The project will be delivered through the following steps, as summarised in Figure 1:
Step 1 - Undertaking a "As Is" and Gap Analysis - this involves identifying key stakeholders in India and mapping opportunities and challenges via use of local knowledge, research institutions (e.g. TERI and IIT), and direct engagement with donors and think tanks via meetings and questionnaires.
Step 2 - Selecting key urban cities in consultation with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), using a multi-criteria approach based on PM10 and NO2 pollution levels observed, size and character of the city, predominant sources of pollution (e.g. transport, energy generation, biomass, industry), data availability and quality, willingness to participate, availability of resources for engagement, and established working relationships with the team.
Step 3 - Delivery of training sessions on baseline assessment including emission inventory work and design and implementation of local action plans and associated monitoring schemes. Provision of technical support during implementation.
Step 4 - Enabling the drafting of a National Air Quality Strategy through two workshops involving Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and CPCB officials with mediation of the decision-making process using a matrix based multi-criteria analysis of the measures proposed.
Step 5 - Showcasing of best practice, emission control technologies, monitoring and modelling techniques, and sustainable business models by European stakeholders, during three technical events (September and October 2017) and a 1.5 day Closing Event (April 2018).
Step 6 - Engaging throughout with both India based and European academic and research institutions for the fostering of innovative solutions and adoption of the state of the art in terms of solutions being put forward.
Linkages with other relevant projects namely the Smart Cities Project and the International Urban Cooperation programme.
Figure 1 - Project Methodology