India aims to bring its worsening air pollution under control with stricter emissions standards and a rapid shift to electric vehicles. For now, though, Freudenberg’s vehicle cabin air filters offer a solution.
The plane touches down at Indira Gandhi Airport just after midnight. A short walk across the tarmac – the air laden with the stench of burning. A thick blanket of smog shrouds the Indian capital. While somewhat uncomfortable for the short-stay visitor, the polluted air has serious health implications for the city’s residents. With fatalities at almost 1.2 million in the country’s six largest cities, one person in every 100 suffers a premature death from air pollution. Worldwide, the financial cost is equivalent to three percent of global gross national product.
Greenpeace reported in 2020 that Delhi had seen some improvement in air quality compared to the previous two years thanks to the lockdown during the pandemic. While the city is still more than 11 times over the limit for PM10 stipulated by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the deadly air pollution is not confined to Delhi alone. More than 200 Indian cities, excluding the 102 listed in the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), are heavily polluted.