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"Carbon Mitigation in the Indian Coal-Power Sector: Options and Recommendations"

Laborers carry coal to load onto a truck in Gauhati, India, May 29, 2007. Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests Pradipto Ghosh said India will reject proposals to limit GHG emissions because that would hamper its economic growth.
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"Carbon Mitigation in the Indian Coal-Power Sector: Options and Recommendations"

Journal Article, Energy Procedia, volume 1, issue 1, pages 3901-3907

February 2009

Authors: Ananth Chikkatur, Former Associate, Energy Technology Innovation Policy research group, Ambuj D. Sagar, Visiting Scholar, Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: Energy Technology Innovation Policy; Environment and Natural Resources; Science, Technology, and Public Policy



Given coal's large contribution to India's emissions, it is important to explore options for reducing emissions from the Indian coal power sector. Even as India awaits stronger action by industrialized countries, several no-regrets options can still be instituted to position the Indian coal-power sector appropriately for an eventual deeper carbon mitigation strategy: (a) improve efficiency of generation, transmission and distribution, and end-use systems; (b) aggressively deploy higher-efficiency coal combustion technologies; (c) develop a strategic plan for technology innovation; (d) improve environmental regulations to keep open economic carbon capture options; and (e) invest in detailed geological assessment of carbon storage sites.

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Chikkatur, Ananth and Ambuj Sagar. "Carbon Mitigation in the Indian Coal-Power Sector: Options and Recommendations." Energy Procedia 1, no. 1 (February 2009): 3901-3907.

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