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National, 17th November 2022: Pi Green Innovations Pvt Ltd, India’s leading Cleantech start-up, has been granted the Type Approval certificate from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) approved lab for its “Carbon Cutter Machine” – Retrofit Emission Control Device (RECD). The Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued an order in 2019 to reduce Particulate Matter […]

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National, 17th November 2022: Pi Green Innovations Pvt Ltd, India’s leading Cleantech start-up, has been granted the Type Approval certificate from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) approved lab for its “Carbon Cutter Machine” – Retrofit Emission Control Device (RECD). The Hon’ble National Green Tribunal (NGT) issued an order in 2019 to reduce Particulate Matter from DG sets by 70% from existing levels, based on which the CPCB evolved standards and norms for in-use DG sets below the 800kW category. Pi Green Innovations’ certified RECD is one major step to achieving such an ambitious goal. This certification validates Pi Green’s Carbon Cutter technology and allows the Company to carve a niche for itself within the industry.

As many as 35 of the 50 cities with the worst air quality were in India, with New Delhi continuing to be the world’s most polluted capital city for the fourth consecutive year in 2021, according to the World Air Quality Report, prepared by Swiss organization IQAir. The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) launched in 2018 was designed to combat the rising concern of air pollution. Furthermore, it was found that pollution created by Diesel Generator (DG) sets needs to be addressed on an immediate basis.

The certification system and procedure released by CPCB is a comprehensive and fully encompassing procedure document covering requirements of advanced onboard diagnostics and operator warning systems ensuring certified RECDs are fit and effective in reducing the harmful PM 2.5 and PM 10 emissions when installed on DG sets. The CPCB testing parameters and performance of RECD such as aged RECD back pressure also ensured that the certified RECD will not have any adverse impact on the working of the DG sets over its lifetime. Pi Green Innovation’s RECD product – Carbon Cutter is awarded ‘Type 1’ certification which validates its superiority over Type-2 RECD products which increase secondary emissions such as NO2.

Commenting on this, Mr. Irfan Pathan, Co-Founder & CEO at Pi Green Innovations said, “We, at Pi Green Innovations, have always been committed to achieving the goal of clean air and the certification by CPCB-approved labs this helps bolster our resolve towards our mission. Having had complete confidence in our Carbon Cutter technology, we were ecstatic to pass the stringent testing parameters. Furthermore, our partner OEMs are excited to offer a Certified RECD to their customers. Through the implementation of the NCAP, we are confident to witness a significant push towards the goal of Cleaner Air in India, and we look forward to contributing to this noble initiative.”

Pi Green Innovations holds patents for its product Carbon Cutter in India, the USA, China, the UK, European Union & Singapore. The company was founded in 2016 as a five-member team operating out of a 150-sq-ft workshop and has since grown into an established Cleantech start-up with a team of over 100 operating from a 55,000-sq-ft. manufacturing facility in Pune. Today, Pi Green has been leading conversations regarding air pollution and continues to work closely with various State governments and state pollution control boards on Public Policy Advocacy to address domestic pollution-related issues.

About Pi Green Innovations:

Pi Green Innovations is a cleantech company, founded with the aim of creating technology-driven solutions for the reduction of particulate matter emissions (PM 2.5/10) at source and from the ambient air. The company’s key solutions include Carbon Cutter Machines- ‘filterless’ retrofits for diesel generators and heavy vehicles. In addition, Pi Green also has developed after-treatment solutions for the reduction of PM emissions from industrial boilers, incinerators, and crematoriums. The company’s revolutionary innovation has been rated as one of the best technologies globally to reduce air pollution at Smogathon 2018 in Poland and has also won several other industry awards.

In 2021, Pi Green raised over $4.5 million in Series A funding from the Investment Fund of Opus Consulting.  Earlier, Mr. Harshal Morde, Director, Mode Foods Pvt Ltd, had invested a seed capital of $300,000 in 2019.  Pi Green Innovations is committed to creating sustainable solutions for a greener future by reducing emissions at source. Innovations in technology and design are used to indigenously develop products that hold the promise of a cleaner environment. Pi Green’s Carbon Cutter technology has patents granted in India, the USA, the UK, China, the EU, and Singapore. For further information about Pi Green Innovations, please visit: https://pigreeninnovations.com/

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Do you know more than 90 percent of the world is living in places where the air pollution levels exceed the levels set by the World Health Organisation? The highest burden of air pollution is on the South East Asian and Western Pacific regions. In simple words, air pollution is a mixture of microscopic particles […]

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Do you know more than 90 percent of the world is living in places where the air pollution levels exceed the levels set by the World Health Organisation? The highest burden of air pollution is on the South East Asian and Western Pacific regions.

