Environmentally Healthy and Clean India is at the core of the Government’s long term goals, the Minister of State (I//C) Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh said on Tuesday while inaugurating NTPC’s two day conference on Agro Residue and Municipal Solid Waste to Power.
Stating that the intent is to generate power keeping the environment health and contributing to Swachh Bharat, the minister added that social objective is that of a healthier planet and there are costs attached to attain this objective.
“The intent is to design policies so that long-term social goals are met for clean India. Agro residue and municipal solid waste can both be used for power generation, this just need to address the challenges to optimally leverage this process,” he said.
“NTPC has been at the forefront of Agro Residue and Municipal Solid Waste Management, to give the capital and NCR cleaner air. NTPC pro-actively ran a pilot project to use bio- mass for power generation, which proved that bio-mass conversion into power is a viable solution to better air quality. The intent is to generate power while keeping India’s environment healthy while we contribute to the Swachh Bharat programme”, the minister said.
Speaking on the occasion, AK Bhalla, Secretary, Power complemented NTPC for bringing in the spirit of innovation to tackle these issues for a clean environment. He said the conference is an ideal platform for all stakeholders to collate and interact on imperatives and issues facing the sector and use them at power projects on Pan-India basis.
In its effort to curb air pollution, the NTPC had invited tender for procurement of agro residue based biomass pellets. It has been successful in obtaining the commitment for receiving approximately 200 metric tonnes per day of agro residue based fuel at NTPC Dadri. It will generate approximately 150 MU of renewable electricity annually.
NTPC is actively working to find out the solution for Agro residue and Municipal Solid Waste to Power the workshop is deliberating issues amongst policy makers, pellets manufacturers, regulators, financiers and power professionals, waste to energy experts and companies in the field of waste to energy.
Sharing his thoughts on the conference, Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC said, “This initiative was started sometime back when we faced an issue with the city’s air-quality last year in the month of October. Our ministry proactively came out with the policy framework where we worked cohesively to provide a viable solution towards segregating and optimally utilising Agro Residue and other solid -wastes.”
This two-day conference has been organised so as to precipitate issues which are required to be tackled to achieve our triple objective of Clean Air, Swachh Bharat and Employment Generation. Converting Agro Residue and Municipal Solid Waste into Power is the ideal way forward. This initiative will also give a boost to economic activities and opportunities for the MSME sector.
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