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Clean energy switch helps Surat Municipal Corporation cut carbon emission

According to reports, the Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has reduced carbon emission by 2,29,600 tonnes in the last three years.

The carbon emission was reduced after bio-gas plant, wind power and solar power plants set up by the civic body became operational.

SMC plans to earn further carbon credit in the next two years by reducing CO2 emission further up to three lakh tonnes per year.

KH Khatwani, additional city engineer, SMC said, “At present, we generate nearly 19-20 per cent of our energy requirement through renewable sources. Our target is to completely switch over to green energy by 2018-19.”

SMC needs nearly 20 crore units of energy a year, which costs around Rs 125 crore at Rs 5.50 per unit. During 2014-15, it used 17.5 crore units. Energy demand increases by nearly 10 per cent every year.

Nearly 60 per cent of the energy is consumed in cleaning and supplying water. Entire energy produced by SMC through wind power is used for water supply.

“We have had a head-start over many other civic bodies in the country because we started early. We may not be able to gain in monetary terms due to present market conditions but it will certainly help us keeping our city clean,” said municipal commissioner, Milind Torwane.

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