As India grapples with the health emergency of high air pollution levels, one of the biggest polluting sectors, coal-based power generation is not making any serious efforts to help improve air quality and pollution levels across the country.

Question raised in Lok Sabha on coal based thermal power plants, 05/12/2019. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has notified the new environment norms for coal based Thermal Power Plants (TPPs) on 07.12.2015 and 28.06.2018 categorizing TPPs with respect to date of installation in three categories.

Judgement of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of State of Uttar Pradesh Vs M/s. Birla Corporation Limited dated 20/11/2019.

In a four-pronged solution, government think-tank NITI Aayog and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) have released the report of the ‘Task Force on Clean Industry’ to tackle Delhi’s air pollution crisis.

Utilisation levels of many thermal power plants would fall to 35-40% if the country sets up 130 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022, a latest report by KPMG India has pointed out.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Gurpreet Singh Vs State of Punjab dated 01/11/2019 regarding use of inferior coal by M/s Talwandi Sabo Power Plant Limited resulting in pollution affecting the agricultural lands at Mansa, District Batinda, Punjab.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Vedprakash Vs State of Haryana dated 24/10/2019 regarding handling of the accumulated fly ash at the units of M/s NTPC Aravali Power Co. (P) Ltd. and M/s Jhajjar Power Ltd. (CLP India) in District Jhajjar.

According to the complaint, huge amount of fly ash was generated and accumulated causing air pollution which resulted in diseases to the inhabitants. Complainant alleged that he was suffering from TB as per the report of the Civil Hospital, Jhajjar.

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Anjani Jaiswal Vs Union of India & Others dated 11/10/2019 regarding thermal power stations operating in the Districts of Singrauli and Sonebhadra in the States of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh causing damage to the environment.

Summary of the Case:

Climate-related risks pose inevitable threats to investors and the assets in which they invest. Institutional investors have become increasingly concerned about-climate-related risks, but physical risks, which represent the direct physical impacts from climate change, are not well understood.

Coal power generation dominates electricity supply in Developing Asia, and more than 400 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired capacity is planned for operation by 2030. Past studies on thermal electricitywater nexus have not accounted for this new capacity, and use coarse spatial and temporal resolutions in the assessment of long-term power system reliability.