05 October 2016
Researchers from IIASA and the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in Nagpur are developing the GAINS City model for Delhi and Kolkata in order to help urban planners assess practical policy options for controlling urban air pollution. The project, which is supported by India’s Technology Information, Forecasting & Assessment Council (TIFAC), has been using the model to identify the most cost-effective measures for minimizing adverse health and environmental impacts from air pollution at the same time as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
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About the GAINS Model
The IIASA GAINS model is a scientific tool that has helped policymakers and researchers across the globe identify a smart mix of measures to simultaneously cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. It has been implemented for numerous regions and countries around the world, most notably for Europe where it has provided key input to the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the European Union’s Clean Air Strategy among other areas.
GAINS Asia covers China, India, and South-East Asia, and currently IIASA researchers are using this model to collaborate with the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, to evaluate greenhouse gas mitigation potential for India for 2020, 2030 and 2050.
IIASA Activities with India
Research collaborations between IIASA and India stretch back to the 1970s, but the relationship has recently become far more productive after India became a national member of IIASA in 2007 through TIFAC.
Multiple research collaborations with partners in India as diverse as the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) have brought new insights to the challenges that India faces. In particular, IIASA’s applied systems analysis has brought a global perspective, interdisciplinary research expertise, and policy relevance to issues ranging from the future of India’s energy system to increasing the country’s food production.
Greater collaboration with IIASA has also brought Indian researchers into contact with the institute's global network of around 2,500 active researchers and 300 research partners. These, often informal connections, along with the official projects of the India-IIASA program have resulted in over 160 joint publications since 2008. IIASA academic training programs have also been successfully building the next generation of systems analysts in India.
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Reveal win-win policy interventions with GAINS-online
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Venkataraman C, Brauer M, Tibrewal K, Sadavarte P, Ma Q, Cohen A, Chaliyakunnel S, Frostad J, et al. (2017). Source influence on emission pathways and ambient PM2.5 pollution over India (2015–2050). Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions: 1-38. DOI:10.5194/acp-2017-1114. (In Press)
Purohit I & Purohit P (2017). Technical and economic potential of concentrating solar thermal power generation in India. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 78: 648-667. DOI:10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.059.
Info Sheet on IIASA Activities with India
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