Activated Carbon Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast (2024-2030) With Emerging Key Trends

  • Activated Carbon Market size was valued at US $ 6.81 Billion in 2023 and the Activated Carbon market revenue is expected to grow at 9.32% through 2024 to 2030, reaching nearly US $ 12.70 Billion. The report analyzes Activated Carbon market dynamics by region, type, and applications.

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Activated Carbon Market Overview:

Activated carbon, often known as activated charcoal, is a kind of graphite that is used to make pencil leads. It has a random, flawed structure that is very porous over a wide range of pore sizes, from apparent cracks and crevices to molecular dimensions, which sets it apart from graphite. The carbon's high surface area thanks to its graphite structure, which allows it to absorb a wide spectrum of chemicals. Activated carbon has the strongest physical adsorption forces of any substance known to mankind, as well as the largest volume of adsorbing porosity.

 

The surface area of activated carbon (activated charcoal) can be larger than 1000 m2/g. This means that 3g of activated carbon may cover an entire football field in surface area. Activated carbon (activated charcoal) can made from many substances containing a high carbon content such as coal, coconut shells and wood. The raw material has a very large influence on the characteristics and performance of the activated carbon (activated charcoal).

 

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Activated Carbon Market Dynamics:

As the need for pollution management grows, activated carbon is in great demand:

 

The process of transferring gaseous pollutants from an air stream to the solid surface of an adsorbent is referred to as adsorption. Activated carbon is the most common adsorbent, however, zeolites, polymers, and other adsorbents can also be used. The special properties of activated carbon allow it to remove VOCs, smells, and other gaseous pollutants from the atmosphere. It does so in a different way than other air purifiers, such as HEPA filters, which just filter particle pollution from the air.

 

Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards have been established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which requires sources to meet specified emission limits based on the emission levels of the best-performing facilities. The IPPC Directive (Directive 2008/1/EC) is one of the directives published by the European Commission to limit industrial emissions. Its primary principle is to adopt the most advanced techniques available (BAT). BAT refers to the best technology available on the market that is both inexpensive and practical for preventing mercury pollution.

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For example, in countries like Canada and the United States, new legislation that may mandate coal-fired power plants to install particular mercury-control systems went into effect in 2021. The European Union, as well as countries like Australia and Japan, are working on programs to better monitor mercury emissions from coal-fired power stations in the hopes of adopting standards soon.

 

Because of a scarcity of raw resources, the price of activated carbon is rising:

 

In the Asia Pacific, coconut shells are becoming an increasingly important raw material for activated carbon producers. Natural disasters have a significant impact on the value chain of the activated carbon industry, notably in terms of raw materials. As a result, raw material prices have risen, particularly for coconut shell charcoal. The cost of coal-based activated carbon has also increased as a result of rising energy demand, particularly in China, where coal demand for industrial industries including power, cement, and iron and steel plants continues to climb.

 

For example,

  • Jacobi Group has decided to raise the price of all coconut-based activated carbons by 10% because of a large increase in raw material costs. For shipments made on or after April 1, 2021, the price increases took effect.

 

  • Beginning on or after October 1, 2020, or as customer contracts allow, Cabot Norit Activated Carbon hiked global pricing for all activated carbon products. Price increases vary from 3% to 8%, depending on the activated carbon product and location.

 

As a result, appropriate coal grades for the manufacturing of activated carbon are scarce. Coal is the most prevalent raw material used in the manufacturing of activated carbon throughout the Asia Pacific, particularly in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The scarcity of raw materials, on the other hand, is affecting the operational effectiveness of activated carbon producers, resulting in a 50–60% drop in production capacity and a rise in activated carbon costs.

 

Manufacturers of activated carbon may be able to profit from reactivated carbon:

 

As a result of strict air quality regulations and the growing number of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants, demand for activated carbon has skyrocketed. A major aspect of the sector is the increasing pressure on activated carbon manufacturers due to the high cost of production. As a result, activated carbon manufacturers are focusing their efforts on reactivated carbon. Reactivated carbon is 20 to 30% less expensive than virgin activated carbon. It is a cost-effective alternative to activated carbon. Traditional activated carbon is less harmful to the environment than reactivated carbon.

 

The thermal reactivation approach reduces carbon dioxide emissions by five times when compared to the manufacturing of fresh material. Municipal water treatment plants in Europe prefer reactivated carbon. After reactivation, the spent activated carbon can be recovered for reuse, minimizing the expenses and long-term responsibilities that come with the disposal. Reactivated carbon solves the cost problem because it is efficient and non-hazardous to the environment. This is a huge potential for market operators to drive their profits.

