Mr. Sanjeev K. Kanchan is an environmental professional, Consultant, Author, Speaker, Trainer with nearly 12 years of experience in environmental research, advocacy and training especially in industrial pollution monitoring, control and analysis, regulation and compliance, LCA, resource efficiency, benchmarking and auditing.
His present professional associations and positions include: Vice President (Environment and Strategy)- Adage Automation Pvt. Ltd., Consultant- Sustainability Innovations and Advisories (SIA) Pvt. Ltd., Expert Member of PM-ETS Market Oversight Committee- Forest and Env. Dept. (Govt. of Gujarat, India), Member of Management Systems Certification Scheme Committee- Bureau of Indian Standards (Govt. of India), Guest Faculty- International Centre for Environment Audit and Sustainable Development, (C&AG, GOI), Member of Global Mercury partnership- UNEP, Geneva, Member of Scientific Committee and Coordinator- CEM India, Member of Scientific Committee- CEM 2020, Poland.
Mr. Kanchan is one of the pioneers of continuous emission monitoring system implementation in India. He has contributed in development of regulatory tools, real time monitoring systems, and new pollution norms for industrial sectors in India. He has wide experience of working with central and state pollution control boards, leading research institutions and industries In India and overseas. He has carried extensive research on large scale industrial sectors such as- iron and steel sector, coal-based thermal power sector, fertilizer sector and other environmental regulatory systems such as critically polluted areas, real time pollution monitoring etc. in India and published well known books on the same. Some of the key research and publications include- CEMS: A Technical Guidance Manual, CEMS and CEQMS Implementation in India: An Inspection Manual, Heat on Power: Life Cycle Assessment of Indian Coal-based Power sector, Into the Furnace: Environment and Energy Benchmarking of Indian Iron and Steel Industries, Best Available Techniques for Indian Iron and Steel Sector, Grain by Grain: Life Cycle Assessment of Indian Urea making Industries.
Real-time monitoring is seen as a future of environmental regulation in India which can catapult the convention system to the global best practices. Given the size, diversity and available infrastructure, adopting a whole new system was a truly a big task which the government initiated nearly 6 years back. The most complicated part of it was to adopt standard practices but make them fit to the local environmental regulation.
CEMS for air quality monitoring and CEQMS for water and Effluent quality monitoring was adopted in major industries. Gradually, it is being pushed in medium scale as well. To maintain the quality of global standard, like the EU, use of certified equipment was allowed. However, to encourage “Make in India” non-certified equipment was permitted but with USEPA-type performance tests during installation. To align with best practices, system of indigenous certification and laboratory empanelment for tests, inspection and certification, was also adopted which is under development.
Phase wise targets were set- starting with maximum installation in industries, ensuring regular operation, maximum data availability, proper maintenance to currently focussed better data quality target. Challenges were many, from selection of technology, to capacity building which are being dealt for large scale industries.
Going ahead, the market is further big, but a new set of challenges are ahead that is price affordability for medium and small-scale industries. Non-affordability is also a challenge in installation of huge number of real-time ambient air quality monitoring stations to cover the large geography of India. A demand for good quality but affordable CEMS, CEQMS and CAAQMS is rising. In addition, demand for portable monitors which are handy to use in inspection and tests are also rising at the same time.
The demand is huge, knowing the coming phase of implementation has many thousands of industries in queue, opening the doors for experts, service providers and technology manufacturers across the globe. Opportunities are huge but solutions need to be affordable, rugged and credible.