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Background

India has a comprehensive system of regulations to protect its natural environment and the health of its people. From the enactment of Water Act in 1974, a number of laws and regulations have been put into force in this regard. However, the intended purposes of these laws are far from being fulfilled due to various reasons. One of the issues which sterns out is a holistic understanding of the different laws and how they should be looked into in a concerted manner for better environmental management.

Considering the need to fill the gaps, Centre for Science and Environment, which is known for its path breaking research and advocacy and well recognized for its leading edge in capacitating public institutions and regulatory agencies is rolling out a new training programme in its series of its capacity building programmes. The programme is a one week online training course on “Understanding Environmental law for improving environmental management”.

Programme Objective

This one week online course has been designed to capacitate the people working in the field of environment and the prospective environmentalist with an objective to develop a better understanding and knowledge of the laws and their interrelationship.  This course will also be beneficial for students as well who aspire to develop their carrier in environment field.

Mode of Training 

The online course will majorly be based on self study basis wherein recorded sessions from experts, presentations and reading material will be uploaded on the training platform for the participants to study. The training portal has a dedicated discussion forum where all the queries can be posted and answered by the experts. Additionally, live online sessions will be organized with experts for Q& A and further discussions. The course is designed in a manner to help the participants in attending this course along with their regular work and study the course material at their own convenience.

Learning from the programme

  • Better understanding of environmental governance structure of the country, major institution, and their implementation statistics.
  • Increased understanding of the obligations of industry and individuals under various environmental laws and regulations and how to meet these obligations.
  • Understanding the impacts of violations and noncompliance.
  • Role of National Green Tribunal (NGT), environmental courts and public interest litigation (PIL).
  • Understanding of international treaties and agreements Government of India subscribes to the impact of non-compliance with such agreements on business.
  • Understanding that environmental compliance is not a financial burden but a clear business opportunity.




BACKGROUND:
 
Increasing industrial production especially in water intensive industries (like thermal power plants, pulp & paper, textiles, fertilisers, etc.) is already putting pressure on the limited freshwater resources in India and worldwide. This coupled with increased water demand from other sectors like infrastructure development, agriculture, domestic, etc. is leading to major conflicts over water availability. Water sourcing and managing wastewater is becoming increasingly difficult & expensive and hence is an important aspect for sustainability for any industry. Industries which are heavily dependent on water for their production have to cut down on their production at times due to scarcity of water mainly during summer season. Such scenarios have become more frequent in the recent years due to increasing water stress. Therefore, it is very critical that industries use water judiciously and reduce its water footprint as much as possible in order to be sustainable in future.

Water use optimisation, improving water accounting systems, identifying water losses and opportunities for water savings can serve as an effective approach for reducing water consumption. Also, efficient wastewater treatment technologies and recycling and reuse practices can further bring down consumption and effluent generation. Further, substantial costs which are associated with water & wastewater management like water sourcing, cost of pumping (energy), cost of water treatment (chemicals), cost of effluent treatment & disposal, etc. can be effectively reduced through better water and wastewater management and through periodic conduction of water audits.

Understanding the relevance of the subject, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has developed a two week online course with the aim of providing a wider understanding on the above aspects of water audits, improving water use efficiency of industries and wastewater management, recycling and reuse.

The course will be conducted online through technological learning tools such as recorded presentations of experts, videos, online discussion with experts and reading material.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Environmental professionals in industries, environmental consultants, environment regulators, environmental laboratories, academic institutions and other interested participants. Upon successful completion of course, participants will receive e-certificates.

KEY LEARNINGS FROM THE PROGRAMME 

  • Preparing water circuit diagram and water balance for better water accounting
  • Conducting water audit – scope, methodology and instrumentation
  • Improving performance of cooling towers for water use efficiency
  • Specific water consumption & benchmarking
  • Advanced water & wastewater treatment technologies
  • Effluent recycling and reuse practices - Industry specific case studies
  • Zero liquid discharge technologies for polluting industries
  • Industry specific case studies on opportunities identified for water savings through water audits
  • Cost benefit analysis of water saving schemes
  • Case studies/Exercises/Tests 

COURSE COORDINATOR

Sugandha Arora
Programme Officer
Industrial Pollution Unit | Centre for Science & Environment
Email: sugandha.arora@cseindia.org
Mobile: +91-9953588873


Course Date: September 17- 30, 2020
Last Date to Apply: September 1, 2020
Course Duration: Two weeks 20 Hours (10 hours per week) 

Background
Installation of online real-time monitoring systems used for emission monitoring and effluent quality monitoring, in industries, were mandated by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in 17 categories of highly polluting industries (classified under highly polluting industries) and for common pollution treatment facilities. The purpose of mandating real-time monitoring is to strengthen the monitoring and compliance mechanism in the industries and also to promote the measurement of real-time data, which is to become the basis for regulators to check compliance by the industries in near future. In addition to this, these systems can also help industrial sectors/regulators in process optimization and taking timely corrective measures. Since real-time monitoring are complex and expensive technologies, there are significant challenges and risks associated with their implementation. Therefore, thorough knowledge and skills that are relevant to real-time monitoring regimes become crucial factors for industries, regulators and other stakeholders.

