Centre rejects examine that claims India is world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide


New Delhi, September 19

The Environment Ministry on Saturday rejected the findings of a examine that claimed that India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) and knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha that 18 models for flue-gas desulphurisation have been put in within the nation.

Congress MP Ripun Bora had sought to know whether or not the federal government is conscious that India is the biggest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide from coal burning that causes air air pollution.

In his reply, Union Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo stated: “No sir, it has been reported in one of the study of environmental NGO Greenpeace that India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) and coal-based thermal power plants are the major contributors. Government facts do not agree to this”.

He stated the ministry, by way of its December 2015 notification, stipulated norms for emission of sulphur dioxide from thermal energy crops other than different pollution.

“There was no SO2 emission norms for coal-based thermal power pants prior to this notification and regulated through stipulating the height of discharge/emittance through fixing height of chimney,” Supriyo stated in a written response.

Asked whether or not India has flue-gas desulphurisation know-how put in in coal crops that may assist in discount of air air pollution, the minister stated two of the generally acceptable know-how for flue-gas desulphurisation of coal-based thermal energy plants—wet scrubbing in alkaline media and dry sorbent injection (DSI)—are put in in India.

“As on August 31, 2020, 16 units on wet scrubbing and two units on DSI technology are installed for de-sulphurisation of flue gas from coal-based thermal power plants,” Supriyo stated.

According to the information, of the 16 wet-scrubbing models, eight are in Maharashtra, three in Gujarat, two every in Haryana and Tamil Nadu and one in Madhya Pradesh. The two DSI models are in Uttar Pradesh.

In August final 12 months, a examine by atmosphere NGO Greenpeace India had claimed that India is the world’s largest emitter of anthropogenic sulphur dioxide, which is produced from coal burning, and significantly contributes to air air pollution.

The Greenpeace India has launched an evaluation of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) knowledge saying India has greater than 15 per cent of all anthropogenic sulphur dioxide (SO2) hotspots on this planet detected by the OMI (Ozone Monitoring Instrument) satellite tv for pc.

“The main SO2 emission hotspots in India are Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh, Neyveli and Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Talcher and Jharsuguda in Odisha, Korba in Chhattisgarh, Kutch in Gujarat, Ramagundam in Telangana and Chandrapur and Koradi in Maharashtra.

“The vast majority of plants in India lack flue-gas desulfurization technology to reduce their air pollution,” it had stated. PTI

 



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