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The growing urbanization has made air pollution one of the larger killers and India cannot remain complacent. The dynamic Indian economy continues to battle the rising level of pollution with air pollution being one of the greatest hindrances for development. The rising GDP and rapid industrial growth and increased emissions from industries along with vehicles is the main cause of pollution in the form of volatile organic hydrocarbons (VOC’s), lead/benzene, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide amongst other intoxicants.

India has witnessed an increase in concerns over environmental degradation in the last two years. According to a study published by Earth System Science Data in 2015, India saw a growth of 5.2 per cent in emissions. As one of the key contributors to the ever-growing environmental issue, the government of India is taking various initiatives to curb the impact of pollution on the environment. Last year in October, India actively signed the Paris Climate Change Agreement and ensured reduction of carbon footprint and protect the earth from adverse impact of climate change.

Vehicular pollution also introduces harmful gases in the environment which has a destructive effect on the ecosystem. To lower the impact of vehicular pollution, the government introduced a ‘green tax’ of 2.5 per cent on small cars and 4 percent on bigger cars and SUVs in the Union Budget 2016. Furthermore, all petrol and diesel vehicles that were more than 15 and 10 years old respectively were banned by NGT from plying on the roads in Delhi and NCR. In January 2016, the government announced that India will be skipping Bharat Stage V norms and enforcing Bharat Stage VI norms starting 2020, thereby addressing the key issue of vehicular pollution. The authorities have also clarified that no new BS-III registration of vehicles will be allowed post April 1 2017. This leap has obligated oil refining companies to invest in state-of-the-art hydro-treating units to reduce the product sulfur from the current level of 50 ppm to 10 ppm.

In concurrence with the Government’s vision and initiatives to reduce carbon emission in the country, Sud-Chemie develops and manufactures catalysts which aids in cutting down on the toxic emissions from industrial & auto manufacturers. The company supports the chemical fraternity with innovative solutions which has helped transform human life in several ways. Sud-Chemie India markets industrial catalysts for various chemical, petrochemical, refinery, automotive, specialty, fine and pharma applications. It produces catalysts in India for the Indian chemical industries and also exports these catalysts to several part of the world through its group company Clariant. Through its innovative solutions and continuous research & development, Sud-Chemie has helped Indian industries to combat air pollution, thus assisting in their endeavour to make the world a better place to live in. In addition to development of several new catalysts at in-house R&D, Sud-Chemie in collaboration with National Chemical Laboratory, Pune has developed solid oxide catalyst for biodiesel technology that is now globally licensed by Benefuel Inc USA. Also, supported Indian Oil R&D in manufacturing a unique catalyst for INDAdept technology.

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