Gandhinagar : The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), announced the next phase of the Emissions trading Scheme (ETS) for Particulate Matter. A workshop on “Continuous Emissions Monitoring and Market based Pollution Regulation” was held in GPCB auditorium to orient industries on the scheme in the presence of Sanjeev Kumar, IAS, Chairman Gujarat Pollution Control Board and A.V Shah, Member Secretary, GPCB. The objective of the workshop is to orient industries on the installation of Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) for emission monitoring in Ahmedabad as a preparatory step towards introducing markets for environmental regulation. Ahmedabad markets are slated to be launched on 5th June 2021. The workshop marks the expansion of ETS in Gujarat, and was limited to an attendance of 80 industrial units, given the restrictions due to the pandemic. Addressing the industry participants at the workshop, Sanjeev Kumar, IAS, Chairman, GPCB said, “The Gujarat Pollution Control Board has been at the forefront of innovation, by exploring market-based systems that could balance the twin goals of economic growth and environmental pollution. The Surat Emissions trading scheme is one such mechanism, that has been implemented through the collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB).
All of us – whether regulators or industry or public – breathe the same air, and all of us must have common concern for reducing pollution”. GPCB is implementing the ETS program with the technical expertise of researchers at University of Chicago, Yale University, Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL South Asia) and the Energy Policy at the University of Chicago (EPIC). ETS is an innovative market-based system that has the potential to transform the trade-off between environmental quality and growth, improving air quality with lower costs of compliance to industry. In addition, the use of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) greatly improve the information and ability of regulators to monitor industry. The scheme was first introduced in 350 highly polluting solid fuel burning industries in Surat in August 2019 with the goal of establishing a monitoring system for particulate emissions trading to regulate industrial pollution in the Surat area. Following the encouraging results from Surat, GPCB has decided to expand the scope of emissions trading to industries in Ahmedabad to tackle particulate emissions of industries in the City and Vatva regions. Approximately 400 red category solid-fuel based industries have been identified to be a part of the ETS-PM project for Ahmedabad.