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India’s coal dependence is hard to shake off. Here’s why

With the current policies, use of power from emission-releasing coal will fall only by 5% by 2030

October 15, 2021 / 05:15 PM IST
All G7 countries have committed to ending new support for unabated coal-fired power - Image Credit: Pexels

All G7 countries have committed to ending new support for unabated coal-fired power - Image Credit: Pexels

Why all the fuss? Isn’t coal over? Meaning, the supply?

No, irrelevant. Oh, like CD drives. No.

But, aren’t we supposed to reach net-zero emission soon? In 2050, if we want to keep the temperatures below 1.5°C. But that’s a long way off and net-zero emission is not zero fossil fuel. Net-zero emission is when we absorb as much emissions as we let out.

Who decides all of this? The IEA… but not decide, more like set a target for the world to achieve and nudge everyone towards it. That’s the International Energy Agency, an international intergovernmental organisation that has been studying energy trends since 1974.