Stakeholder Workshop Summary: New Environment norms for the Power Sector

September 07, 2016

Proceedings and Recommendations of the Stakeholder Workshop Organized by CSE 
7 September 2016

Coal is central to India’s energy needs. It contributes around 75 per cent of India’s current electricity generation and, according to NITI Aayog projections, will remain the dominant source of power for the next couple of decades. Coal is abundantly available and provides a reliable, cheap baseload power. But the coal-based thermal power industry is responsible for a significant share of emissions of the industrial sector in India and it therefore has an outsized impact on air pollution (see Graph 1: Contribution of coal-based power sector to industrial emissions). Cleaning the sector will have vast benefits for the environment and on human health.