Draft Environment (Utilisation of Crop residue by Thermal Power Plants) Rules,2023

The Indian government has introduced a new set of draft rules aimed at addressing the issue of crop residue burning and promoting environmental sustainability. These rules are known as the Environment (Utilisation of Crop Residue by Thermal Power Plants) Rules, 2023. The rules mandate the use of crop residue by thermal power plants in the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas. According to the rules, all coal-based thermal power plants operated by power generation utilities will be required to use a minimum of 5% percent blend of pellets or briquettes made from crop residue in conjunction with coal. This measure aims to reduce the practice of burning crop residue, which contributes significantly to air pollution and poses health hazards.\