Reasserting the importance of coal as an energy source for India, oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said India is not responsible for global warming and it will continue to use coal with its share in the overall energy basket declining slightly over time.
“We will continue to use coal because we need to look at affordability of our consumers. Why should we stop using coal? India is not the pollutant in the global sphere. We are not responsible for global warming,” he said while replying to a question at the event The India-US Business Story: Opportunity, Innovation, Entrepreneurship here.
Pradhan added that countries which are preaching reduction in coal consumption are primarily responsible for global warming, by insensitive use of coal during their time.
Replying to a question on India’s commitment to bring down the share of coal in the country’s energy basket to 40 per cent from 80 per cent, Pradhan clarified: “In our energy basket coal’s share is around 50-55 per cent. Looking at our overall spending pattern and our energy management, our energy basket will have a place for all sources of energy,” he said.
Talking about the potential areas of cooperation between India and the US the minister said India is diversifying its sources of coking and metallurgical coal and would like to deepen cooperation with the US on that front.
“India is diversifying sources of coking and metallurgical coal which is needed by our steel industry and is largely imported. We are targeting a (growth in) steel making capacity from existing 40 million tonne to 300 million tonne per annum by 2030,” he said.