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Work Overview

What happened to our right to CLEAN AIR!
Our campaign started with blowing the lid on smog and exposing the smogmakers in a city where a person dies every hour due to air pollution. The campaign carries on to clean the air of noxious pollutants to make breathing easier for all.

PARKING POLICY FOR CLEAN AIR & LIVEABLE CITIES

 Why this guidance on parking policy?
After Delhi implemented its first generation air pollution control measures during the early part of the last decade, there was an improvement in air quality. But this gain in air quality was soon lost. While improvement of technology remained an unfinished agenda, failure to address the explosive increase in the number of vehicles threatened to undo the small increment in air quality.

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Urban Air Quality Management in Ethiopia: A Guidance Farmework

Objectives and scope of the guidance
Air pollution is one of the leading risk factors in the developing regions of Africa. Africa is one of the fastest-urbanizing regions and more than half of its population is expected to live in polluted urban areas by 2040.

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Towards Clean Air in Nigerian Cities

This is a rapid review of the current concerns around urban air pollution and public health challenges in Nigerian cities. It aims to identify the key policy gaps that need to be addressed while framing the policy guidance on national urban air quality management in Nigeria.

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Reinventing air quality monitoring

 With national ambient air quality standards in place, it is important to set up the air quality monitoring grid to generate air quality data on a routine basis. This will help assess risks and implement control measures. While advanced countries including the US, Japan and European nations have evolved advanced monitoring systems, most developing countries of Asia and Africa are still languishing with very basic monitoring or no monitoring at all.

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Through the thick air

This Diwali, PM 10 and PM 2.5 reached eight times the safe limit. Its not the first time and it won't be the last. Burning of crop stubble, road dust and vehicular emissions are main culprits

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Heavy duty/ truck report

 Trucks are a major contributor to air pollution and fuel guzzling with serious public health and climate change consequences. Rapid growth in the economy and trade is continuously expanding roadbased freight traffic, bringing more and more trucks on roads.

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Legal framework paper

 Why this study?
India has set ambient air quality standards for several pollutants. According to the rules of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the annex monitoring agency, the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) should be met for at least 98 per cent of the days in a year.

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Children in the Chulha Trap


Why this study?
This quick assessment has been carried out by Centre for Science and Environment to ascertain how switching from biomass-based solid fuels to cleaner liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for cooking of midday meals in anganwadis (day care centres that facilitate informal learning under supervision) in Bihar can help reduce exposure of children to toxic air.

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CSE Conclave - Our Right to Clean Air: Enabling city action for clean air

Date: April 19 - 20, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 6:00 pm
Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Status of air pollution during winter of 2015-16 and the impact of odd-even car rationing scheme on air quality

January 21, 2016

1. Overall pollution level this winter is higher than last winter. This demands emergency action

This winter has witnessed extremely high level of pollution. Typical winter conditions -- cold temperature, lower mixing height of air, calm and no-wind conditions trap air and pollution. As a result, pollution builds up very quickly and peaks. This is why winter months require tougher emergency action to reduce pollution. Weather is an important constraint in pollution management.  

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Air quality benefits of odd-even vehicle rationing programmein Delhi: An analysis of week 1

Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority for NCR

January 8, 2016

Overall pollution level this winter is higher than last winter. This demands emergency action

This winter has witnessed extremely high level of pollution. Typical winter conditions -- cold temperature, lower mixing height of air, calm and no-wind conditions trap air and pollution. As a result, pollution builds up very quickly and peaks. This is why winter months require tougher emergency action to reduce pollution. Weather is an important constraint in pollution management.

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Bengaluru residents actually breathe in air which has 3-12 times higher pollution levels than the ambient level – says CSE study in the city
  • Bengaluru is in the grip of rising air pollution. Official ambient air quality monitoring has shown 57 per cent increase in particulate matter in just four years. In more than 85 per cent of monitoring locations, the levels have exceeded standards

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Stakeholder Workshop on Air quality and transportation challenges in Ethiopia and agenda for Clean Air Action Plan

A joint initiative of Ministry of Environment and Forest, The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Centre for Science and Environment, India 

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Safe Accessibility for Road Users

CSE conducted a three-day training programme on ‘Safe Accessibility for Road Users’ in New Delhi from July 27– 29, 2015. This was a specialised programme designed to help officials in developing strategies needed to enhance safe accessibility for pedestrians and non-motorized transport modes. 

CSE condemns misrepresentation of findings of recent CSIR study on diesel and CNG buses

Says it misleads policy action on emissions standards and technology roadmap for CNG and diesel buses in India 

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Gurgaon city dialogue on Action for Clean Air in Gurgaon: Our City. We Care

The collaborative workshop on Action for Clean Air in Gurgaon: Our City. We Care was a joint initiative of the Artemis Hospital, gurgaon and the New Delhi based Centre for Science and Environment. The city dialogue held on December 23, 2014 in Main Auditorium of Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon, and was attended by nearly 50 participants.

