Indoor pollution in India contribute from 22 to 52 pc air pollution: UNEP

NEW DELHI: The contribution of indoor air pollution is estimated to vary between 22 and 52 per cent, according to a UNEP study which said emissions from household cooking and heating will need to be reduced to greatly improve air quality.
Amid an alarming rise in air pollution in the national capital, the United Nations Environment Programme has come out with 25 measures to combat it.
Use of clean fuels, electricity, natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in cities, and LPG and advanced biomass cooking and heating stoves in rural areas, promoting the use of electric vehicles, encouraging a shift from private passenger vehicles to public transport are among the methods suggested by the UNEP in its report.
The report was titled ‘Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based Solutions’.
Another source of pollution that was highlighted by the UNEP report was fugitive dust.
“This fugitive dust can arise from unpaved roads and infrastructure development and is a serious air pollution problem in areas with expanding transport and construction networks,” the report said. (AGENCIES)