National Conference on Air and Water Pollution

9:00 am–5:00 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


National Conference on Air and Water Pollution: Innovations in Regulation, Abatement and Monitoring

This conference aimed to provide a platform for knowledge-sharing and cross-sectoral engagement related to developments in national and state-level pollution regulation. The conference saw policymakers from India and abroad engage in dialogue with the world’s foremost thinkers on economic, environmental and development policy.

The sessions was based on four sub-themes: 

  1. Command-and-Control: 
    Successes and Challenges; Some questions this session sought to answer were: When is the command-and-control approach successful? When is it not? What are the challenges to implementing these regulations and how do we know if they are ineffective? How does this type of regulation affect industry and their compliance levels.

  2. Legal Framework: 
    How does India’s legal framework present opportunities for new regulation including market based regulation? Which legislations are currently archaic and are in need for amendment? How have other countries created an ecosystem for markets and what major roadblocks did they encounter? Is the penal regime embedded in Indian law robust and flexible enough to meet environmental objectives?

  3. Monitoring and Enforcement: 
    What are some common challenges encountered during monitoring rural, urban and industrial pollution? Are there some pollutants that are particularly difficult to monitor? Which enforcement strategies have proven to be most effective?

  4. Information and Transparency: 
    How does improved information provide incentives for pollution-reducing behaviour? How successful have international attempts been at improving transparency of pollution data? What are some best practices to follow to ensure information transparency? What does an effective data acquisition and handling system look like?

  5. Market-Based Regulation: Successes and Challenges:
    When and where is a market-based scheme applicable? How can markets aid in achieving India’s climate and development goals? What are the challenges faced by other countries while implementing markets, and how have they seen benefits?

This event was by invitation only.