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Diesel at Crossroads: Charting the roadmap for co-benefits of health and climate mitigation

CSE symposium, 20 November 2014; BAQ 2014 Conference, Colombo

Centre for Science and Environment organised a symposium on 20 November 2014 at the Better Air Quality conference held in Colombo during 19-21 November 2014

MEDIA BRIEFING: Controlling air pollution through fiscal measures (taxes and pricing)

Has diesel pricing deregulation helped address toxic risk from diesel vehicles?’

Jacaranda 2, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

November 28, 2014

10 AM-5.00 PM

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) invites you to a day-long briefing on whether diesel price deregulation has helped bring down the pollution caused by diesel vehicles.

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STEPPING TOGETHER: A Conclave of Changemakers for Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility

CSE organised a unique event on 26th September 2013 at Jacranda Hall, India Habitat Centre to celebrate positive action on sustainable mobility in Indian cities. The event engaged in dialogue with changemakers from different cities of India who made a difference to mobility and air quality related concerns. This occasion was to acknowledge positive action to create policy stake in change and deepen public understanding of what is needed to move forward.

Mr Chidambaram, please show guts to win votes

UPA II should have had the courage to stand by its earlier decision to tax cars and SUVs higher to address the crisis of energy and pollution, says CSE 

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) welcomes Mr Moily’s decision to slash CNG prices

Says the step will help public transport and clean up the air

Delhi loses air pollution control race to Beijing
  • CSE releases results of its latest rapid assessment of air quality trends and pollution control measures in Delhi and Beijing

Whose interest will Mr Moily protect – environment or industry?

CSE questions the CNG price hike. Says it brings CNG prices closer to that of diesel, a polluting fuel

CSE warns Delhi-NCR on smog: Step up action to prevent public health disaster
  • Delhi enveloped by smog – what is the key reason?

CSE assesses air quality and mobility initiatives in Indian cities

Harish Salve releases book based on the assessment

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CSE Workshop Series on Transport and Climate

CSE organised a two-day Workshop series on the theme of 'Transport and Climate' on July 24 - 25, 2013 at Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. India and the Asian region are experiencing rapid motorization. Not only our cities face health threatening pollution, they are also in the grip of severe oil guzzling in the transportation sector which is worsening climate and energy security risk.

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Chandigarh City Dialogue on Air Quality and Transportation Challenge: An Agenda for Action

Chandigarh, May 24, 2013

The collaborative workshop on Air quality and transportation challenge: An agenda for action in Chandigarh was a joint initiative of the Chandigarh administration and the New Delhi based Centre for Science and Environment. The city dialogue, held on May 24, 2013 in J. W. Marriott, Chandigarh was attended by nearly 110 participants.

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Workshop on Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility in Bengaluru

A joint initiative of the Centre for Science and Environment and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board

Venue: Auditorium of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board at 'Parisara Bhavan', #49, 4th & 5th Floor, Church Street, Bengaluru
Date: March 22, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 9 am – 4 pm

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Workshop on Global Burden of Disease: Air Pollution amongst top killers in India

A joint initiative of the Centre for Science and Environment, Indian Council of Medical Research and Health Effects Institute

Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Date: February 13, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 1 pm - 6 pm

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Round Table conference on Funding Strategies for Bus Transport held on December 18, 2012 in Delhi

Buses provide the bulk of public transport services in many Indian cities. Its share in daily travel in bigger cities can be as high as 40-60 per cent. Cities are looking at bus transport reforms to reduce auto mobile dependence, congestion, and pollution. Cities like Delhi are setting such high targets as 80 per cent public transport share by 2020, but such a goal can be met only if bus transport is scaled up.

CSE slams reported efforts by industry to dilute car fuel economy standards
  • Standards already approved by PMO after public consultations

Press release: CSE welcomes Supreme Court nod to tax diesel cars
  • The Supreme Court has acknowledged that dieselisation of cars needs to be addressed with effective tax measures

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Kathmandu Dialogue Air Quality and Transportation Challenge in South Asia: An Agenda for Action

A joint initiative of the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi and Ministry of Physical Planning, Works and Transport Management, Government of Nepal 

WHO says there is a definite link between diesel exhaust and cancer

CSE says India must pay heed to the findings and stop state-sponsored homicide by allowing uncontrolled use of dirty diesel

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On World Environment Day, CSE warns Delhi’s air pollution and congestion crisis will worsen this decade if urgent action is not taken
  • Nearly every day this summer, both particulate matter and ozone levels have exceeded standards. These pollutants can snuff life out of cities
  • On top of that, carbon dioxide emissions from cars have added to the warming in and around the city
Parking: Multi-level dilemma

Lessons from Multi-Level Parking in Delhi
CSE calls for end to parking subsidies, an effective increase in parking charges, stringent enforcement and high penalties for violations.

