Cutting carbon emissions

Coal fired power plants are the biggest source of manmade CO2 emissions. This makes coal energy the single greatest threat our climate faces. In India up to 40 percent of our current CO2 emissions comes from coal fired power stations.

To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, including widespread drought, flooding and massive population displacement caused by rising sea levels, we need to keep global temperature rise below 2ºC (compared to pre-industrial levels). To do this, global greenhouse gases emission must peak by 2015 and go down to zero from there.

India is the third largest emitter of carbon dioxide after China and the US. Its emissions are expected to have significant growth over the next 20 years or so. Our emissions come from various activities but the largest share is from the electricity sector because of the way we produce most of our electricity today.

Coal based power plants produce 70 percent of our electricity needs and 40 percent of our total carbon dioxide emissions. If we want to play a significant, responsible role in tackling climate change, we must lead the way by reducing our dependence on coal and finding newer, cleaner ways to produce electricity.

Campaign story:

Our coal campaign highlights the impacts of coal in our energy mix, on the people and environment. We have an opportunity to build the energy infrastructure of the future and must seize it.

There is a huge surge in coal mining and the number of coal fired power plants in the guise of meeting electricity demands and development for the country. However coal cannot deliver India’s growth and development aspirations beyond a few years. It is neither a secure nor a sustainable energy option.

In fact it is a risky investment for the industries and the government. The campaign will demonstrate that supply of coal is severely limited by social and economical factors, making it a dead investment in the medium and long term. The campaign will also make the case that going down the coal route will be costly for India’s global image and long term development interests.

Limited coal:

A lot of our coal is found under the few remaining heavily forested areas of our country or where there are a large number of people living. To get to the coal we must either cut down the forests and/or displace large numbers of people from these regions. When people are displaced, they need to be rehabilitated to similar places where they can rebuild their lives. Given that land is not easy to come by we will not be able to provide people replacements for what they are expected to lose.

So while we theoretically have a lot of coal, there are unacceptable things that may be done to actually be able to use it. Therefore, we must stop looking at coal as an option and start by reducing our dependence on it beginning right now.

We will investigate and publicise the true cost of coal and urge people and policy makers to make the right choices.

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Cricket, Cinema and Climate Change

Feature story | February 7, 2008 at 4:30

Everyone knows that Cricket and Cinema are possibly the two greatest uniting factors in India. When we heard that a cricket match was going to be played by movie stars in Chennai, we knew that it was the perfect place to talk about climate change.

Greenpeace volunteers march across Jantar

Image | January 20, 2008 at 4:30

Greenpeace volunteers march across Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to remind the Prime Minister of the long-overdue Bachat Lamp Yojana which is likely to save 95 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Greenpeace volunteers march across Jantar

Image | January 20, 2008 at 4:30

Greenpeace volunteers march across Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to remind the Prime Minister of the long-overdue Bachat Lamp Yojana which is likely to save 95 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Greenpeace volunteers march across Jantar

Image | January 20, 2008 at 4:30

Greenpeace volunteers march across Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to remind the Prime Minister of the long-overdue Bachat Lamp Yojana which is likely to save 95 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

A Greenpeace demonstration outside the Auto

Image | January 11, 2008 at 19:08

A Greenpeace demonstration outside the Auto Expo 2008 highlighted the threat the rapidly growing Indian car industry poses to the climate. By 2050 one in every six cars will be driven by an Indian. The Co2 emissions from the Indian automobile...

A Greenpeace demonstration outside the Auto

Image | January 11, 2008 at 19:08

A Greenpeace demonstration outside the Auto Expo 2008 highlighted the threat the rapidly growing Indian car industry poses to the climate. By 2050 one in every six cars will be driven by an Indian. The Co2 emissions from the Indian automobile...

A Greenpeace demonstration outside the Auto

Image | January 11, 2008 at 19:08

A Greenpeace demonstration outside the Auto Expo 2008 highlighted the threat the rapidly growing Indian car industry poses to the climate. By 2050 one in every six cars will be driven by an Indian. The Co2 emissions from the Indian automobile...

Greenpeace demonstrates outside the Auto

Image | January 11, 2008 at 18:06

Greenpeace demonstrates outside the Auto Expo 2008 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi about the impact of the Indian automobile industry on global warming. With the Indian car industry poised for a boom, the Co2 emissions from this sector will grow...

Greenpeace demonstrates outside the Auto

Image | January 11, 2008 at 18:06

Greenpeace demonstrates outside the Auto Expo 2008 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi about the impact of the Indian automobile industry on global warming. With the Indian car industry poised for a boom, the Co2 emissions from this sector will grow...

Greenpeace demonstrates outside the Auto

Image | January 11, 2008 at 18:06

Greenpeace demonstrates outside the Auto Expo 2008 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi about the impact of the Indian automobile industry on global warming. With the Indian car industry poised for a boom, the Co2 emissions from this sector will grow...

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