New Emission Norms for Coal-Fired power Plants
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Pollution
- The Central government has pushed back deadlines for coal-fired power plants to adopt new emission norms by up to three years.
- It has also allowed utilities that miss the new target to continue operating after paying a penalty.
- India had initially set a 2017 deadline for thermal power plants to install Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) units that cut emissions of sulphur dioxides.
- But that was postponed to varying deadlines for different regions, ending in 2022.
- According to the new order, plants near populous regions and New Delhi will have to comply by 2022, while utilities in less polluting areas have up to 2025 to comply or retire units.
- A task force will be constituted by the Central Pollution Control Board to categorise plants in three categories “on the basis of their location to comply with the emission norms”.
- In case of non-compliance, a penalty of up to ₹0.20 will be levied for every unit of electricity produced.