82 more Mah industries come under MPCB’s Star Rating Programme
The Maharashtra Government’s Star Rating Programme, a first-of-its-kind in India to rate large industrial plants based on their emission, has expanded to include 82 more industries from Kolhapur, Pune, Aurangabad and Raigad regions.
Additionally, the programme will now cover food processing and the glass and ceramics sectors, taking the total number of sectors covered under the programme to 12. Launched on World Environment Day in June 2017, this five-star rating system gives out one star to those polluting most and five stars to those polluting the least. “The programme has been running successfully in several areas of the State and so far both the industries and citizens have shown active participation. Of the 136 industries invited today,27 are one star industries, 36 are 2 star and 25 are five star industries. While 82 of these industries are a new addition, the rest 54 industries are getting updated ratings as per their emission performance. We are planning to expand the number of industries in months to come,” said E Ravendiren, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) member Secretary during an event that announced the expansion of the programme in Pune.
Representatives from a total of 136 industries were present on the occasion where they were handed out report cards containing their respective ‘Star Rating’ by the MPCB. The Star Rating Programme is the first in the world to be designed to scientifically measure the impact on pollution from industry.This is being done by MPCB in collaboration with researchers from Tata Centre for Development at UChicago (TCD), Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team(EPIC India),Evidence for Policy Design(EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School, and Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).