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Centre for Science and Environment is organising a three-day international workshop cum exposure visit on “Remote Sensing Monitoring for Mitigating of (DELETE 'OF') Real World Emissions from On-road Vehicles in Cities”. This three-day workshop is a combination of two days of interaction with the national and global experts and a site visit to the location where currently remote sensing measurements are being conducted as part of the joint initiative of the International Council on Clean Transportation and the Department of Transport, Delhi & District Administration, Gurugram. This workshop aims to sensitise the transport officials from different states of India about the potential application of this new technology for advancement in monitoring of emissions from on-road vehicles to mitigate real world emissions.
Over the years, several initiatives have been taken by the Government of India to strengthen the current idling emissions testing of the on-road vehicles called Pollution Under Control Certificate(PUC) programme. Several audits of this programme has been conducted in different cities that have led to further reforms for its effective implementation. However, the significant advancement of the mass emissions standards – especially the direct leapfrog from Bharat Stage IV emissions standards (BSIV - Euro IV equivalent) to BSVI emissions standards (Euro VI equivalent) in 2020, has raised questions about the adequacy of the idling testing procedure to address the real world performance of the advanced emissions control technologies in new vehicles.
In 2018, following the pilot study by International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) in Delhi on the application of remote sensing devices (RSD), and the recommendations of the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, the Supreme Court of India had directed framing of rules for implementation of RSD. Since then the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has drafted the rules AIS 170. It is also notable that several cities that have been designated as non-attainment cities under the National Clean Air programme (NCAP) have included adoption of remote sensing measurements in their respective clean air action plans.
This has created opportunity to advance the on-emissions monitoring and explore new generation approaches in Indian cities. From that perspective this workshop is designed to sensitise the officials from the state transport departments and other concerned departments about the new emerging approaches, potential application, global strategies and experience and also demonstrate application based on the current pilot project.
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