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Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Initiative to Support India’s National Clean Air Program

In Partnership with the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change the Initiative will Help Indian Cities Tackle Air Pollution

DELHI – Today, at the World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation launched a new initiative on air quality in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The initiative will bring together research and civil society organizations to offer technical assistance on air quality issues in support of India’s National Clean Air Program and reiterates the recognition of the major challenges presented by air pollution in India and across the world, with detrimental impacts on health, quality of life and economic productivity. More than three-quarters of Indian cities do not meet the country’s air pollution standards.

The joint project will help address and mitigate air pollution, both at the national level and with a group of Indian cities, by working to develop better understanding and awareness of the sources of air pollution through emissions inventories and source apportionment studies; formulate policy recommendations and action plans to address air pollution on the basis of data, evidence and consultations; and increase capacities of key stakeholders to address the challenge through exchange of experiences and good practices.

“Air pollution is a major threat to public health and the environment – and too often, cities lack the information they need to address it at the source,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies. “Our initiative will work to change that, helping India to develop effective, sustainable solutions that can save lives and influence similar efforts around the world.”

“We are delighted to be working with Bloomberg Philanthropies, TERI and other partners on the National Clean Air Program,” said CK Mishra, Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. “Air pollution is a difficult and multi-dimensional challenge and we need to work together across governments, multiple stakeholders and citizens to address this.”

The initiative will work in tandem with the recently launched National Clean Air Program (NCAP), the first overarching strategic national policy framework on air quality in India. Launched last month, the program outlines a five-year action plan with the goal of reducing particulate matter by 20-30% by 2024 from 2017 levels.

The project was announced at a session on “Cleaning the Air in India and its Cities” during the World Sustainable Development Summit organized by TERI.

“The health and well being of all Indians, not just those in urban India, is being adversely impacted by air pollution,” said Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI. “Region-specific actions are needed, and this initiative brings together the interested groups to accelerate these actions.”

“Ensuring clean air to breathe for our citizens is one of the defining challenges of our times as we continue our path of development and urbanization,” said Krishan Dhawan, CEO of Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. “This growing problem can only be reversed through systematic focus on policy implementation, public awareness and coordinated action. Along with our civil society partners, we are pleased to be working with the Bloomberg Philanthropies, who bring their considerable resources and global experience to bear on addressing this serious problem.”

Additional partners for the initiative include: Centre for Energy and Climate Change at ADRI; Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy; and WRI India.


About Bloomberg Philanthropies
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg’s charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2017, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $702 million. For more information, please visit or follow us on FacebookInstagramSnapchat, and Twitter.

About TERI
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, multi-dimensional organisation, with capabilities in research, policy, consultancy and implementation. It has pioneered conversations and action in the energy, environment, climate change, and sustainability space for over four decades. The institute’s research and research-based solutions have had a transformative impact on industry and communities. Headquartered in New Delhi, it has regional centres and campuses in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, Panaji, and Nainital, supported by a multidisciplinary team of scientists, sociologists, economists and engineers, and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

About Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (Shakti) seeks to facilitate India’s transition to a sustainable energy future by aiding the design and implementation of policies that promote clean power, energy efficiency, sustainable urban transport, climate action and clean energy finance. A Section 25 non-profit organization under the Companies Act, Shakti is governed by a national board of directors, and supported by both Indian and international philanthropies.

Shakti works collaboratively with national, state and local decision-makers to chart out a sustainable energy future for India. We bring together experts from every sector — industry, academia, law, finance, civil society, think tanks, and more — to drive this change.  For more information, visit