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USTDA AWARDS GRANT TO REDUCE AIR POLLUTION IN INDIA
PMC Manager (Traffic and Administration) Shivraj G. Rane (left) and USTDA Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia Carl B. Kress (right) shake hands following the award of the diesel retrofit grant in Mumbai. U.S. Consul General Michael Owen is seen second from right.
MUMBAI – (September 1, 2006) Improving local air quality management practices and reducing emissions is the goal of a USTDA grant awarded today to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) based in Pune, India. The $296,000 grant will fund technical assistance in retrofitting a subset of local diesel buses with cleaner fuel and innovative emissions control technology.
The grant was conferred in a signing ceremony held at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. USTDA Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia Carl B. Kress and PMC Manager (Traffic and Administration) Shivraj G. Rane signed the grant agreement on behalf the U.S. and Indian governments, respectively. U.S. Consul General Michael Owen was present at the grant signing ceremony.
Consistent with ongoing regulatory initiatives in India, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development have worked with PMC, the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, and other local stakeholders to promote improved urban air quality management. These efforts have resulted in the design of a diesel retrofit project to demonstrate the effectiveness of USEPA and California Air Resource Board verified technologies in reducing air pollution from local heavy-duty diesel vehicles. The long-term objective of the project is to develop and transfer experience, tools, technologies and approaches for characterizing and controlling emissions from heavy-duty diesel vehicles in Pune, which may then be replicated in other Indian cities.
The USTDA-funded assistance will assist PMC and other stakeholders in investigating and comparing the costs and effectiveness of retrofitting buses with diesel particulate filters and diesel oxidation catalysts, or other USEPA or CARB-verified retrofit technologies, and low sulfur diesel fuel. The technical assistance will also include training for the stakeholders on the operation and maintenance of the retrofit devices; emissions testing; and quantitative information on the retrofitting technologies.
The USTDA grant awarded today directly supports the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, a key U.S. government initiative launched at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002. It also supports the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, of which the United States is a participant.
The opportunity to provide the technical assistance to PMC under the grant awarded today will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement. PMC will select the U.S. contractor that will provide the assistance.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.