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MOEFCC Has Classified Industries Based On Colour Based Index

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The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has released a new Four-colour Classification Scheme for industries based on their pollution level.

MOEFCC Has Classified Industries Based On Colour Based Index

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The four-colour classification scheme of industrial sectors based on the Pollution Index (PI) which is a function of the Emissions (air pollutants)

  • Effluents (water pollutants)
  • hazardous wastes generated
  • Consumption of resources

Based on the Range of Pollution Index‘, industrial sectors have been categorised into four colours category- Red, White, Green and Orange

  • Red category: PI score of 60 and above. These are severe polluting industries. It includes sugar, thermal power plants, paints
  • Orange category: PI score of 41 to 59. They moderately polluting industries. It includes coal, automobile servicing and washeries
  • Green category: PI score of 21 to 40. They are significantly low polluting industries. Totally there are 63 industries in it.
  • White category: PI score below and upto 20. They are non-polluting industries. These industries do not require Environmental clearance for their functioning


  • Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change- Prakash Javadekar