National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

Country: India; Year: 2019-2024; Resposible organization: CCAC


This policy sets a national level target of 20-30% reduction of PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 2024.

The policy’s objectives include: (1) Stringent implementation of mitigation measures for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution; (2) augment and strengthen air quality monitoring network across the country; and (3) augment public awareness and capacity building measures.


Pollutants specified/mentioned: 

Black carbon, methane (or GHGs), tropospheric ozone


Pollutants TARGETED: 

Black carbon, methane (or GHGs), tropospheric ozone


To achieve the target, measures will be taken in 4 sectors: agriculture, bricks, transport, and waste.

Agriculture: extending initiatives that address crop residue burning from the National Capital Region to other parts of the country, and from paddy to sugarcane and other crops; coordination with ISRO to improve the availability of Remote Sensing Monitoring data for crop burning by the farmers; and evaluate the socio-economic feasibility for implementation of ex-situ options like production of Prali-Char, biochar, pellets, briquettes, bioCNG, bioethanol, for crop residue management.

Bricks: enforce the use of zig-zag brick technology in brick kilns.

Transport: launching an awareness drive against polluting vehicles; taking steps to retrofit diesel vehicles with particulate filters; and promoting battery operated vehicles.

Waste: transitioning towards a zero-waste pathway through an integrated solid waste management strategy, including targeting waste prevention, recycling, composting, energy recovery, treatment, and disposal; and waste reduction schemes such as recycling projects, composting, biomethanation, RDF plants and co-processing.


Themes / initiatives: Waste
Pollutants (SLCPs): Methane
Regions: Global 
Partners: listed parters

Asia and the Pacific

Type of policy: 
Policy, plan, or strategy

Sector(s) addressed: 
Agriculture, bricks, waste, household energy, transport

Air quality


Last update: May 26, 2021