California-based Ship & Shore Environmental, Inc. (S&SE), a multinational environmental pollution abatement and energy solutions firm specialised in energy-efficient clean air solutions, has been steadily expanding its overseas presence over the past two years.
The company opened Ship & Shore China in Shanghai in 2019, after which it then moved into Bangkok, Thailand. India, which is home to at least 20 of the world's 30 most polluted cities, with more than 40% of its population regularly breathing air containing five times the pollution deemed safe for humans, was the logical next step.
Faced with over 2 million deaths annually from air pollution-related causes, in 2019, India rolled out its National Clean Air Programme, which states a national goal of reducing PM 2.5 and PM 10 particulate concentrations by 2024.The mandate applies to over 100 Indian cities. This is a tall order and the country has implemented a wide range of remediation tactics in different areas, including new electric vehicle mandates, increasing renewable energy production, and mounting public air pollution education campaigns.
India's health problems worsened even further this year with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has suffered over 8 million COVID cases and 124,000 related deaths as the links between air pollution and COVID-related mortality have become known. According to one recent U.S. study, flong-term air pollution exposure was associated with a 15% increase in the COVID-19 death rate.
S&SE is entering India full force with a complete team for sales, marketing, business development, and expert engineering specifically for the Indian market.
"After successfully launching Thailand operations and our Ship & Shore China division, we looked where else we could offer our energy-efficient clean air solutions," said S&SE President and CEO Anoosheh Oskouian. "Many areas around the world are in need, but India stood out as an exceptional opportunity, both in need and in our ability to make the greatest positive impact."
SS&E has been manufacturing air pollution abatement systems based on the dynamic stringent air quality regulations in the U.S. for two decades, along with close involvement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The company supports major manufacturers in meeting Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) abatement challenges by providing customised, energy-efficient air pollution abatement systems for various industries: tailored “green” solutions that also result in improved operational efficiency .