Title: An integrated strategy for urban Air Quality Management in India
Author: Deepa Menon-Choudhary, P.R. Shukla
Centre de Sciences Humaines, 2 Aurangzeb Road, New Delhi 110011, India.
Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015, Gujarat, India
Abstract: An integrated strategy for urban Air Quality Management adopts a hierarchical approach – graduating from micro to macro-level management of the problem. The paper provides a conceptual framework, and analyses it in the Indian context through energy-environment modelling and local-level studies. The key insights from the analysis are: technology transfers from developed countries promote environmentally sustainable development; conjoint markets for greenhouse gas and local pollutant mitigation optimises costs and generates co-benefits; a mixed policy regime, including market instruments, is preferable to pure technology-push policies as it can deliver technology-equivalent benefits at lower costs; an independent environment regulatory authority would reduce risks of institutional failures and lower transaction costs.
Keywords: sustainability; sustainable development; co-benefits; energy-environment model; technology-push policy; emissions trading; technology-equivalent benefits; institutional failures; air quality management; India; air pollution; environmental pollution.
Int. J. of Environment and Pollution, 2009 Vol.39, No.3/4, pp.233 - 252
Available online: 23 Sep 2009