India to increase nuclear power capacity three times to cut carbon footprint

With India is exploring multiple options to lower its carbon footprints, the government on Tuesday said the country would produce three times more nuclear power from its current level and called for greater India-US cooperation for clean energy sectors such as biofuels and hydrogen.

The issue of ramping up efforts to produce more nuclear power in the next 10 years was discussed in a meeting of junior minister in the PMO and minister of state (atomic energy) Jitendra Singh with the US delegation led by the country’s visiting deputy secretary of energy, David M Turk.

Singh informed the delegation that India will produce more than three times nuclear power and its installed capacity is expected to reach 22,480 MW by 2031 from the current 6,780 MW as more nuclear power plants are also planned in future.

The move will help India substantially increase its share of non-fossil fuel in total energy mix in sync with its pledges under the Paris Agreement.

ET Energy World
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