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Possibility of introducing emission trading among industries being studied

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CHENNAI: The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests is studying the possibility of introducing emission trading among industries in the State, and a pilot study in this regard is in progress in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Addressing a session on ‘Sustainable development for Chennai city,' here on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board Member Secretary R. Ramachandran said that continuous monitoring of emission levels had begun for 62 red-category industries. More such industries at Sriperumbudur and Ambattur would be included in this monitoring.

The programme was organised by TNPCB, Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian Green Building Council

C.N. Raghavendran, Chairman, CII-IGBC Chennai chapter and partner in C.R. Narayana Rao Architects, said that Chennai had the potential to redeem itself through sustainable policies. In the next 10 years, the city must concentrate on improvement of water resources and solid waste management, reduce vehicle emissions, use renewable energy in an economical and sustainable manner and promote green building concept.

Mr. Raghavendran said that as a first step, immediate action should be taken to clean the city's waterways as they acted as flood carriers and helped replenish the aquifers. Encroachments need to be removed for this.

Anand Sundaresan, Chairman, CII Chennai Zone, welcomed the ban on plastic bags below 60 micron thickness.

A panel discussion was also held in which R. Venkatesan, Member, Energy and Environment Panel, CII Chennai Zone; K. Karthikeyan Joint Chief Environmental Engineer, TNPCB; R. Sivacoumar, Senior Assistant Director, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute; and A. Navaneetha Gopalakrishnan, Director, Centre for Environment Studies, Anna University, participated.

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