Environment

Clearing the air: The effects of transparency on plant pollution emissions

  • Blog Post Date31 December, 2017
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Rohini Pande

Harvard Kennedy School

rohini_pande@harvard.edu

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Anant Sudarshan

Energy Policy Institute at Chicago

anants@uchicago.edu

Of the 20 cities in the world with the worst fine particulate air pollution, 13 are in India. If good information on who pollutes is available, then traditional environmental regulation can bring down emissions somewhat, but regulators may lack the will or resources to penalise every polluter. What more can government due to contain such widespread damages? This project measuring the effect of information disclosure on emissions in a large-scale plant-level randomised controlled trial in India. In collaboration with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, it develops a star-rating programme that assigns plants to categories based on their recent air pollution emissions, which are either privately shared with the plant alone or publicly disclosed.

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