Thu, Mar 23, 2017 | updated 11:55 PM IST

World Coal Association exhorts India for sustainable use of cleaner coal

Updated: Oct 18, 2016 18:02 IST

New Delhi,[India] Oct.18 (ANI): The World Coal Association (WCA) has urged India to work towards deployment of cleaner coal, at its conference in New Delhi held on Tuesday.

The global industry association for coal has said that in order to support a sustainable development of the resource, the world's third largest energy consumer, India, will require financial, technological and other support internationally.

Opening the conference titled 'Sustainable Energy Development: Opportunities and Innovation for Indian Coal', Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive, WCA, said: "We are excited to be in India and have come here to observe and take back key insights. As an international organization, we can support the sustainable development of India's coal, mining and power sectors in partnership with Coal India, NTPC, and other public and private enterprises. As India is going to rely on coal to power up its economy in the decades to come, I think it is important to look for ways to mine coal in a sustainable, efficient and safe manner, as well as look for ways to utilize it through modern high-efficiency, low-emission (HELE) power generation technologies to reduce emissions. For the international coal community, India is of high strategic importance and therefore, WCA has decided to convene its annual board meeting in New Delhi, this year."

Present on the occasion, Anil Swarup, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India said: "We have to identify ways in which clean coal can be quickly introduced in India. The concern is that with the increase in coal production as per our plans, we have to think in terms of how cleaner coal could also be provided. Thereby, on the one hand, there will be increased production and, on the other, we will see how this does not damage the environment."

According to the guidance given by the International Energy Agency (IEA), by 2040, India's energy consumption will surpass that of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Europe, and would be rapidly approaching that of the US. Like other countries before it, the country's economic growth will be still largely powered by coal. Presently, over 40% of India's total primary energy and over 70% of generated electricity demand are met by coal. The country presently has nearly 205 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired electricity generation capacity, which will soon be further augmented by another 113 GW.

To this effect, Benjamin Sporton said, "Given the continued reliance on coal, it is important to make sure that we are using modern HELE power plants with super critical and ultra-super technology that can significantly help reduce carbon dioxide emissions up to 35%. Another important aspect to this technology is that it reduces emissions of other things that cause concerns about clean air such as particulate matter, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide."

The Indian Government is driven by the mission of 24X7 Affordable and Environment Friendly 'Power for All' by 2022. Even after incorporating cost declines in renewable technologies, coal is expected to remain the most cost- effective option for meeting electricity demand growth in the country. (ANI)

Ukhrul (Imphal) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Director of Art and Culture Dr. K. Sushila on Thursday asserted that revival of indigenous culture and traditions of both hills and plain dwellers needed to be promoted.

Full Story >>

Manali (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Hundred Indian Army men of Border Road Organization (BRO) were deployed on Thursday to clear summer snow on road stretching over 222 kilometres for traffic from Manali to Sissu.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Slamming Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday stated that investigation will determine what right action should be taken into this matter.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.23 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has asserted that audit being knowledge based activity, such interactions, sharing of knowledge, experiences, and best practices would be mutually beneficial to all members of Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs).

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): A special Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) court on Thursday convicted Nigerian national, Michael Oti Nicholas for a four years rigorous imprisonment for possessing drugs in commercial quantity.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): After Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit an Air India staffer with his slipper, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani on Thursday urged the cabin crew to directly inform his office about passenger misbehaviour cases on board.

Full Story >>

Hubli (Karnataka) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): As many as four pregnant women were carried on a single stretcher in a state government hospital in Karnataka's Hubli district on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The first day of the newly formed Uttar Pradesh Cabinet started with a shock as minister Mohsin Raza Khan was taken aback to see the photos of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and party leader Azam Khan hanging on his office wall.

Full Story >>

PM Modi greets Sharif on Pakistan Day

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 21:05 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday sent greetings to his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif on Pakistan's National Day via a letter.

Full Story >>

Oppn should trust EVMs: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Updated: Mar 23, 2017 19:40 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Slamming the Congress Party for walking out from the Rajya Sabha, Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) don't make or break fortunes, but voters do and opposition should trust the judiciary.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): After the Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad hit a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, Delhi Airport Manager, Harinder Singh on Thursday told ANI that the staffer of the national carrier is agitated and hence they have blacklisted the former.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): After Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses across Uttar Pradesh, famous 'Tunday Kababi' shop owner Abu Bakr today expresses grief as his business is severely affected.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who has come under sharp criticism for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, on Thursday wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minsiter Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan while listing out the problems faced by him in the flight.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar.23 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Chandigarh MP Kiron Kher on Thursday advised Congressman Navjot Singh Sidhu to stop citing her example to justify his appearance on 'Comedy Nights with Kapil', saying her attendance in Parliament is much more than the other parliamentarians.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on Swaraj India's plea seeking allotment of common symbol to the party to contest the upcoming municipal polls in the national capital.

Full Story >>

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): A Hyderabad court on Thursday granted bail to Swami Aseemanand in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): India on Thursday advised Pakistan to address the challenge of terrorism emanating from Islamabad, which has adversely affected peace and stability in the entire neighbourhood.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Air India on Thursday registered two FIRs against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): Backing the ongoing strike by the resident doctors in Maharashtra, the Medical Teachers Association on Thursday gave an ultimatum of 48 hours demanding that their demands be met in the given time period.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India] Mar. 23 (ANI): Former Karnataka chief minister and Congress veteran S.M. Krishna, who yesterday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Thursday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation drive.

Full Story >>