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Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS), an automated real-time emission monitoring and reporting system, is a proven tool to help in operational optimisation, better emission monitoring and control and environmental compliance checks in the industries. It is the way to leapfrog towards self-monitoring and control practices - an ideal environmental governance system. Whereas the pioneering countries like the USA, EU and UK adopted this 40-50 years back, India initiated it in 2014. However, many CEMS installations across the 17 categories of industries and Red category industries in India have been made, and credible pollution monitoring and reporting is yet to be achieved. The implementation challenges for CEMS are multi-faceted- inadequate knowledge and skill-set among stakeholders is one of the key ones among them. The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) took the initiative to improve industrial emission monitoring, control and regulation by helping in the proper implementation of CEMS in India.

Under the USAID-funded 'Cleaner Air Better Health' (CABH) initiative, the Council carried out a research study on CEMS data quality in the industries. Ongoing research study, in collaboration with state pollution control boards (SPCBs), on CEMS implementation status in the Indian sectors is another essential study to understand the implementation problems. Both studies seek to address the CEMS implementation hurdles encountered by regulatory bodies, industries, and other stakeholders and help to find suitable solutions.

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CEMEG-INDIA stands for "Continuous Emission Monitoring Expert Group- India". The International Centre for Sustainable Carbon (ICSC, UK) conceptualised and created this technical platform, in collaboration with CEEW, to help overcome obstacles and leverage the benefit of proper CEMS implementation for better compliance checks and environmental governance in India.

CEMEG-INDIA members comprise CEMS technical experts, users and enthusiasts from diverse stakeholder groups, including environmental regulators, industries, research institutions, technology providers, data service providers, laboratories, industry associations and independent consultants from India. International technical associations such as the Source Testing Association (STA, UK) and the Source Evaluation Society (SES, USA) and known international experts are also involved in this expert group for technical support and guidance.

The CEMEG-INDIA is meant to provide a stakeholder platform for brainstorming on various aspects of CEMS, developing cooperation, finding solutions and helping towards its better implementation in India. It will provide evidence-based inputs to support the regulatory agencies towards better CEMS implementation, and also tender continuous guidance and support to CEMS operators and users.

The US Department of State (USDoS) provided initial support through ICSC, UK to conceptualise the CEMEG-INDIA initiative. The expert group is expected to transform into a member-based, self-sufficient, not-for-profit technical association.

CEMEG-INDIA is currently being hosted at CEEW, Delhi office. Mr Sanjeev K Kanchan ([email protected]) is the Member Convenor (Governing Council) for CEMEG-INDIA.