In simple words, air pollution is a mixture of microscopic particles and gases that can be either natural or artificial. These microscopic particles and gases affect humans in many ways. Air pollution can lead to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and even deaths. Researchers have also established a strong connection between air pollution and the incidence of lung cancer. Air pollution does not always mean ‘outdoor pollution’. What many have not yet realized is that pollution can be ‘indoor’ as well. Household (indoor) air pollution is also dangerous and can lead to a range of diseases. It should also be noted that indoor pollution is one of the top five causes of premature deaths globally. Excessive use of artificial fragrances sprays like aerosols, paints are the major reasons for increasing indoor pollution.

How does Air Pollution affect health?

Particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5) is a complex pollutant and contains a variety of components in variable concentrations. Ozone (O3), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Nitrogen oxides (NOx), and Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) along with Particulate Matter are the top five air pollutants. When we inhale polluted air, particulate matters in the air like dust, aerosols, and soot from fuel emissions and burning reach the alveoli or the air sacs in our lungs and then make their way into the bloodstream leading to inflammation.  Heart, blood vessels, and brain are the first to face the brunt of air pollution. Depending on the period you are exposed to air pollution other complications arise. Short- and long-term exposure to air pollution can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, dementia, diabetes, and others. Ozone, sulfur dioxide, and other gases in association with other pollutants in the presence of sunlight can lead to chest congestion, shortness of breath, and other respiratory complications.

Who should be wary of Air Pollution?

Air pollution affects everyone. But babies, children, pregnant women, and the elderly are more susceptible to the adverse effects of air pollution. Children are more prone as their lungs are in the developing stage. Also, children spend more time outdoors and are more susceptible to flu and cold. When pregnant women are exposed to air pollution the chances of the fetus getting affected is very high. On the other hand, the elderly who have a pre-existing health disorder are more susceptible to air pollution. Many are living in a condition that increases their exposure to air pollution like residing in slums, industrial areas, and at places that do not have proper ventilation.

Tips to protect yourself from Air Pollution

  1. Download an app that will give details of air pollution in your area. When the pollution levels are high, you can prefer staying indoors and avoid going out.
  2. Do not allow indoor smoking and fight for smoke-free public places.
  3. Do not exercise outdoors when the pollution levels are high.
  4. Switch to public transport and reduce the usage of cars and bikes. Carpooling is also a good idea.
  5. Never burn wood, trash, or plastic as they are major pollutants to the air.

If you face any respiratory-related problems consult your doctor. Hospitals are safe to visit as they are taking necessary safety precautions.

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Amid fear and uncertainties, Covid 19 pandemic has given us a less polluted environment. The lockdown imposed throughout the country has improved air quality over the past few months. However, post the relaxation of lockdown, the pollution levels are increasing due to people taking out their vehicles even for a short commute. The fear of […]

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Amid fear and uncertainties, Covid 19 pandemic has given us a less polluted environment. The lockdown imposed throughout the country has improved air quality over the past few months. However, post the relaxation of lockdown, the pollution levels are increasing due to people taking out their vehicles even for a short commute. The fear of spreading infection through the public transport system and walking on the road has forced many to use their vehicles even for small tasks like going to the supermarket or visiting a nearby vegetable store. With winter starting, pollution and Diwali might worsen the situation with increasing COPD problems along with existing COVID 19.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a condition that limits the airflow in and out of the lungs. Certain substances and changes in weather can cause COPD problems or can flare up the condition. Cold, windy weather combined with air pollution can worsen the condition. A drop in temperature affects the lungs and prolonged exposure to cold weather further affects the respiratory system.

COPD is an umbrella term for lung diseases that can manifest in the human body without showing any symptoms for many years. The biggest risk factor being smoking. Indoor and outdoor pollution and genetic risk factors alpha, antitrypsin defenses are also responsible for the development of COPD. COPD patients can get frequent exacerbations based on the severity of lung infection. The condition majorly makes breathing difficult by showing symptoms like shortness of breath and cough in some people. Most people attribute these symptoms to aging ignoring the possibility of lung problems.

How to recognize COPD?

  • Shortness of breath especially during physical activities
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Persistent cough with phlegm
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Lack of energy
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Swollen ankles
  • Tiredness

These symptoms might increasingly get worse over time and make the situation difficult to perform day to day activities.

With COVID 19 posing respiratory-related problems, people suffering from COPD and Asthma are at a higher risk of developing complications during winter. Also, the resumption of construction activities has posed challenges to the environment by increased dust accumulation leading to a drop in air pollution. Smog, stubble burning is also adding to the poor air quality. The environment which was cleaning itself and improving during the lockdown is worsening with the relaxation.

It is crucial for people with lung problems to take the necessary precautions during the season.

Managing COPD in winter

  • It is advised to cover the face with the mask when you step out during winter. It will also help in avoiding any sort of infection like cold, flu, cough, etc
  • Keep yourself hydrated throughout the day
  • Reduce exposure to any kind of smoke
  • Keep your indoors free of dust, pet dander
  • Avoid crowded places

Asthma, bronchiectasis, anemia also show similar symptoms of COPD. A simple breathing test is enough to identify the difference. Taking the necessary precautions and timely treatment helps in managing COPD.

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