 

Inefficient economic conditions resulting from low industrial growth:

 

Weak economic conditions around the world have a direct impact on industrial expansion to some degree. Activated carbon is widely used in the chemical, petrochemical, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, mining, and automotive industries for air purification, water treatment, decolorization of chemical products, solvent purification, odor elimination, and other applications.

 

Similarly, changes in crude oil prices affect the chemical, petrochemical, and allied industries' value chains, limiting their growth. Because the demand for activated carbon is closely tied to operational activities in various industries, low industrial activity has an impact on market growth.

 

Key Trends:

  • Carbon costs have risen in several countries, but they still range from US $1/t CO2e to US $119/t CO2e.

 

The most substantial price hikes in the recent year occurred in Asia, with increases in the Korean ETS (Emission Trading Scheme) and Chinese pilots because of limited trading and lower allowance scarcity due to increased output, respectively. Prices in Switzerland tripled, moving up to EU allowance pricing, as part of an annual update based on the price in the EU ETS, while Portugal's carbon tax rate nearly doubled to €24/t CO2e (US $26/t CO2e) in the run-up to the EU ETS connection.

 

  • Increasingly carbon pricing measures are being implemented to assist governments in meeting more aggressive regional or national climate targets.

 

The EU Green Deal, with its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, has increased the case for more severe climate action and expanded the implementation of carbon pricing in Europe. Several countries have established new climate goals and are looking into national carbon pricing initiatives to supplement the EU ETS by covering new industries. Germany intends to launch a nationwide carbon market for heat and road trips in 2021. In 2021, Luxembourg planned to impose a carbon tax on industries not covered by the EU ETS. Similarly, Austria has announced plans to impose a carbon price for non-ETS businesses, while the program's details are still being worked out.

 

Activated Carbon Market Segmentation:

Based on TypeIn 2023, the powder-activated carbon (PAC) segment was dominant and held xx% of the overall market share in terms of revenue. When compared to granular activated carbon, powdered activated carbon (PAC) has a smaller particle size and so has a higher surface-to-volume ratio. As a result, PAC is commonly introduced to process units such as quick mix basins, clarifiers, and gravity filters directly.

 

Activated carbon is traditionally manufactured as powders or small granules less than 1.0 mm in diameter with an average diameter of 0.15 mm to 0.25 mm. The efficiency of PAC in adsorbing tastes and odors is dependent on proper mixing, contact time, dosage, and the source and severity of the odor or taste problem. PAC is consumed in a variety of applications, including wastewater treatment.

 

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Activated Carbon Market Regional Insights:

The Asia Pacific region dominated in terms of revenue in 2023, accounting for more than 39.26% of the total market. Factors such as a ready supply of raw materials and labor, as well as innovative technologies and innovations, have driven the Asia Pacific region's economic growth. According to the World Bank, China and Japan, the two economic titans of the Asia Pacific region, were the world's second and third largest economies in 2020.

Demand is expected to be driven by growing end-use industries such as chemicals, petrochemicals, and food and beverages, as well as high GDP rates in comparison to mature countries in North America and Europe. Two of the region's largest activated carbon producers, Haycarb Plc. (Sri Lanka) and Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. (Japan), control the supply chain.

 

The objective of the report is to present a comprehensive analysis of the Activated Carbon Market to the stakeholders in the industry. The report provides trends that are most dominant in the Activated Carbon Market and how these trends will influence new business investments and market development throughout the forecast period. The report also aids in the comprehension of the Activated Carbon Market dynamics and competitive structure of the market by analyzing market leaders, market followers, and regional players.

 

The qualitative and quantitative data provided in the Activated Carbon Market report is to help understand which market segments, regions are expected to grow at higher rates, factors affecting the market, and key opportunity areas, which will drive the industry and market growth through the forecast period. The report also includes the competitive landscape of key players in the industry along with their recent developments in the Activated Carbon Market. The report studies factors such as company size, market share, market growth, revenue, production volume, and profits of the key players in the Activated Carbon Market.

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The report provides Porter's Five Force Model, which helps in designing the business strategies in the market. The report helps in identifying how many rivals are existing, who they are, and how their product quality is in the Market. The report also analyses if the Activated Carbon Market is easy for a new player to gain a foothold in the market, do they enter or exit the market regularly if the market is dominated by a few players, etc.

 

The report also includes a PESTEL Analysis, which aids in the development of company strategies. Political variables help in figuring out how much a government can influence the Market. Economic variables aid in the analysis of economic performance drivers that have an impact on the Market. Understanding the impact of the surrounding environment and the influence of environmental concerns on the Activated Carbon Market is aided by legal factors.

 

Activated Carbon Market Scope:

Activated Carbon Market

Market Size in 2023

USD 6.81 Bn.

