Opinion: Burning More Coal To Cut Pollution – India’s Distressing Dilemma


Opinion: Burning More Coal To Cut Pollution – India’s Distressing Dilemma

When burning more coal becomes your solution to pollution choking your capital city, it really is time to reassess your policy positions.

India’s New Delhi banned the burning of petroleum coke on Nov. 1, part of measures aimed at curbing air pollution, which last week reached 10 times the recommended limits.

Petroleum coke, known as petcoke, is a by-product of oil refining and contains more energy per kilogramme than most types of mineral coal. In India it’s mainly used in industrial processes, such as making dyes.

The problem is that while it is more energy-rich, it also releases more carbon dioxide than coal, as well as pollutants such as sulphur oxides, which can cause lung disease and acid rain. Read More…

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