Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Anil Agarwal Dialogue 2015

Jacaranda and Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. 

March 11-12

Poor in climate change: How the co-benefit agenda of short-lived climate pollutants can work for or against people and the Planet

CSE is organising its annual event, Anil Agarwal Dialogue, in the memory of CSE’s founder Anil Agarwal. This year, the Dialogue will be convened on the multi-faceted, complex and layered issue of local-global action on environment. Black carbon is a local air pollutant and has global impacts as well. The emerging science on local-global pollutants will also try to understand the national roadmaps for intervention in key areas of mitigation and to see if these are sufficient or transformational approaches are needed. 

The speakers in the Dialogue include international and national experts from leading institutes and agencies (please see the agenda below).

Three key issues will be discussed over two days: Science of short-lived climate pollutants, local and global impacts of diesel emissions; brick kilns and cook-stoves. CSE believes the world needs to find approaches for affordable access to sustainable mobility and clean technology, cleaner techniques for building material and energy access for all, as without this, we will not be able to move forward. These issues will be discussed over two days in four parallel sessions. The plenary sessions will help to bring together common strategies and also the opportunity for different communities to interact.

Media registration is free and on-site. 

Draft Agenda Highlights (Pl see full and final agenda here:  

Day 1: March 11

9.30-9.45: Why this dialogue and our perspective: Sunita Narain, Director General, 


9.45-10.00: Health impacts of black carbon: Michael Brauer, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

10.15-10.30: Science, health and co-benefits of short-lived climate pollutants: Kirk Smith, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

14.00-14.15: Overview: health and climate challenges of dirty diesel: Anumita Roychowdhury, Executive Director, CSE

16.30-16.45: Worldwide progress in vehicle technology and emission norms: leaders and laggards, need to move fast: Michael Walsh, Vehicle Technology Expert

16.50-17.05: Real world emissions of Euro VI compliant vehicles and the recent action on diesel in Europe: Vicente Franco, Researcher, International Council on Clean Transportation, Europe

Day 2: March 12

9.45-10.00: How Indian automobiles have curtailed the emissions: key changes in technology that have enabled change: Rashmi Hemant Urdhwareshe, Director, Automobile Research Association of India, Pune

10.00-10.15:  Diesel emission control system and technology roadmap: India’s preparedness to leapfrog to Euro VI: Cummins

11.00-11.15: UNEP Partnership on Clean Fuels and Vehicles and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition CCAC: programme and lessons: Elisa Dumitrescu, Consultant, United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi

11.45-12.00: India’s urban transportation and mobility plan

14.30-14.45: Black carbon emission from brick kiln: Regional and global impact: Ellen Baum, Executive Director, Climate and Health Research Network, Maine, US

17.05-17.20: Carbon tax on brick kiln: South African experience: Olebogeng Matshediso, Deputy Director, Atmospheric Policy, Norms and Standards, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

About Anil Agarwal Dialogue

CSE started the annual Anil Agarwal Dialogue a few years ago and it has become an important opportunity to discuss environment-development-energy and resource efficiency concerns. Our effort is to ensure in-depth discussions and most importantly to bring together different voices, from diverse (and most often) unconnected communities on a common platform. We believe this strongly reflects our founder’s beliefs that the way ahead is through substantive discourse and dialogue.



Previous Dialogues
February 27-28, 2014
Energy Access & Renewable Energy
March 4-5, 2013
Anil Agarwal Dialogue: Excreta Does Matter
February 24-25, 2012
Anil Agarwal Dialogue on Green Clearances

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