Market Size in 2030

USD 12.70 Bn.

CAGR (2024-2030)

9.32%

Historic Data

2018-2022

Base Year

2023

Forecast Period

2024-2030

Segment Scope

by Type

  • Powder Activated Carbon (PAC)
  • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
  • Extruded Activated Carbon (EAC)
  • Charcoal Activated Carbon Cloth (ACC)

by Application

  • Liquid Applications
  • Water Treatment
  • Food & Beverages
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical
  • Others
  • Gas-Phase Applications
  • Automotive
  • Industrial
  • Air Purification
  • Flue Gas Cleaning
  • Mercury Control
  • Solvent Recovery
  • Others

Regional Scope

North America- United States, Canada, and Mexico

Europe – UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Austria, and Rest of Europe

Asia Pacific – China, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, ASEAN, Rest of APAC

Middle East and Africa - South Africa, GCC, Egypt, Nigeria, Rest of the Middle East and Africa

South America – Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America

 

Activated Carbon Market Key Players

  • Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. (Japan)
  • Cabot Corporation (United States)
  • Kuraray Co. Ltd. (Japan)
  • Haycarb Plc (Sri Lanka)
  • Kureha Corporation (Japan)
  • Jacobi Carbons AB (Sweden)
  • Calgon Carbon Corporation (United States)
  • Carbo Tech AC GmbH (Germany)
  • Carbon Activated Group (United States)
  • Ingevity (United States)
  • Tronox (United States)
  • Genuine Shell Carb (India)
  • James Cumming & Sons (Australia)
  • Indo German Carbons (India)
  • Others


Frequently Asked Questions

The forecast period for the global activated carbon market is 2024-2030.

Chapter 1 Scope of the Report
Chapter 2 Research Methodology

      2.1. Research Process
      2.2. Global Activated Carbon Market: Target Audience
      2.3. Global Activated Carbon Market: Primary Research (As per Client Requirement)
      2.4. Global Activated Carbon Market: Secondary Research
Chapter 3 Executive Summary
Chapter 4 Competitive Landscape

