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An integrated strategy for urban Air Quality Management in India

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An integrated strategy for urban Air Quality Management adopts a hierarchical approach – graduating from micro to macro-level management of the problem. The paper provides a conceptual framework, and analyses it in the Indian context through energy-environment modelling and local-level studies. The key insights from the analysis are: technology transfers from developed countries promote environmentally sustainable development; conjoint markets for greenhouse gas and local pollutant mitigation optimises costs and generates co-benefits; a mixed policy regime, including market instruments, is preferable to pure technology-push policies as it can deliver technology-equivalent benefits at lower costs; an independent environment regulatory authority would reduce risks of institutional failures and lower transaction costs.

Keywords: sustainability, sustainable development, co-benefits, energy-environment model, technology-push policy, emissions trading, technology-equivalent benefits, institutional failures, air quality management, India, air pollution, environmental pollution

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