welcome to coal preparation society of india

The Paris Agreement, touted to be the most ambitious climate change pact to date lays out a blue print to reduce GHG emissions and other climate-related initiatives. The Agreement is based on ‘Principle of Common Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities’ and it aims at keeping global warming well below 2°C pre-industrial levels, while recognizing a new aim, effectively a stretch target of 1.5°C. It also aims to increase countries’ ability to adapt to climate change and foster climate resilience and to make finance flows consistent with the purpose of the agreement. This is particularly important because climate finance for mitigation and adaptation purposes is directly linked with the goal of the agreement.

One may recall that until the end of negotiations, finance remained one of the most contentious issues of the agreement—and a possible deal breaker. With withdrawal of the United States of America, a question mark has already appeared on the sustainability of the Agreement.

So far India is concerned the Prime Minister has made it clear that India stands by the commitment made at Paris of reducing the emissions intensity of its GDP by 33 to 35% by 2030 from 2005 level, by achieving about 40% cumulative power installed capacity from non-fossil energy sources and by creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional green cover.

In the backdrop of India’s limited hydrocarbon resources, intermittence challenge of renewable energy, our commitment to provide electricity to the entire population and our aim to achieve 8-9 % growth of GDP our base load power generation will continue to be coal dependent for few more decades.

But we just can’t ignore the fact that CO2 emissions have to be curtailed at the same time. This can be best achieved by adoption / adaptation of high efficiency low emission (HELE) generation technologies namely supercritical and ultra supercritical for power generation. This aim can only be achieved if we wash domestic coal containing high ash content, which improves its heat value, combustion efficiency and emissions per unit of electricity generated are significantly lower.

CPSI strives for and supports use of washed coal which is a sustainable approach for greener environment.

R K Sachdev