Opting for coal-based energy ‘wasteful approach’ by govt: IPCC 

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi  

June 28, 2014 Last Updated at 18:28 IST

Emphasising on the need to decarbonise electricity generation, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman R K Pachauri today termed as a “wasteful approach” by the government to opt for coal-based power projects and pressed for the use of renewable and nuclear energy sources to satisfy the country’s power needs. 

“…We would need to decarbonise electricity generation. Renewable energy technologies are an option, nuclear energy could be an option,” he said while speaking about the threat posed to climate by carbon-emitting coal-based power sector. 

Noting that major investment and time goes into coal-based energy generation in the country, Pachauri said by that time 300 million people, who are electricity deprived, can be served power using renewable energy sources. 

Speaking at the United Nations Public Lecture here, he said huge losses are involved in transmission and distribution of electricity generated from coal-based power plants. 

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