Out of Sight – How Coal burning advances India’s air pollution.

Out of sight – how coal burning advances India’s air pollution, Greenpeace India, May 2016.

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This 32-page report by Greenpeace India provides a detailed analysis of how the rapid expansion of coal-fired power generation over the last decade has contributed to India’s rapidly growing air pollution crisis.

This report exposes the largest air pollution emission “hot spots” and largest sources of SO2 and NO2 emission growth in India from 2009 to 2015 by analysing satellite data. The analysis shows respective increase of 13% and 31% for PM 2.5 and SO2 levels from 2009-2015. This study emphasises the urgent need to comply with the thermal power plant emission standards announced in December 2015 in order to solve the air pollution crisis faced by Delhi and many other parts of the country. The study also highlights the big sources of pollution over the larger geographical area where attention is urgently required to come up with a comprehensive and systematic National Action Plan on air pollution with time bound actions.