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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Greenpeace volunteers parody the ‘Car Mileage

Image | December 2, 2007 at 4:30

Greenpeace volunteers parody the ‘Car Mileage Rally’ organized to raise awareness on climate change, by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) in Mumbai today. They point out that...

Greenpeace volunteers parody the ‘Car Mileage

Image | December 2, 2007 at 4:30

Greenpeace volunteers parody the ‘Car Mileage Rally’ organized to raise awareness on climate change, by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) in Mumbai today. They point out that...

Greenpeace volunteers parody the ‘Car Mileage

Image | December 2, 2007 at 4:30

Greenpeace volunteers parody the ‘Car Mileage Rally’ organized to raise awareness on climate change, by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) in Mumbai today. They point out that...

Activists delivered a quarter of a million

Image | November 15, 2007 at 15:43

Activists delivered a quarter of a million petitions signed by Indians from across the country in support of the demand and held a banner that said, "Only when Kolkata is submerged and the Ganga dry will you realize that you took too long to ban...

Activists delivered a quarter of a million

Image | November 15, 2007 at 15:43

Activists delivered a quarter of a million petitions signed by Indians from across the country in support of the demand and held a banner that said, "Only when Kolkata is submerged and the Ganga dry will you realize that you took too long to ban...

Activists delivered a quarter of a million

Image | November 15, 2007 at 15:43

Activists delivered a quarter of a million petitions signed by Indians from across the country in support of the demand and held a banner that said, "Only when Kolkata is submerged and the Ganga dry will you realize that you took too long to ban...

Activists delivered a quarter of a million

Image | November 15, 2007 at 15:36

Activists delivered a quarter of a million petitions signed by Indians from across the country in support of the demand and held a banner that said, "Only when Kolkata is submerged and the Ganga dry will you realize that you took too long to ban...

Activists delivered a quarter of a million

Image | November 15, 2007 at 15:36

Activists delivered a quarter of a million petitions signed by Indians from across the country in support of the demand and held a banner that said, "Only when Kolkata is submerged and the Ganga dry will you realize that you took too long to ban...

Activists delivered a quarter of a million

Image | November 15, 2007 at 15:36

Activists delivered a quarter of a million petitions signed by Indians from across the country in support of the demand and held a banner that said, "Only when Kolkata is submerged and the Ganga dry will you realize that you took too long to ban...

100 months to prevent climate chaos

Publication | November 15, 2007 at 11:32

I n India the lighting sector accounts for 28% of all the residential electricity consumption, the majority of which is taken up by inefficient lighting options despite more efficient alternatives existing. This is not only a huge waste of...

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