CPCB Publishes Report On Its Significant Works

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been actively working on various fronts to combat pollution and promote sustainable practices. It has published a report titled ‘Significant Works by
Central Pollution Control Board’ detailing its recent endeavors. This report was published on Jun 4, 2024.

The report specifies several initiatives undertaken by CPCB to foster environmental protection. Some of the key initiatives are as follows:

Environmental Surveillance and Monitoring

  • CPCB closely monitors high-risk industries and infrastructure through online data from their OCEMS (Online Continuous Emission & Effluent Monitoring System).
  • It assesses and verifies the implementation of City Action Plans for cleaner air in million-plus and non-attainment cities under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

Waste Management and Resource Recovery

  • CPCB also explores possibilities for utilizing waste as a supplementary resource or for energy generation.
  • It conducts inspections to ensure proper procedures for importing hazardous and other types of waste.
  • CPCB oversees the operation of pollution monitoring stations on rivers and assesses inter-state river water quality.
  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) portals have been developed for managing waste from:
    • Tyres
    • Electronic Waste
    • Batteries
    • Plastic Packaging

Enforcement and Compliance

  • CPCB has conducted special drives to enforce the ban on single-use plastics (SUP).
  • It has verified compliance with EPR regulations for various waste streams.
  • CPCB is also involved in the restoration of the environment polluted by industrial activities.
  • It has undertaken studies to assess environmental and health damage caused by industrial operations.

Capacity Building and Infrastructure Development

  • CPCB organizes training programs for Pollution Control Boards (PCBs) and Pollution Control Committees (PCCs) on pollution prevention and control strategies.
  • Construction of a new extension building for CPCB at Parivesh Bhawan is underway. This green building will house laboratories, conference halls, and an on-site wastewater treatment plant.

Citizen Engagement

CPCB provides mobile apps like SAMEER and Single Use Plastic Grievance App to empower citizens to report environmental concerns and participate in enforcing the SUP ban.

National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

CPCB plays a key role in implementing the NCAP, aiming for a 40% reduction in particulate matter by 2025-26 in non-attainment cities.

Overall, the CPCB’s multifaceted approach demonstrates its commitment to safeguarding India’s environment and fostering a cleaner, healthier future for all.