CSE Report 2020 Released –New pollution control standards adopted by only 33 Power Plants in the Country. Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a not-for-profit public interest research and advocacy organization released a report titled “meeting emission norms working paper on penalty and incentive mechanism for coal-based power plants”.
- The report compliments the concept of “first run”. This concept incentivizes clean power stations to run on priority.
- Union Ministry of environment, forest and climate change introduced strict environmental standards for coal based thermal power plants in 2015.
- According to the ministry, all coal plants in the country must had to follow the revised standard by 2017.
- As several coal-based power plants did not adapt to the revised standard the deadline was pushed to 2022.
- The report mentioned that the revised deadline will not be met by at least 65% age of installed coal- based power plants.
- As per the report, Only 33 power plants have adopted to the new pollution control standards so far.
- The report suggests that the plants will be classified as Must run, first run, Orange category and red category.
- The must-run category power plants are those power plants that generate renewable power.
- The orange category power plants are those power plants that are likely to miss the target (pollution control target of 2022).
- Red category power plants are those power plants that will definitely miss the target.
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