India witnessed 6% decline in its sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in 2019. It was the steepest decline in SO2 emissions in four years, which came on account of India’s shift towards renewable energy initiatives, according to a report by Greenpeace India and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA).
“We are seeing a reduction in SO2 emissions in the top three emitter countries. In India, we’re getting a glimpse of how reduction in coal usage can impact air quality and health,” said Avinash Chanchal, climate campaigner, Greenpeace India, on Thursday.
India, however, has continued to occupy the top spot in the world in SO2 emissions for the fifth consecutive year. SO2 is a poisonous air pollutant that increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, lung cancer and other health issues that can lead to premature death.