The Government of Odisha has collaborated with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India team and signed a statement of intent to advance its commitments for new research, knowledge, and capacity-building partnerships. As part of the partnership, EPIC-India has set up a knowledge cell at Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) and researchers are working with OSPCB officials to improve environmental regulations. EPIC-India is also working with the Energy Department on power sector distribution reforms related to loss reduction measures.

In the first year of the partnership, EPIC-India worked closely with the OSPCB to effectively utilize Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) for regulation. This includes jointly developing and implementing systematic protocols for calibration and automating data quality checks and compliance analysis. Building on its earlier experience of supporting Maharashtra Pollution Control Board in designing a star rating program for industries, the EPIC- India team has worked with OSPCB to launch an information disclosure program through a star-rating scheme. The Odisha star-rating program uses the CEMS data to display information about industrial emissions in the public domain—the most polluting industries are given a 1-star, and the best performing industries are being given a 5-star.

The objective is to put additional pressure on polluting industries and recognize the efforts of environmentally conscious industries. The ratings are being updated regularly using the CEMS data. In addition to this EPIC-India with support from OSPCB will conduct inspection and recalibration of all the CEMS devices over the next few months to improve the data quality.

EPIC-India’s engagement in Odisha is supported by the Tata Centre for Development at UChicago