Furthermore, in order to ensure proper implementation, auditing of these real-time technologies is an essential factor in improving the systems already installed in the industries. So this programme will also lay focus on audit methodology, which ensures correct implementation of the real time monitoring of emissions and effluent in an industry, to check whether stated standards and other regulatory requirements are being followed, status of facility's compliance, certification, verification, accreditation of the system, technical acceptance through calibration, quality assurance, generating accurate, reliable and traceable data and other related aspects.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) recognizes this need and announces an online course on “Understanding Real-time Monitoring for Industries  and its Audit Methodology”for environment professionals. The training methodology includes technical classes by experts, group exercises, presentation and study material.

This course will be conducted online through technological learning tools such as technical discussion with experts, recorded sessions from experts, presentations, videos and reading material. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Introduction and objective of CEMS and CEQMS audit
  • PM CEMS Technologies and its assessment
  • Gaseous CEMS Technologies and its assessment
  • CEQMS Technologies and its assessment
  • Assessment of location of CEMS and CEQMS installation and related aspects
  • Operation, Maintenance and Calibration practices for PM, Gaseous CEMS and CEQMS
  • How to develop CEMS and CEQMS audit questionnaire
  • Data acquisition, handling, reporting and Data interpretation


COURSE COORDINATOR

Shreya Verma
Senior Research Associate
Industrial Pollution| Centre for Science and Environment
Mobile- +91-8882084294
shreya@cseindia.org


Globally, one of the major functions of the regulatory authorities is that of environmental management. As part of the overall management plans, the authorities are required to formulate plans for prevention, control and abatement of environmental pollution. To ensure better environmental management system implementation, it is imperative to have comprehensive database that indicates the status of environmental quality. Collection of such database requires a good monitoring network comprising of well-established infrastructure, comprehensive protocol of monitoring, and skilled manpower to oversee and ensure the reliability of data. However, such ideal monitoring networks have significant cost implications, require skilled manpower, are resource and time intensive, and have limitations in terms of the functions of the responsible organization/agency. Therefore, it is the need of the hour to streamline the environmental quality monitoring (EQM) process by using more contemporary and alternative technologies that are able to reliably cater and fulfill the needs and demands of the current monitoring regime without compromising significantly on the quality of the data.

Instruments based on sensor technology that are designed in a way that makes them self-monitoring, analyzing and reporting or SMART–have proved to be one such promising alternative for developing countries in the Global South region. In addition to being smart, these instruments are also portable and come at a cost that is much lesser than that of the regulatory grade monitoring instruments.

Even though the technology is at a nascent stage, the recent advancements in this technology have helped it to leapfrog into the new age instruments and find its application in a host of areas including EQM.

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) recognizes this need to fill in the gaps of the conventional method of monitoring, and offers a two-week online training programme on understanding the various facets of Environmental Quality Monitoring using sensor-based technology and its various applications. The objective of the programme is to build the capacity of the participants in the field of air and water quality monitoring at a global level.

COURSE HIGHLIGHTS

The sessions will be covering the following facet of the sensorbased technology

• Policies pertaining to monitoring

• Concept of SMART monitoring using sensor-based instruments

• Citizen monitoring

• Case studies

• Knowledge and experiencing sharing through discussion

For further details, please contact the Course Coordinator

Digvijay Singh Bisht, Centre for Science and Environment
Email: digvijay@cseindia.org 
Mobile: 9891921959


air quality

Background
Rapid population growth, urbanization and industrialization in recent decades has made the air pollution globally recognized as a serious problem with its short and long term impacts on environment and human health. The rate at which urban air pollution has grown across the developing countries especially Asian and African countries is alarming. A vast majority of cities are caught in the toxic web as air quality fails to meet the standards. The cities are reeling under severe particulate pollution while newer pollutants like oxides of nitrogen and air toxics have begun to add to the public health challenge.

The major factors contributing to the air pollution includes vehicular exhaust, construction work, waste burning and industrial activities. Industrial sector is one of the most dynamic sectors and plays an essential role in economic development. However, with its development, it is also a crucial and prominent contributor to the overall air pollution of the area. Therefore, conducting source apportionment study focusing on different sources of pollution and preparing separate mitigation plans for each source has become the need of the hour. This practice will prove beneficial in reducing the overall air pollution load significantly.

Keeping this in view, CSE which is known for its path breaking research and advocacy and well recognized for its leading edge in capacitating public institutions and regulatory agencies is rolling out a new training programme in its series of its capacity building programmes. The programme is a two-week online course on “How to develop an air quality management plan for Industrial areas” focusing majorly on industrial pollution and strategies to mitigate the air pollution through effective management plans.

