With the world turning against coal because of pollution concerns, Coal India, the world’s largest producer has embarked on an exercise to go beyond mandatoryenvironment norms and improve quality as it seeks to almost double its production to a billion tonnes by 2020.
“We have tied up with Indian Council of Forest Research and Education as well as National Energy Research Institute to find ways and means of producing coal through measures that would be beyond the mandatory environment norms.
Additionally, we have committed to set up at least 1,000 MW of solar power generation plants in various states to compensate for greenhouse effects,” Coal India chairman Sutirtha Bhattacharya told ET.
The state-run monopoly miner’s subsidiary Central Mine Planning & Design Institute will work in close coordination with these two institutes to make sure coal is produced in the most environment friendly ways beyond what the environment department stipulates.
Besides, through its subsidiary South Eastern Coalfields, the miner has already called for tenders to set up 200 MW of solar power generation plants. The plan is to set up solar power generation plants of about 200 MW capacity in each tranche that will add up to about 1,000 MW.