Question raised in Lok Sabha on Classification of Industries, 08/03/2016

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Classification of Industries, 08/03/2016. Pursuant to a proposal received from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) the Ministry has approved a new concept for the categorization of industries based on the relative pollution potential of the industrial sectors. As per the new concept, Pollution Index scores have been worked out based on the emissions (air pollutants), effluents (water pollutants), hazardous wastes generated and consumption of resources, for various industrial categories. Based on the relative scores, the industries have been categorized as Red category having score more than or equal to 60, Orange category having score between 41 to 59, Green category having score between 21 to 40 and White category having score less than 20. As per the classification, Red category covers 60 industrial sectors, Orange category covers 83 industrial sectors, Green category covers 63 industrial sectors and the newly introduced, White category covers 36 industrial sectors, which are least polluting/nonpolluting. Under the ease of doing business, the Ministry has approved self-certification for industries (covered within the DIPP definition of Start-ups) which fall in ‘White category’ of industrial sectors and locate their establishment in conformity with approved land-use. A summary of newly categorised industries into Red, Orange, Green and White is annexed.