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Policy Brief: Ujjwala, V2.0 What should be done next?

Stopping the use of wood and other solid fuels for cooking and other household uses is the single most important step we need to take to mitigate air pollution and its staggeringly high health impacts in India. In addition to its ill effects on the households themselves, it accounts for 25-30% of exposure to outdoor particulate matter pollution in the country. The health costs are enormous: about 480,000 premature deaths annually due to direct exposure of the households, and another 270,000 due to “indirect” exposure outdoors. The bulk of this could be attributed to cooking with fuels like firewood, dung, and agriculture residue. Any government effort that effectively reduces the use of solid fuels in cookstoves should hence be recognized as an important pollution control and public health initiative.

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Ajay Pillarisetti
Policy Brief: The Contribution of Household Fuels to Ambient Air Pollution in India – A Comparison of Recent Estimates

What is the single largest source of air pollution exposure in India? You would be perhaps surprised to find that the answer, with a near consensus in the published scientific literature, is neither transportation nor stubble burning. Instead, it seems to be the millions of households across the country burning solid fuels like firewood in their homes for cooking,heating and other energy services.The resulting pollution not only has an enormous health impact on the households themselves, but it likely accounts for a quarter to a third of ambient air pollution across the country.Working towards ensuring universal access to cleaner fuels like LPG should therefore be one of the pillars of India’s pollution control efforts.

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Ajay Pillarisetti
Save the Date: Developing an Assessment Framework for PMUY (21 June)

The workshop, which will be held 21 June from 9a - 1p at Maple Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, will directly inform ICMR's Task Force on Impact Assessment of the PMUY's efforts to assess the short- and long-term impacts of the Ujjwala program. In addition, the framework will be used to make the case for unlocking additional funding to expand and/or complement ICMR-support activities. For more information, click here.

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Ajay Pillarisetti
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Short term assessments to inform accelerated distribution, uptake, and promotion of increased use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

The purpose of this RFQ is to identify 1) qualified organizations interested in conducting short term assessments of the current PMUY approach from different perspectives using a diverse set of approaches (e.g. public health, social science, marketing, behavior change communication) and 2) qualified organizations possessing the diverse set of expertise needed to collaborate in the development and implementation of a longer-term, more comprehensive assessment. Submissions will be shared with the ICMR task force to help inform their ongoing efforts to assess the short- and long-term impacts of the Ujjwala program.

For more information, click here

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Ajay Pillarisetti
2018 National Clean Air Crowdsourcing Competition Winners

Winning project: Hybrid Bevel Bicycle
The Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre (CCAPC) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 National Clean Air Crowdsourcing Competition. The winning entry, The Hybrid Bevel Bicycle, was submitted by a team from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras led by Dhairyasheel Deshmukh.

The team has developed an efficient rechargeable electric bicycle system that shows promise to increase the usage of bicycles for transportation and thus reduce emissions of air pollution in India. This project was chosen by a group of expert judges after a national competition. The team has been awarded mentorships to work in Delhi at CCAPC/TERI for the summer of 2018 to improve and promote their technology.

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Ajay Pillarisetti
Announcing CCAPC's Clean Air Competition for University Students

Air pollution is sometimes terrible in India. You have probably heard that India now has some of the most polluted cities in the world. This is your opportunity to suggest ways of helping fix the problem! 

The Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre and The Energy and Resources Institute are offering a prize for the best idea for reducing air pollution in the country coming from a team of university students. All ideas are fair game – ways to promote behavioral changes; new regulations; better enforcement approaches; or new technologies.  Completely new ideas are welcome, too.

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Ajay Pillarisetti
Top Indian and global institutes, including TERI, announce the launch of Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre

New Delhi, 3 November 2017 Along with its partners, TERI proudly announces the inception of Collaborative Clean Air Policy Centre (CCAPC), a new partnership among the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Sri Ramachandra University Chennai, University of California Berkeley, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Delhi. UrbanEmissions.info, a credible information centre providing research, and analysis related to air pollution, serves as the Centre’s knowledge partner.

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