Net Zero? India Plans to DOUBLE Coal Consumption by 2040
Essay by Eric Worrall
As the USA and Europe retreat from prosperity, India seems determined to overtake China, with a
1) 400-million-metric ton boost to coal production in the next TWO years, plus
2) Massive relaxation of environmental rules and other incentives to boost coal mining and industry.
India relaxes environment rules for coal mines, citing heatwaves
India has relaxed environmental compliance rules for coal mines seeking to ramp up production as power outages exacerbate a sweltering heatwave, a government notice showed.
In a letter dated May 7, 2022, seen by AFP, the Environment Ministry said, it has allowed a “special dispensation” to the Ministry of Coal to relax certain requirements—like public consultations—so mines could operate at increased capacities.
The relaxation comes after it received a request from the Ministry of Coal “stating that there is huge pressure on domestic coal supply in the country, and all efforts are being made to meet the demand of coal for all sectors”.
Most of its needs are met by domestic producers, with a record 777 million metric ton mined in the fiscal year to the end of March.
The shortfall is imported from countries, such as Russia, Indonesia, Australia and South Africa.
The government says, it plans to increase domestic coal production to 1.2 billion metric ton in the next two years to support a post-COVID pandemic economic recovery.
Despite a commitment to increase its renewable energy capacity to 175 gigawatts by 2022 and 500 gigawatts by 2030, Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi said Friday, May 13, 2022, India’s coal needs are set to double by 2040.
What can I say RIP Net-Zero
Fortunately, there is no reason to go to Net Zero.
There is no need to reduce a benign gas, which is essential for life, like CO2.
India is not quite stupid enough to go solar, because it cannot afford solar, and it prefers to have electricity at night when the sun is not shining, because it certainly cannot afford batteries to provide electricity while the sun is sleeping.
BATTERY SYSTEM CAPITAL COSTS, OPERATING COSTS, ENERGY LOSSES, AND AGING
The Guardian failed to mention India’s growing coal, oil and gas imports from Russia, AT A DISCOUNT.…and Europe’s growing imports of coal, oil and gas from countries other than Russia AT A PREMIUM.
China’s coal burn is over 4 billion metric ton per year to 2040, way beyond India’s stated goals.
What we need to aim at is Net-Zero Loonies raving about Global Warming/Climate Change.
India will lead the way, with China following close behind.
The UK managed to mine 4.5 million metric ton and imported 4.5 million metric ton