Power generation from coal is indispensable for India’s development and India is pursuing a low carbon growth strategy through adoption of clean coal technologies, efficiency improvement of existing power plant, higher focus of renewable energy, energy conservation, etc. to reduce CO2 emission. India supports R&D efforts on CCS for CO2 mitigation , fixation and utilization are to be pursued further said Shri P Uma Shankar, Secretary (Power), Govt. of India in his address at the National workshop on Carbon Capture and Storage was organized by NTPC Limited under aegis of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India in New Delhi to discuss and evolve India’s future strategy on CCS.
The distinguished participants for the National workshop consisted of delegates from MoEF, Ministry of Steel NTPC, SAIL,DVC, ONGC, BHEL etc; GENCOs like Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka, West Bengal, Rajasthan and eminent IPPs. Delegates from CEA, DST, scientists and academicians from IITs, IIM, CSIR laboratories, CPRI were also present.
Shri Ashok Lavasa, Addl. Secretary (Power), Govt. of India, underlined the fact that coal, abundantly available in India, will continue to be mainstay fuel for power generation. He also stated that India is concerned about rise in CO2 level in atmosphere and supports global research for reducing atmospheric CO2. Shri D K Jain, Director (Technical), NTPC opined that the workshop would be useful in deciding the future strategy for CCS initiative in India.
Shri Ashok Lavasa Add Secretary (Power), Shri A S Bakshi Chairperson CEA, Shri V.S Verma Member CERC, Shri H L Bajaj Former Member of Appellate Tribunal and Shri D K Jain Director (Technical) NTPC Limited participated in the Panel discussion held on the occasion.