Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced on June 25, 2021 that they will pilot a Clean Air Market to reduce particulate pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Ahmedabad. As a first step, the Government of Gujarat and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) will launch a market to regulate particulate pollution from 240 industrial unites in Ahmedabad.
The Clean Air Market offers a market-based approach to reduce air pollution in which governments set a cap on emission levels and distribute emissions permits among firms. The approach uses continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) to send real-time and continuous readings of particulate emissions and enable better and more targeted regulatory oversight standards.
“The world’s first emission trading scheme in Surat has successfully eliminated 20 per cent of air pollutants in the city…Keeping in mind the success of Surat’s emission trading scheme, we have decided to implement a similar scheme among 240 units in Ahmedabad.”
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani
The Government of Gujarat will work with J-PAL South Asia and EPIC India to design and establish pollution markets in Punjab. The partnership includes providing technical assistance and capacity building to public officials to effectively use data and research evidence from the country’s first trading market in Surat, Gujarat.