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India passes emission norms for Coal Power Plants

During 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has issued a draft notification that sets new standards for emission and water consumption for coal-based thermal power sector in India. As per the new standards, thermal power plants are expected to cut particulate emissions from new plants by 25%, SO2 emissions by 90%, NOx emissions by 70% and mercury emissions by 75% compared with the existing state-of-the-art plants. Those plants that were established after 2003 will need to meet slightly lower standards, while plants older than 2003 will be required to meet more relaxed norms. As per Government estimates, the various sources of power in India & their relative share are as follows- Coal (54.8%), Gas Based (9.75%), Oil Based (0.66%), Hydro (21%), Nuclear (2.63%) and Others like wind & biomass (11.1%)