Now, emission cap for Narol’s industrial units
Industrial units in Narol will be subjected to a new emission cap. After the implementation of the first Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for Surat industrial cluster, the state government has now begun work on educating the Narol industrial cluster owners on the new emission-cap rules to curb particulate matter 2.5 microns (PM 2.5).
Under ETS-Particulate Matter (PM), a select group of industries in Narol will be allotted permits or caps by GPCB for PM emissions in terms of kilograms in a year. The industrial units will use the national commodity exchange trading platform to settle their allotted emissions permit balance. This way, industries emitting lower than their annual cap can sell their trading units for a price while those emitting higher than the cap shall have to buy these units. This will incentivize reducing emissions for industries.
The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) will assign each industrial unit a uniform emission concentration cap of 150 milligrams per cubic metre.“We have installed real-time emission monitoring systems in the 350-odd industrial units registered with us in Surat. A similar monitoring system will be installed for the Narol cluster as well. Data from each of the Narol units will be fed into the GPCB servers on an hourly basis. It is this data that we will use to monitor whether a unit has exceeded its cap or not,” claims a senior GPCB regional office official.