Inception Meeting on Reducing Emissions from Metal Based Sector

Centre for Science and Environment, Delhi and Department of Environment, Government of Uttar Pradesh have come together to work on the issue of air pollution and GHG emissions in the Indo-Gangetic Plains. The study is focused on the metal-based sector in the districts of Aligarh, Moradabad and Saharanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Metal based industries are a rising concern not only regionally but nationally due to their usage of polluting fuels, use of small in-efficient furnaces, lack of material circularity and lack or improper air pollution control devices. Also, the identified regions, Moradabad is a critically polluted area and Aligarh is a severely polluted area. Moradabad is also amongst the list of non-attainment cities declared by CPCB.

The study would focus on the metal sector and with the inputs and support of all relevant stakeholders, pathways could be chalked out that are affordable and implementable technologies for the industries. In these clusters, technology upgradation is the need of the hour to ensure good working environment for the workers as well as reduction in air and GHG emissions from the sector.

The proposed work will complement the State’s multisectoral air quality management approach particularly to bring new technology for reducing emissions and air pollution along with pathways for its uptake. This study will also chalk out an implementation plan for technology upgradation along with financing pathways required for its uptake by identifying potential financial institutions and schemes.

As part of the initiation of the project Department of Environment, Government of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.)and CSE is conducting a stakeholder meeting on 4th March, 2024 at Department of Environment office, Lucknow during 3.00-5.00 pm.Through this forum we intend to involve various stakeholders, including regional officers from the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), representatives from industrial associations, research organizations and sectoral experts working in the identified regions.

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