India faces a huge energy deficit, with millions of households without power for basic lighting or cooking, and coal power is essential for the next few decades to resolve this energy crisis, to address the issue of energy access, which is just as important as the environmental problems of unclean power. Centre for Science and Environment believes that we need to push for renewable—not because we can afford to do without coal, but because this source of energy provides us the option to leapfrog to decentralised and off-grid power. But equally, and perhaps even more, important is to clean up our coal power so that it does not destroy the environment and take human lives. In this background, CSE has two programs in its ‘Clean Coal-Power plants’ initiative
Coal is the mainstay of the global electricity supply, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the world’s total. Despite recent growth of renewable energy in major economies, coal continues to be the leading contributor due to its wide availability and the competitive price of coal-based electricity generation.
Rising pollutant emissions from coal-based power plants in Indonesia is an urgent and immediate concern.
CSE initiated a meeting with various stakeholders to create a road map to implement the December 2015 environmental norms for the coal-based power sector,. The meeting saw active participation of around 50 people and proceedings of the meeting were noted elaborately.
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Why we must think of energy efficient life style? Construction industry in India is growing at a rate of 9.2 per cent per annum as against the world average of 5.5 per cent per annum. The construction industry is also nearly 10 percent of the GDP. It is one of the largest in terms of economic expenditure, use of raw materials and environmental impacts.
Energy efficient appliances: Look for energy label