The air quality in Bengaluru is progressively getting worse. 25% of Bengaluru’s children have asthma, 20% of the heart attack admissions in the cardio ICU at Sri Jayadeva Institute have been assessed to be due to air pollution, and the number of non-smokers with lung cancer is going up by 30% to 40%.Bengaluru’s ability to attract the best talent will be compromised if the air quality continues to deteriorate as has been seen in China already. We have an opportunity to reduce air pollution and turn the trend of deteriorating air quality.
Insufficient Air Quality Data
Bengaluru has only 10 real time continuous monitoring stations against the 41 recommended. This is still short of comparable international cities like Paris(60) & London(110)
Inadequate Understanding Of Sources
The last Source Apportionment study in Bengaluru was conducted in 2006-07 & report released in 2010. New source apportionment study is required.
Nascent Low-Cost Monitoring Systems
Low-cost sensors are required for increased awareness & engagement. However, existing monitoring instruments are not properly calibrated and there isn’t wide spread use of low cost monitors.
The problem of air pollution cannot be solved by only few actors. It requires a multistakeholder approach. Policy makers don’t have enough evidence and capacity to mitigate the air pollution issue.
Ambient air is perceived to be good, but pollution at hotspots is high. Need to create awareness about exposure to air pollution and ways to save one self from its harmful effects.
The worst affected are also the people who have hardly contributed to the problem. They bear the worst impact of the pollution and their right to clean air is never addressed. Need to build mitigation mechanisms that provide clean air for all.
The Clean Air Platform exists to improve capabilities of stakeholders to take evidence-based decisions for reducing air pollution in Bengaluru and creating a replicable model for other cities.
Improve open data availability
- Setting up of Air Quality Evaluation Centre and a Digital platform
- Set up 41 real-time reference grade particulate monitoring stations across Bengaluru
- Introduce ~5 high resolution mobile monitoring cars
- Create an open access data platform and sensor evaluation centre
- Commission source apportionment study
- Support creation and adoption of emission inventory model
Increase citizen engagement
- Run and support targeted media and awareness campaigns that are framed to personalize the message to key audiences in vernacular languages
- Enable and support employee engagement programs including awareness building and providing volunteering opportunities
- Help design and execute programs that encourage corporate leadership in reducing their own air pollution foot print
- Create local ‘learn by doing’ models that are replicable and scalable to build engagement and awareness in schools, resident associations, business parks and corporate houses
- Encourage “Citizen Scientists” by providing them toolkits and information
Support state action
- Provide support to state agencies on technical, science and policy fronts
- Commission studies to improve implementation of vehicle emission norms.
- Support health related research studies
- Assist in conducting pilots that can help provide the basis for policy formulation
- Create a repository of knowledge related to air quality across the spectrum of science, legal, policy, etc
- Work closely with the state actors to scale up models and pilots that are working
Clean Air Platform – Bengaluru is being incubated and supported by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI) through formation of a not-for- profit trust, to catalyze collective action against air pollution. It is imagined as a model to showcase how multi- stakeholder engagement and joint action can turn around the air quality in a city. Clean Air Platform will provide support (funding and capacity) to a number of initiatives.
The governance structure will include a steering committee to give overall direction, and a technical advisory committee to oversee and advise the air quality evaluation centre. The Clean Air Platform will house project management units to ensure timely and effective roll out of programs. It will invest in monitoring and evaluating its programs, and ensure transparency.
- To kick-start the process of creating a collective, a roundtable was conducted of various stakeholders in Bengaluru on 3rd Nov ’17
- Consultations done with national and global experts, feedback and inputs received have been incorporated in the proposed model
- Outreach done to identify possible partners
- Fund raising process is being initiated by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and Wipro, jointly reaching out to Philanthropists & Corporates
- Team is being incubated in Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives for Clean Air Platform, Bengaluru
- Incorporation of Trust is in progress
The Clean Air Platform believes that collaborations are the building blocks of change. We encourage partnerships and endeavour to catalyse new connections to solve the air pollution problem.
Write to us if you are keen to work with us or support us in our efforts to reduce air pollution.