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Construction : Power Update | January 2016 | Source : Infrastructure Today

India to go ahead with coal plans after Paris climate deal

India still plans to double coal output by 2020 and to rely on the resource for decades afterwards, a senior official said, days after 190-odd countries agreed to begin reining in rising greenhouse gas emissions.

India, the world´s third-largest carbon emitter, is dependant on coal for about two-thirds of its energy needs and has vowed to mine more of the fuel to power its resource-hungry economy, while also pledging to raise clean energy generation. ¨Our dependence on coal will continue. There are no other alternatives available...Nothing has changed (following the Paris accord),¨ Anil Swarup said.

While India has plans to add 30 times more solar-powered generation capacity by 2022, there are limitations to clean energy and coal would remain the most efficient energy source for decades, he said.

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