Purpose
To capacitate the regulators and relevant stakeholders and strengthen the policy implementation on the ground

Programme Design
An effective approach for air quality management in polluted areas involves (i) identification of emission sources; (ii) assessment of extent of contribution of these sources on ambient environment; (iii) prioritizing the sources that need to be tackled; (iv) evaluate various options for controlling the sources with regard to feasibility and economic viability; and (v) formulation and implementation of appropriate action plans. In order to achieve these steps, a preliminary knowledge and understanding of the air pollution and air quality management is a necessity.

With this aim, the programme has been designed in two levels: Level I (online) and Level II (off-site at CSE’s training centre). Level I intend to provide an overall understanding of the topic and set up the platform for the level II programme.

Learning from the programme

  • Need for air quality management
  • Current global scenarios
  • Basics of air quality monitoring
  • Parameters for air quality management
  • Principles of Air Pollution Control Devices (APCD)
  • Policy adaption in different countries


 

Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) and Continuous Effluent Quality Monitoring System (CEQMS) are mandatory for plants in 17 industrial sectors (classified under highly polluting industries) and for common pollution treatment facilities. In near future, the real time data will become the basis for regulators to check compliance. It can also help industrial sectors/regulators in process optimization and taking timely corrective measures. 

Since CEMS and CEQMS are complex and expensive technologies, there are significant challenges and risks associated with its implementation. The challenges include correct technology selection, installation, operation & maintenance and data handling. Data interpretation plays an important role in identifying issues related to data integrity. Therefore, thorough knowledge and skills that are relevant to CEMS regime becomes a crucial factor for industries, regulators and other stakeholders. 

COURSE DESIGN
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) recognizes this need and announces a two-week online course on CEMS, CEQMS and Data interpretation for environment professionals. The course has been has been designed in two levels: Level I (online) and Level II (off-site at CSE's training centre). Level I intend to provide an overall understanding of the topic and set up the platform for the level II programme.

The course will be conducted through technological learning tools such as presentations, videos, interview with experts, and other audio and reading material. 

The training programme was designed to develop the knowledge base and skills of environmental professionals on following aspects of continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS):

  • Basic understanding of” Real time monitoring/ or continuous emission monitoring system” and its importance.
  • Status of CEMS implementation and challenges in implementation
  • Technical knowledge on suitable device selection.
  • Technical knowledge on correct installation of CEMS and CEQMS.

CONTENT

  • Introduction to CEMS and CEQMS.
  • Pollution monitoring regulations in India.
  • PM CEMS Technologies and its assessment.
  • Gaseous CEMS Technologies and its assessment.
  • CEQMS Technologies and its assessment.
  • Correct installation of CEMS and CEQMS.

 


Water Audit


BACKGROUND:
Increasing industrial production especially in water intensive industries (like thermal power plants, pulp & paper, textiles, fertilisers, etc.) is already putting pressure on the limited freshwater resources in India and worldwide. This coupled with increased water demand from other sectors like infrastructure development, agriculture, domestic, etc. is leading to major conflicts over water availability. Water sourcing and managing wastewater is becoming increasingly difficult & expensive and hence is an important aspect for sustainability for any industry. Industries which are heavily dependent on water for their production have to cut down on their production at times due to scarcity of water mainly during summer season. Such scenarios have become more frequent in the past few years due to increasing water stress. Therefore, it is very critical that industries use water judiciously and reduce its water footprint as much as possible in order to be sustainable in future.

Conducting periodic water audits can serve as an effective approach for reducing water consumption through water use optimisation, improving water accounting system, identifying water losses and opportunities for water savings, possibilities of effluent recycling and reuse and adopting best practices. Also, substantial costs which are associated with water & wastewater management like water sourcing, cost of pumping (energy), cost of water treatment (chemicals), cost of effluent treatment & disposal, etc. can be effectively reduced through water audits.

Understanding the relevance of the subject, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has developed a two week online course with the aim of providing a wider understanding on the above aspects of water audit, wastewater management and recycling.

The course will be conducted online through technological learning tools such as presentations, videos, discussion with experts and other audio and reading material.

WHO CAN APPLY?
Industry professionals, environmental consultants, environment regulators, environmental laboratories, academic institutions and other interested participants.

KEY LEARNINGS FROM THE PROGRAMME 

  • Water audit – Introduction, Scope and Methodology
  • Preparing industry specific water audit questionnaire
  • Water audit instrumentation, metering and accounting
  • Preparing water circuit diagram and water balance with industry-specific case studies
  • Specific water consumption & benchmarking
  • Understanding water utilities basics - pumps and cooling towers
  • Advanced water & wastewater treatment technologies
  • Industry specific case studies on opportunities identified for water savings through water audits;
  • Water and wastewater costing and cost benefit analysis of water saving schemes
  • Case studies/Exercises/Tests

For registration click here


COURSE COORDINATOR

Sugandha Arora
Programme Officer
Industrial Pollution Unit | Centre for Science & Environment
Email: sugandha.arora@cseindia.org
Mobile: +91-9953588873