Training Programme on Clean Air and Sustainable Transportation Strategies for Liveable Cities

Date: November 10 – 12, 2014

Air pollution is the fifth largest killer and seventh biggest illness burden in India as estimated by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) report. The speed at which urban air pollution is growing across our cities is alarming. Severe particulate pollution and newer pollutants like nitrogen oxides, ozone and air toxics are worsening the public health challenge. Vehicles are a special challenge as these are the fastest growing sources of air pollution. Vehicles emit close to our breathing zone and contribute significantly to human exposure. Rapid urbanisation, motorisation and sprawls is making our cities victims of killer pollution; congestion; oil guzzling and an obsessively car dependent infrastructure that threaten to destroy quality of life. Our cities originally designed as compact cities reduce travel trip length, need for motorized travel and emissions and promoted walking and cycling. But the focus of the city authorities is more towards providing car centric infrastructure and allowing high vehicular speeds through signal free corridors and flyovers. This trend needs to be reversed to firm up strategies to reduce emissions, energy impacts of transportation and reinvent mobility by having public transport walking and cycling oriented design and safe accessibility. 

Centre for Science and Environment is organising a three-day training programme which aims to deepen the understanding of pollution challenge of urbanisation; air quality monitoring, management and governance; clean and safe vehicle technology and fuels; in-use vehicle emissions challenge and vehicle inspection; mobility management strategies and urban design interventions to scale up public transport, multi-modal integration, walking and cycling, parking policy as a travel demand management measure etc to meet the combined objectives of public health, energy security, mobility management and climate risk mitigation.   

Course content

This three-day training programme will be a combination of lectures, field visits and classroom exercises. 

Module: Understanding challenges of urbanisation, air pollution and motorisation

• Pollution challenge of urbanisation and motorisation

• Why vehicles are a special challenge?

• Urban sprawls and mobility crisis

Module: Urban air quality: Monitoring and management

• Public health challenge of air pollution

• Understanding air quality, trends and monitoring in cities

• Strategies to better urban air quality

Module: Vehicle technology and fuel quality roadmap

• Determinants of clean vehicle technology and fuel roadmap for clean transportation 

• Gaseous fuel programmes (CNG and LPG) – an opportunity to leapfrog 

• Fiscal solution to technology transformation 

Module: The inspection challenge 

• Challenges of in-use vehicles 

• Vehicle inspection system in India

• Ways to improve vehicle inspection programme

Module: Planning for NMT inclusive transport 

• Non motorized transport: Inherent strength of our cities 

• Building infrastructure for pedestrian and non-motorised transport 

• Urban design interventions to enhance accessibility and safety 

Module: Public transport planning and management 

• Conventional bus transport systems 

• Reorganisation and modernisation for a scaled up bus transport system and design multi-modal integration 

• Funding public transport

Module: Travel demand management strategies 

• Leveraging parking policy 

• Fiscal policies to influence travel choices

• Vehicle taxation policy

Open for: Students from environmental sciences, engineering, planning, urban design, architecture backgrounds, researchers, academicians, professionals, consultants and NGOs. 

A certificate of participation will be awarded to the participants at the end of the programme 

Course duration 

Date: November 10 - 12, 2014

Time: 10 am to 5 pm 

Venue: Centre for Science and Environment
             41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
             New Delhi – 110062

Course fee: Rs. 9,000 per participant (50% discount in course fee for students and NGOs). The fee includes resource material, refreshments, lunch and transportation for field visits. The course fee does not include participant’s accommodation and travel. CSE can help book appropriate accommodation for the outstation participants close to the venue, the cost for which will be borne by the participants. 

Registration: For registration, please write to Priyanka Chandola ( Limited seats. Registration will be done on first come first served basis.   


Course contact: 

Priyanka Chandola 
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi – 110062
Tel: +91 – 11 – 29955124, +91 – 9810414938 (Mobile) 
Fax: +91 – 11 – 29955879