India’s coal-fired power plants must meet stringent new emission norms by 2022, which were set in December 2015 by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEF&CC).
But a new study report by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) says with barely two years to go before the deadline hits them, almost 70% of the plants will not meet the emission standards.
‘Coal-based power norms: Where do we stand today’, was released on Thursday at an online event anchored by CSE director general Sunita Narain. The study presents a comprehensive assessment of the progress in implementation of the environmental norms for coal-based thermal power plants.
“Our assessment finds that even after seven years since the notification and even after the agreed five-year extension given to this sector in 2017, most of the total installed coal-fired capacity will not be compliant with the crucial sulphur dioxide (SO2) standards by 2022,” said Narain.