June 3, 2024 |
June 3, 2024
Dainik Jagran

The factors of air pollution in the National Capital Region will now be monitored more strictly. There will also be strict action against those who violate the rules, including imposing fines and issuing closure notices. The Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM) has constituted an Enforcement Task Force (ACT) for this. This task force has become effective with immediate effect. Details of members of the six-member task force; 1. Dr. N.P. Shukla, Technical Member & Acting President of CAQM - Chairman; 2. Chairman or Member Secretary of CPCB - Member; 3.

47 km of unpaved roads in Delhi fixed to cut dust pollution

April 25, 2024 |
April 25, 2024
Hindustan Times

The agency said that it has directed the land and road-owning bodies of Delhi to expedite the work on the pending roads. A 2018 study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) found dust contributes to around 42% of PM10 in summer. To combat this, the department said 302 water sprinklers were currently deployed around the city, with capacities ranging from 1,000 to 9,000 litres per day. In addition, anti-smog guns are installed and operational at 48 government buildings. "We have identified another 56 buildings where such guns can be installed," the official added.

PM2.5 down by 7% in Faridabad, but it's still 3rd most polluted city

January 11, 2024 |
January 11, 2024
The Times of India

Faridabad is the only Haryana city listed as a 'non-attainment city' by the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), as its air quality didn't meet the national ambient air quality standards between 2011 and 2015. According to NCAP data, Faridabad's average PM2.5 concentration was 94.5 µg/m3 in 2019, which dropped to 87.6 µg/m3 in 2020 due to the lockdowns imposed during the pandemic. The number, however, spiked to 95.6 µg/m3 the following year. 'Non-attainment' cities have to reduce PM2.5 levels by 40%, keeping 2017 figures as the base, by 2026.

Knowing more about air pollution encourages people to help control it. Here's how

December 8, 2023
| Mr Justin Jacob and Mr Md Hafizur Rahman
| WION News

Public awareness and sensitisation are the cornerstone of addressing the pressing challenge of air pollution. It is crucial for us to understand the sources of air pollution, ranging from vehicular emissions to industrial processes, and their impact on our immediate surroundings says Mr Justin Jacob, Research Associate and Mr Md Hafizur Rahman, Associate Fellow, Air Quality Research Division, TERI.

State pollution control board hires TERI to shed light on sources of city's air toxins

November 22, 2023 |
November 22, 2023
The Telegraph

The state pollution control board has hired The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to do a source apportionment study on air pollution in Kolkata and Howrah, a survey that will give an estimate of what contributes how much to the city's air pollution. Source apportionment study is the method of assessing relative contribution of pollution sources to particulate matter in air.

India Makes Progress Curbing Crop Burning in Bid to Combat Smog

November 8, 2023 |
November 8, 2023
Bloomberg Quint (BQ Prime)

Air quality will likely worsen toward the end of December though farm fires don't continue throughout the winter season. The main challenge in Indian cities is dust from construction and other activities says Dr Anju Goel, Fellow, Air Quality Research Division, TERI.

Policy

Could the National Capital Region serve as a control region for effective air quality management in Delhi?

November 4, 2020

Air pollution does not follow administrative boundaries, and needs to be tackled at the regional "airshed" level at which it is caused. Identifying the appropriate candidates for airshed management requires scientific analysis using systematically developed emissions inventories and dispersion models to simulate the impact of the estimated emissions on air quality.

Emissions control in thermal power stations: Issues, challenges, and the way forward

February 21, 2020

As per TERI's analysis, of the total environmental pollution in 2016, the power sector reportedly accounted for 51% of sulphur dioxide (SO2), 43% of carbon dioxide (CO2), 20% of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and 7% of PM2.5 emissions.

Crop residue management: Solution to achieve better air quality

January 30, 2020

Residents of different cities (probably villages too) of India breathe some of the least healthy air of the globe. During 2017, about 76.8% of the population of India were exposed to annual population-weighted mean PM2·5 greater than the limit recommended by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQ: 40 mg/m3) (Balakrishnan, Dey, Gupta, et al. 2019). Over last five years, the annual population-weighted mean ambient PM2·5 concentrations were significantly higher over the Indo- Gangetic Plain (IGP) region in comparison to other parts of the country.

Fleet Modernization: A solution to achieve better air quality

December 10, 2019

India's transport demand has grown from a total of 5.3 million in 1981 to 230 million in 2016, with two-wheelers and cars having 73% and 14% share, respectively. Commercial vehicles though constitute only about 5% of the total fleet, contribute to nearly 80% of total PM emissions.

Phase-wise implementation of fleet modernization (transforming pre BS-IV commercial vehicles to BS-VI) would lead to a 40-80% reduction in PM and NOx emissions from the sector by 2025.

Opportunities with Biofuel: Co-benefit of Air Quality Improvement

December 5, 2019

While biofuels have been discussed as one of the ways to reduce air pollution, changing the process of bio-diesel production is needed to reduce tailpipe emissions of nanoparticles. These are lesser known pollutants even more harmful than PM2.5 and PM10.

Position paper on Improving Inspection and Maintenance System for In-use Vehicles in India

March 3, 2017

The transport sector is an important contributor to pollution in cities. The sector accounts for a significant contribution in PM2.5 concentrations in most Indian cities. In Bengaluru, the sector accounts for almost 50% of PM2.5 concentrations.

Team

Associate Director, Air Quality Research
Area Convenor, Environment and Health Assessment
Area Convenor, Centre for Air Quality Research