Pilot Projects Approved in Rajkot
Traffic congestion and industrial pollution lead to poor air quality in Rajkot city. At present, there are only two Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (AAQMS) in city monitored and maintained by Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), which are not sufficient and not at appropriate locations. Air quality monitoring units will be installed at appropriate locations to monitor PM 10 and PM 2.5 on a regular basis. Data generated from these monitoring stations will help the city government take necessary actions to improve air quality and implement public warning systems regarding potential health hazards.
The residential building sector accounts for 30% of the total energy consumption and 33% of the total GHG emissions in the city of Rajkot (2015-16). 4,759,044 Giga Joule equivalent of energy is consumed by the residential building sector and 655,580 tCO2e of emissions are generated (2015-16). The Residential Buildings sector is the largest GHG emission contributor and end user of electricity, accounting for almost half of the city-wide electricity consumption. Therefore, it is important to focus on reducing energy consumption in this sector. Rajkot city is also receiving support from SDC under another on-going project ‘Building Energy Efficiency Project (BEEP)’, to develop energy efficient affordable housing in the city. Designs to ensure thermal comfort in residential dwelling units are proposed, also with an aim to reduce energy consumption for cooling. Proper orientation, appropriate material use, ventilation, external shading, roof and wall insulation and wall to window ratio during construction phase are some of the considered and proposed solutions by the BEEP initiative. There is also significant potential to reduce energy consumption in buildings by using energy efficient appliances and renewable energy, also resulting in significant GHG emission reduction. It is proposed to prepare a Detailed Project Report for one specific social housing building, considering all relevant measures and showcase implementation and benefit of these measures through quick-win implementation under the CapaCITIES project.