New data published by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) reveals that the overall 2023 air pollution levels in Jakarta were arguably the worst since 2019. Despite improvements between 2020 and 2022, the rise of pollution in 2023 is a notable setback.

India’s air quality deteriorated in January 2024, as the winter season and low wind speed trapped pollutants near the surface, according to this report by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).

The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched in India in 2019 and aimed to significantly enhance the air quality in India by 2024 by reducing PM concentration by 20-30 per cent, which in 2022 has been extended to 2026, aiming to have a 40% reduction in pollution levels compared to 2017.

Marking the eighth anniversary since the announcement of the first ever emission standards regulating SO2 (sulphur dioxide), NOx (nitrogen oxides), Hg (mercury), and water consumption in coal-based power generation units across India, the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) conducted a comprehensive analysis.

Every winter, New Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) becomes a central talking point amongst mainstream media, policymakers, and on social media. However, the issue of toxic air goes beyond the administrative boundaries of Delhi-NCR and affects millions of people – especially those residing in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP).

On 14 February 2023, the European Parliament voted to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel CO2-emitting cars as of 2035, making headway in the EU’s “Fit for 55” package and the transition to climate neutrality by 2050.

South Africa’s Minimum Emissions Standards (MES) for combustion installations were issued in 2010, with a phased introduction where existing sources had to meet a more lenient set of standards by 2015 and a more stringent set of standards by 2020.

This report is a continuation of ‘Tracing the Hazy Air: Progress Report on National Clean Air Programme’ released by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air in January 2022.

Air pollution in Malaysia is caused by emissions from a growing number of sources from industrial manufacturing, power generation, vehicles, and open burning activities.

Coal based power plants are a major source of air pollution in India. After notification of emission standards for coal plants in December 2015, it’s been six years of sluggish implementation of the same resulting in huge health and economic damage costs.