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CSE workshop: 'Our Right of Way: Walk and Cycle'

CSE’s clean air and urban mobility team organized a workshop ‘Our Right of Way: Walk and Cycle’ in New Delhi on March 22, 2012. This discussion forum included participants from all the key organsiations, stakeholders, civil society representatives, policy makers bicycle industries, cycle clubs and regulators. All witnessed the different source of knowledge at one go from different stakeholders.

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CSE's Press Release: Dialogue on Air Pollution and our health
  • Doctors warn: We need to act fast to breathe easy
CSE Survey for Parking Charges: Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi

Parking pricing strategies are essential tools for bringing about a balance in the modal split between private vehicles and the public transport by influencing the traveller’s choice. High congestion levels are due to the travellers’ preference for the private mode of transport. Therefore, in order to bring about a better modal split balance, it becomes imperative to improve the public transit quality and also to charge a fee in the form of congestion fee or parking fee in order to check the growing congestion.

Orientation Programme on Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean Vehicle Technology and Fuels

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organising a three-day orientation programme at New Delhi from September 25 – 27, 2012 for policy makers from different cities of India and South Asia. The objective of this forum is to promote good regulatory practices in air quality management, clean vehicle technology, fuels and management of in-use fleet and mobility management. Managing urban air quality is turning out to be a serious governance challenge in cities. More than half of Indian cities are reeling under serious particulate pollution.

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CSE’s international conference on parking reforms

Call for a parking strategy for better management that can control traffic chaos as well as dampen parking demand and car usage

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Workshop on Air Quality and Environmentally Sustainable Transport in Colombo: April 28, 2011

The Clean Air and sustainable mobility programme of the Centre for Science and Environment organised the Sri Lanka Country Workshop on Air Quality and Environmentally Sustainable Transport along with the Air Resource Management Centre (Air MAC), Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Transport in Colombo.

International Conference on Parking Reforms for a Liveable City

Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi
Date: August 17, 2011 (9.30 am – 5 pm)

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is organising an international conference – Parking Reforms for a Liveable City in New Delhi on August 17, 2011.

Workshop on Toxic Air and Our Health: Dialogue with Doctors

Venue: Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi

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Experience Sharing Dialogue in Dhaka: Improving Quality and Performance of Natural Gas Vehicle Program in South Asia

Dhaka and Delhi met to discuss natural gas vehicle programme -- a unique opportunity for a clean up in the region where the mainstream technology of diesel and petrol are languishing. CSE-DOE event enthused all for a more robust CNG strategy for cleaner air.

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Tracking Winter Pollution in Delhi 2010

Time to breath easy is over, air pollution is reaching critical levels again this winter. CSE has reviewed the daily air quality data generated by the Central Pollution Control Board and others.
(Air pollution facts. pdf)

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Why clean diesel is a myth in India?

Hell broke lose when the environment minister Jairam Ramesh called SUVs criminal for guzzling cheap subsidized diesel. He is right -- The real beneficiaries of the diesel subsidy are the owners of "BMWs, Benz and Hondas'', and not the farmers. He pitched for reforms in diesel prices; penalty on those who use subsidized diesel for luxury use in SUVs.

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Urban Transport Strategies: Agenda for Reforms

An orientation programme for policy makers

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Footfalls: Obstacle Course to Livable Cities

This study provides detailed analysis of walking conditions in Indian cities. The analysis indicates that walkability is overlooked and undervalued in transport planning, and that improved walkability is justified for equity and efficiency sake.

It provides specific recommendations for improving walking conditions to address a variety of planning objectives.

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Choc-A-Block: Parking Measures to Address Mobility Crisis

Global experience bears out that parking management is one of the most powerful instruments to reduce travel by personal vehicles that also influences commuting choices in favour of public transport.

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Why CSE says ‘NO’ to cars

Press Note: March 13, 2009 
Cars may drive growth and aspirations, but they can never meet the commuting needs of urban India. Cars choke cities, harm public health and guzzle more oil.
More than a half of our cities, especially the smaller ones, are getting smothered by critical levels of pollution and congestion.

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Fuel Adulteration Report

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has done an independent assessment of the fuel adulteration problem in the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT) and the National Capital Region (NCR) following a direction from the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) under the Supreme Court order dated November 22, 2001.

