Greenpeace Welcomes Phasing Out Of Aging Coal Power Plants

Greenpeace Appreciates The Indian Government's Move Towards Phasing Out Of Aging Coal Power Plants And Also Reinforces Investment In Renewable Energy

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Feature story - May 11, 2016
New Delhi 9th May 2016| Greenpeace India welcomed the Central Electricity Commission Chairman’s statement that indicated phasing out aging coal-fired power plants and called it a ‘step in the right direction’.

The government needs to re-examine its plans of replacing the old power plants with super-critical units, as coal’s impact on air, water and health is a burden that the country cannot afford anymore. Moreover, coal based energy is a highly water intensive process and colossal quantities of water is being allocated to thermal power plants in a country that is already reeling under drought.

 As a solution, the Power Ministry should look to replacing them with renewable energy sources, so that the country is able to achieve its 40 percent renewable energy target by 2030 as per the commitments made in the Paris Agreement.

 “The stricter emission standards and water consumption rules were notified in December 2015. The rules are significant steps towards mitigating the air pollution crisis. However the government’s laggard approach in laying down a clear plan for implementation is not in line towards solving the air pollution crisis, says Sunil Dahiya, Campaigner, Greenpeace.

“The government must announce a time-bound plan for implementing the standards, which includes phasing out old and polluting thermal power plants “concludes Dahiya.