India races to double coal output by 2020

India is opening new coal mine every month in attempt to double coal output by 2020 as dirty emissions blow east affecting global warning

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A labourer carries coal in a basket to load it in a truck at a coal store in India on October 25, 2010

The coal mining industry has been booming in India, where a new mine is opened every month in an attempt to double the coal output by 2020, as dirty emissions blow east, making the country world’s third-largest polluter.

India has been increasingly looking to coal to power its economy and feed its growing energy demands, like many other Asian countries.

Officials in India’s Coal Ministry said that despite a push for renewable energy sources, coal would continue to win out.

Leading emitters, including China, the United States and India have agreed to start cutting greenhouse gases over the next 15 years.

The topic will be discussed by some 200 nations attending the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Paris later in December.

However, renewable energy sources may not be able compete with coal, which provides cheap energy and creates jobs in countries like India.

Indian Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Sunday defended India’s usage of coal as its primary source of energy and called on developed countries to contribute more in capping emissions to prevent the planet from global warming.

Ahead of the Paris climate summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that New Delhi would do its best to protect the environment.

France and India launched an international solar alliance in an attempt to bring clean and affordable solar energy within the reach of all.

Solar energy is an efficient way to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

TRTWorld and agencies