Action in India is essential to achieving the benefits estimated from SLCP mitigation. According to a UNEP/WMO assessment, of the 2.4 million premature deaths and 52 million tonnes of crop yield loss avoided from implementation of SLCP mitigation measures, 33% and 19% of these benefits would be achieved in India alone. Mitigating these pollutants can make a substantial contribution to improving health and food security in India and achieve key sustainable development goals, while contributing to slowing near-term climate change.
The Indian Government launched NCAP – the National Clean Air Programme – in 2019. The programme provides a roadmap to prevent, control and reduce air pollution, including cutting PM2.5 and PM10 emissions by 20-30% compared to 2017 levels by 2024. SLCP mitigation strategies can help achieve these goals.