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CSE persevering for cleaner coal-based power sector in India

CSE expects coal to be a dominant share till battery costs drop in India. So cleaning coal to avoid local pollution becomes undebatable objective. CSE is working with coal-based thermal power sector since 2011 to achieve this. CSE highlighted the poor performance and need for regulations in Feb 2015 through it publication 'Heat on Power'. This spurred wide debates amongst the stakeholders. In Dec 2015, environmental norms were announced for the sector. Prior to which, the sector had no limits for pollution control.  Since, then CSE has been playing a watchdog to support effective implementation of the norms. CSE is actively monitoring and providing support to power stations and regulators to ensure implementation as per the deadline committed. FGD tenders and In-combustion NOx tenders has been awarded for about 15-20 GW till date (April, 2019). 

Growing reach

CSE's focused work on safe and improved sanitation has made the district administration of Alwar in Rajasthan take note – it has approached CSE to help develop a plan of action to undertake safe sanitation practices in 10 government schools in Baghor Gram Panchayat. CSE’s Rural Water and Sanitation team has submitted the plan of action to the administration. The team has played a watchdog role in tracking the national performance to build toilets; it has also been researching on what is working and where in terms of rural sanitation – the areas of research being technology for toilets, behavior change and waste management. Its training programmes are well-received – the Karnataka state government has signed an agreement with CSE for training its officials (both regulators and implementers) handling rural sanitation. The team has trained block officials of Mundawar village (Alwar district) to develop a model on liquid waste management. The state government of Rajasthan has shown an interest in working with CSE in developing more model projects on liquid waste management in rural areas.

Making a big impact in Bihar

Bihar’s first solid waste processing site to convert organic waste into compost was inaugurated recently in Muzaffarpur by Suresh Kumar Sharma, the state’s minister for urban development and housing. CSE’s intervention in the city is now being viewed as a model to be replicated in the entire state.