Air pollution is recognised as the biggest environmental problem in Delhi NCR. Despite a series of measures taken in the last two decades, annual particulate matter (PM) levels in Delhi remain more than double the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This proposal is conceptualized with multi-institutional expertise to identify the technological, economic, societal and legal hurdles in implementing clean air action plan in Delhi, conducting feasibility studies for sustainable and effective interventions and develop an integrated and open data analytical tool to aid policymakers in informed decision making. This project is expected to help Delhi attain first the National Clean Air Program target of 20-30% reduction in PM levels in the next few years and lay the foundation for bigger and more aggressive interventions in the next phase that would eventually take Delhi closer to the NAAQS by 2030.
The project Waste to Wealth is divided into seven work packages:
Hotspot Management: Identify local dispersed pollution sources (A-PAG and CSTEP); Real-time source apportionment at the hotspots (IITD); Exposure reduction ward wise air quality data generated for the last 20 years in Delhi City.
Air Pollution: Platform for Ward-wise air quality data,
Intervention studies: Identifying key point sources that contribute to Delhi's air quality (IITD); Techno-economic assessments for emission control (TERI, CSTEP); Finding solutions for crop burning (Ashoka University, IITD, CEEW in collaboration with IPS Foundation)
Health benefit analysis from interventions (AIIMS, IGIB, IIITD):Engaging policy makers using hospital-based interventions (TERI)
Linking graded response action plan (GRAP) with air quality forecasting (IITD, CSE).
Awareness and capacity building programmes: Public engagement (UCMS, TERI, CEEW, JNU); Capacity building of MCD staffs (A-PAG)
Addressing legal framework and impediments to compliance with clean air action plan(CSE).
Open data platform for decision making (IIIT Delhi, IIT Delhi).
DRIIV, an S&T cluster of the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, successfully hosted a momentous conference on ‘Role of Open Access in Equitable Climate and Health Action: Prevention, Response, and Financing’ under the esteemed aegis of G20-CSAR. The conference, convened on August 8th, 2023 at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi, served as a vital platform for global dialogue and collaboration on climate-health synergy... read more
The experts, including NITI Aayog Member V K Paul and ICMR Director General Rajiv Bahl, highlighted….heat-related injuries. Ancient germs frozen in ice for a long time might be released and pathogens could move to new places due to the climate change, experts have warned. The changing climate….could also lead to more waterborne and zoonotic diseases, they said at a conference by DRIIV, an initiative of OPSA to the government... read more
Scientific Secretary of the PSA office, said, “Climate change heightens the risk of vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and the transmission of zoonotic diseases. Indirectly, it affects food systems, nutrition, water access, housing, education, and care.” Maini called for a comprehensive approach involving science, technology, and innovation to combat these challenges... read more
DRIIV’s conference, convened on August 8th, 2023 at the ITC Maurya, New Delhi, served as a vital platform for global dialogue and collaboration on climate-health synergy. This event, organised under the esteemed aegis of G20 CSAR, underscores the vital role that open access to data, research, and resources play in shaping equitable solutions to these challenges... read more
The conference, aimed to bridge critical gaps in climate-health research, foster cross-border cooperation and discuss strategies for resilient health systems. The inaugural session also saw the launch of the DRIIV Handbook. Dr. (Mrs.) Parvinder Maini, Hon’ble Scientific Secretary, O/o PSA to the GOI, delivered a keynote address that illuminated the conference’s core objectives and underscored the necessity for collective action.... read more
Climate change’s far-reaching consequences on health are widely acknowledged, ranging from disrupted weather patterns such as heat waves, floods, and cyclones to the surge of vector-borne diseases and antimicrobial resistance. This event, organised under the esteemed aegis of G20 CSAR, underscores the vital role that open access to data, research, and resources play in shaping equitable solutions to these challenges... read more
The experts, including NITI Aayog Member V K Paul and ICMR Director General Rajiv Bahl, highlighted another worry – heat-related injuries and as temperatures go up, the risk of getting hurt from the heat becomes higher. Dr. Paul said, ‘As ice melts because of warmer temperatures, these ancient germs might be released. This adds another layer of concern to the already complex issue of health and climate change.’... read more