      4.1. Market Share Analysis, By Value, 2023-2030
            4.1.1.    Market Share Analysis, By Region, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.1.1. North America Market Share Analysis, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.1.2. Europe Market Share Analysis, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.1.3. Asia Pacific Market Share Analysis, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.1.4. South America Market Share Analysis, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.1.5. Middle East and Africa Market Share Analysis, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
            4.1.2.   Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %) 
                  4.1.2.1. North America Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.1.1. USA Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.1.2. Canada Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.1.3. Mexico Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.2.2. Europe Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.1. UK Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.2. France Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.3. Germany Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.4. Italy Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.5. Spain Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.6. Sweden Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.7. Austria Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.2.8. Rest of Europe Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.2.3. Asia Pacific Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.3.1. China Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.3.2. India Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.3.3. Japan Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.3.4. South Korea Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.3.5. Australia Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.3.6. ASEAN Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.3.7. Rest of APAC Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.2.4. South America Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.4.1. Brazil Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.4.2. Argentina Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.4.3. Rest of South America Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.2.5. Middle East and Africa Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.5.1. South Africa Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.5.2. GCC Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.5.3. Egypt Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.5.4. Nigeria Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.2.5.5. Rest of Middle East and Africa Market Share Analysis, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
            4.1.3.    Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
            4.1.4.    North America Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.1.1. USA Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.1.2. Canada Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.1.3. Mexico Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.4.2. Europe Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.1. UK Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.2. France Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.3. Germany Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.4. Italy Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.5. Spain Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.6. Sweden Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.7. Austria Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.2.8. Rest of Europe Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.4.3. Asia Pacific Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.3.1. China Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.3.2. India Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.3.3. Japan Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.3.4. South Korea Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.3.5. Australia Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.3.6. ASEAN Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.3.7. Rest of APAC Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.4.4. South America Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.4.1. Brazil Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.4.2. Argentina Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.4.3. Rest of South America Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                  4.1.4.5. Middle East and Africa Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.5.1. South Africa Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.5.2. GCC Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.5.3. Egypt Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.5.4. Nigeria Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
                              4.1.4.5.5. Rest of Middle East and Africa Market Share Analysis, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (In %)
      4.2. Stellar Competition matrix
            4.2.1. Global Stellar Competition Matrix
            4.2.2. North America Stellar Competition Matrix
            4.2.3. Europe Stellar Competition Matrix
            4.2.4. Asia Pacific Stellar Competition Matrix
            4.2.5. South America Stellar Competition Matrix
            4.2.6. Middle East and Africa Stellar Competition Matrix
      4.3. Key Players Benchmarking 
            4.3.1. Key Players Benchmarking by Type, Pricing, Market Share, Investments, Expansion Plans, Physical Presence and Presence in the Market.
      4.4. Mergers and Acquisitions in Industry
            4.4.1. M&A by Region, Value and Strategic Intent
      4.5. Market Dynamics
            4.5.1.Market Drivers
            4.5.2.Market Restraints
            4.5.3.Market Opportunities
            4.5.4.Market Challenges
            4.5.5.PESTLE Analysis
            4.5.6.PORTERS Five Force Analysis
            4.5.7.Value Chain Analysis
Chapter 5 Global Activated Carbon Market Segmentation: By Type 
      5.1. Global Activated Carbon Market, By Type, Overview/Analysis, 2023-2030
      5.2. Global Activated Carbon Market, By Type, By Value, Market Share (%), 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
      5.3. Global Activated Carbon Market, By Type, By Value, - 
            5.3.1.Powder Activated Carbon (PAC)
            5.3.2.Granular Activated Carbon (GAC)
            5.3.3.Extruded Activated Carbon (EAC)
            5.3.4.Charcoal Activated Carbon Cloth (ACC)
Chapter 6 Global Activated Carbon Market Segmentation: By Application
      6.1. Global Activated Carbon Market, By Application, Overview/Analysis, 2023-2030
      6.2. Global Activated Carbon Market Size, By Application, By Value, Market Share (%), 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
      6.3. Global Activated Carbon Market, By Application, By Value, - 
            6.3.1.Liquid Applications
                  6.3.1.1. Water Treatment
                  6.3.1.2. Food & Beverages
                  6.3.1.3. Pharmaceutical & Medical
                  6.3.1.4. Others
            6.3.2. Gas Phase Applications
                  6.3.2.1. Automotive
                  6.3.2.2. Industrial
                              6.3.2.2.1.Air Purification
                              6.3.2.2.2.Flue Gas Cleaning
                              6.3.2.2.3.Mercury Control
                              6.3.2.2.4.Solvent Recovery
                              6.3.2.3. Others
Chapter 7 Global Activated Carbon Market Segmentation: By Region
      7.1. Global Activated Carbon Market, By Region – North America
            7.1.1. North America Activated Carbon Market Size, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
            7.1.2. North America Activated Carbon Market Size, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
            7.1.3. By Country – U.S.
                  7.1.3.1. U.S. Activated Carbon Market Size, By Type, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
                  7.1.3.2. U.S. Activated Carbon Market Size, By Application, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
                  7.1.3.3. Canada Activated Carbon Market Size, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
                  7.1.3.4. Mexico Activated Carbon Market Size, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
      7.2. Europe Activated Carbon Market Size, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
            7.2.1.UK
            7.2.2.France
            7.2.3.Germany
            7.2.4.Italy
            7.2.5.Spain 
            7.2.6.Sweden
            7.2.7.Austria
            7.2.8.Rest of Europe
      7.3. Asia Pacific Activated Carbon Market Size, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
            7.3.1.China
            7.3.2.India
            7.3.3.Japan
            7.3.4.South Korea
            7.3.5.Australia
            7.3.6.ASEAN
            7.3.7.Rest of APAC
      7.4. Middle East and Africa Activated Carbon Market Size, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
            7.4.1.South Africa
            7.4.2.GCC 
            7.4.3.Egypt
            7.4.4.Nigeria
            7.4.5.Rest of Middle East and Africa
      7.5. South America Activated Carbon Market Size, By Value, 2023-2030 (USD Billion)
            7.5.1.Brazil
            7.5.2.Argentina
            7.5.3.Rest of South America
Chapter 8 Company Profiles
      8.1. Key Players
            8.1.1.Osaka Gas Co. Ltd. (Japan)
                  8.1.1.1. Company Overview
                  8.1.1.2. Type Portfolio
                  8.1.1.3. Financial Overview
                  8.1.1.4. Business Strategy
                  8.1.1.5. Key Developments
            8.1.2. Cabot Corporation (United States)
            8.1.3. Kuraray Co. Ltd. (Japan)
            8.1.4.Haycarb Plc (Sri Lanka)
            8.1.5.Kureha Corporation (Japan)
            8.1.6.Jacobi Carbons AB (Sweden)
            8.1.7.Calgon Carbon Corporation (United States)
            8.1.8.Carbo Tech AC GmbH (Germany)
            8.1.9.Carbon Activated Group (United States)
            8.1.10. Ingevity (United States)
            8.1.11. Tronox (United States)
            8.1.12. Genuine Shell Carb (India)
            8.1.13. James Cumming & Sons (Australia)
            8.1.14. Indo German Carbons (India)
            8.1.15. Others
      8.2. Key Findings
      8.3. Recommendations

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