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Safety of CNG Buses in Delhi: Findings and Recommendations

This evaluation has very clearly identified operational difficulties and addressed fresh safety concerns. In view of the cursory attention paid to inspection and safety norms, experts have made several recommendations that include: improving the institutional framework for coordinated action, firming up inspection requirements to ensure compliance with safety regulations, and training needs for capacity building. The experts’ study argues for institutional arrangements being put in place to mitigate current safety problems — as well as those that may arise in the future.

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CSE Roundtable on Transport and Climate

CSE organised a roundtable discussion on 'Transport and climate: building an agenda for action' along with the Global Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport in New Delhi on November 18, 2009. This brought together experts, policy makers, and civil society groups to discuss the climate imperatives of the transportation sector.

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February 16, 2017   Orientation Workshop on Safe Access and Parking Strategies for Liveable Cities
 
 
January 17-21, 2017   Indo-Africa Training Programme Clean Air Action Planning Strategies for Liveable Cities
 
 
November 30 - December 2, 2016   Bus Transport Reforms: Policies and Strategies
 
 
 
December 27-29, 2016   AMRUT Orientation Programme for Urban Local Body Officials of Andhra Pradesh
 
 
 
December 12-14, 2016     Safe Access and Parking Strategies for Liveable Cities

 

 
 
 
October 26,
2016
  Orientation Workshop on Urban Air Quality and Transportation Challenges in Southern Region: An agenda for action
 
 
 
 
July 4, 2016   Integrating Air Quality Management with Sustainable Mobility
 
 
 
March 2-4,
2016
    Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility for Cities
 
 
 
November 23,
2015
    Parking Planning and Management
 
 
 
November 16-17,
2015
  Urban Air Quality Challenges and Strategies to Reduce Emissions from In-Use and New Vehicles
 
 
 
September 28-30,
2015
  Training Programme Bus Reforms –Policies and Strategies
 
 
 
July 27-29,
2015
  Training Programme on Safe Accessibility for Road Users
 
 
 
April 6 – 8,
2015
  India-Africa Experience Sharing Orientation Workshop on Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility
 
 
 
December
22 – 24,
2014
  Focus on Clean Vehicle Technology, Fuels and Mobility Management conducted
 
 
 
September
17 – 19,
2014
  Planning and designing for inclusive streets and safe access
 
 
 
August 6 – 8,
2014
  Orientation Programme on Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean Vehicle Technology, Fuels and Mobility Management
 
 
 
June 25 – 27,
2014
  Orientation Programme on
Urban Transportation Reforms for Liveable Cities
 
 
 
March 27,
2014
  Training Programme on
Policy, Planning and Design for Sustainable Mobility
 
 
 
July 26, 2013   Orientation workshop on Parking policy
 
 
 
July 2, 2013   Orientation Workshop on Clear Air and Sustainable Mobility in Lucknow
 
 
 
May 9, 2013   Orientation Workshop on Clear Air and Sustainable Mobility in Guwahati
 
 
 
March 22, 2013   Workshop on Clean Air and Sustainable Mobility in Bengaluru
 
 
 
March 19 – 21, 2013   Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean Vehicle Technology and Fuels
 
 
 
December 28, 2012   Orientation Workshop on Sustainable Transport Infrastructure and Parking Policy in Ghaziabad
 
 
 
November 21- 23, 2012   Orientation Programme on
Urban Transportation Reforms for Liveable Cities
 
 
 
September 25 – 27, 2012   Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean Vehicle Technology and Fuels
 
 
 
August 30 – Sept. 1, 2012   Solutions to pollution and mobility crisis for liveable cities
 
 
 
July 3 – 5, 2012   Urban Transport Strategies for Sustainable Cities
 
 
 
March 27 – 29, 2012   Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean Vehicle Technology and Fuels
 
 
 
February 27 – March 1, 2012   Experience Sharing Workshop on Natural Gas Vehicle Programme in South Asia
 
 
 
January 31 – February 2, 2012   Urban Transport Strategies: Agenda for Reforms
 
 
 
November 7 – 9, 2011   Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean Vehicle Technology and Fuels
 
 
 
July 28 – 30, 2011   Urban Transport Strategies: Agenda for Reforms

 

 
 
 
May 18 – 20, 2011   Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean vehicle Technology and Fuels
 
 
 
March 22 - 24, 2011   Urban transportation reforms for clean and liveable cities
 
 
 
January 27 - 29, 2011   Managing Urban Air Quality: Focus on Clean and Fuel Efficient Vehicles
 
 
 
November
18 - 20, 2010
  Urban transportation reforms for clean and liveable cities
 
 
 
September
21- 22, 2010
  Solutions to pollution and mobility crisis: learning from each other
 
 
 

 

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