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.
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
POINTS TO NOTE
- Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change- Prakash Javadekar