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“Synergy and calibrated bodies are lacking in our system” says Dr SK Tyagi, Former Add’l Director, CPCB

With alarming pollution and environment issues intervening in our livelihoods, ‘Confer Global Private Limited’ through its’ Pollution Control and Emissions Monitoring World Conference’ envisioned to discuss this distressing issue. The two-day conference commenced on April 18, 2018, and included multiple hard-hitting facts and innovative approaches to the shadow of pollution.

Discussing specifically the Ambient Air Quality and its monitoring in metro cities, the conference commenced with its first key speaker Dr Gufran Beig, Project Director, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) and Scientist, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India. Dr Beig discussed the gravity of unawareness among common people and requirement of standardised agencies to provide certification for common quality systems. SAFAR provides city-wise air quality data and information which further mitigates strategies for issues related to air pollution. Various institutions are working to bring new technologies to measure the air quality and provide guidance to solve the decreasing air quality, especially in Northern India.

Dr Amory Lovins, Founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute, Colorado, United States of America gave an interesting angle to the business scenario in India. Talking significantly about energy and its forthcoming technologies, Dr Amory quite interestingly informed the audience about business opportunities for developing nations like India, China and others, and how can they invest while keeping their air clean. He considers that energy resources should be taken seriously and should be used wisely. While specifying about new innovative electrified Carbon-Fiber cars which can reduce the overall pollution, he ended his note discussing how can countries decrease their carbon footprint, optimise solar power plants across the value chain and decrease the cost involved.

Dr S K Tyagi, Former Additional Director and Divisional Head Quality Assurance, Accreditation, Air Toxics, Central Pollution Control Board, Government of India, talked about the significance of quality assurance and metrology in emissions and what further can be done to streamline air quality monitoring in India. His major area of work is industrial and environmental monitoring, assessment and various others environment. He addressed the significance of quality assurance and metrology in emissions and what further can be done to streamline air quality monitoring in India. While informing about the role of CPCB and their varied tasks, key initiatives and monitoring stations across 700 cities in India, he assertively said that there are no certified agencies and bodies in the country. He emphasised on this point because it is the need of the hour for the country. Dr Tyagi informed the audience about the air pollution concerns in metro and urban cities, which are the critically polluted areas and what components are increasing the alarming pollution status of the country.

Ms Sulagna Chattopadhyay, Editor-in-Chief, Geography and You, provided a different perspective to the conference with an address on ‘Mitigating Marine Pollution in Seas and Oceans around India’. Focusing on the lack of policies towards marine litter and plastic control in India, Ms Sulagna shared some blunt facts and instances which have shown the grim state of oceans in the world. Talking about the abundance of plastic in the oceans, Ms Sulagna drove the focus of the audience on the need for accurate data collection and a robust plastic recycle or buyback system, which needs to begin at the source, i.e. the industries. She ended by stating the fact that if the oceans continue to be plagued with plastic and other litter, the plastic will sooner or later end up in our stomach, irrespective of the eating preferences of a person.

As the event reached its conclusion, the delegates and the officials were educated about the facts concerning the state of pollution in the country, how technology is helping to change the state of Indian pollution and how public awareness can help mitigating the pollution levels and maybe even end it in the coming future.

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