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Coal is all about energy security: Piyush Goyal

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New Delhi | Friday, Mar 18 2016 IST
Stating that India has reserves of coal which needs to be tapped to provide energy to its people and propel its development, Minister for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal asserted that the government is committed to using coal cleanly and sustainably.Addressing an international conference 'Coal-based Power: Confronting the Environmental Challenges' here yesterday, Mr Goyal said India and other emerging economies needed a "pragmatic approach, with practical doable ideas, to contest the environmental problems". The coal-based power sector is in the midst of a major transition across the world. Since it will remain central to energy requirements in the foreseeable future, its significant environmental impacts need to be urgently addressed. He said that one of the actions that his Ministry had taken was to instruct all coal-fired power plants located along the banks of the Ganga to use only recycled water.Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) director general Sunita Narain said, "For nations like India which were struggling with acute energy poverty, coal is a necessity. While these nations must move eventually towards a new, cleaner renewable-based energy future, coal-based power but one which was as clean as possible is needed in the interim to alleviate the energy poverty".Addressing the occasion, Ashok Lavasa, secretary Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change,said, "This is not a case for coal, but one for meeting the power demands of the people of this country. What we need to do is use the best technology available for sourcing energy from coal, so that the adverse consequences on environment are significantly reduced."More UNI RBE SV 1102

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