Does India have a right to burn fossil fuels?

Relevance: Why India doesn’t need to depend on coal for its future development? News: In the backdrop of COP26, India’s dependence on coal has remained a much talked about issue. Fossil fuel sources like coal have contributed significantly to global carbon emissions. But, neither India’s historical nor its current emissions come anywhere near to those… Continue reading Does India have a right to burn fossil fuels?

UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

What is the news? UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recently released the Production Gap Report (PGR). The released document is the 3rd assessment of the production gap report. This report highlights the discrepancy between countries’ planned fossil fuel production levels and the global levels necessary to limit warming to 1.5°C. About the Production Gap Report… Continue reading UNEP production gap report: Net-zero targets by countries are empty pledges without plans

Reform fuel pricing

Synopsis: Govt must follow a transparent fuel pricing mechanism. Introduction The government’s approval of the full privatisation of Air India has raised expectations that the disinvestment of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) may be carried out effectively and as planned before the end of this financial year Yet there are broader questions about the management… Continue reading Reform fuel pricing

India’s difficult transition from fossil fuels to net-zero emissions

Synopsis: India faces many challenges in reducing dependence on coal and oil but the greater use of gas in our energy mix could ease the way. Introduction The coal crisis has forced the Indian government to ramp up domestic production and imports of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, while the world focuses on net-zero carbon… Continue reading India’s difficult transition from fossil fuels to net-zero emissions

The need of systems that’ll help tackle a crisis rather than deny it

Synopsis: There is a frequent economic crisis in India like coal, onion, petrol, etc. This needs immediate attention for preventing it. Introduction India has a history of economic crisis. For instance, In 2006-07, India had a wheat crisis, onion and tomato crisis appeared almost every year. The prices increase in horticulture directly impacts the Consumer… Continue reading The need of systems that’ll help tackle a crisis rather than deny it

Coal India, the fall guy for power crisis

Synopsis: Instead of blaming Coal India, there is a need to recognize its efforts to meet the demand for coal, and its help in generating power at affordable tariffs. Introduction The post-Covid economic recovery has led to a major increase in the demand for power, both in India and globally. India’s coal-based power plants are… Continue reading Coal India, the fall guy for power crisis

Power Ministry asks thermal units to import coal for minimum 10% blending

Synopsis: The present problems in the coal sector need a long-term solution to avoid such issues in future. Introduction To meet the increased power demand in the country, the Centre has asked thermal power generators to import coal for at least 10% blending, citing a shortage of domestic coal supply. This is a sharp reversal of its earlier directive of… Continue reading Power Ministry asks thermal units to import coal for minimum 10% blending

The great hubris that lay behind the Great Moderation and Reset

Synopsis: Faulty assumptions of rosy economic scenarios have resulted in an energy crisis. Introduction Post-covid, there has been talk of a great reset. It has many elements. Important among them is green growth, an effort to decarbonize the world and attain net zero carbon dioxide emissions. For instance, The International Energy Agency (IEA), in a… Continue reading The great hubris that lay behind the Great Moderation and Reset

Coal’s problems are governance, not climate regulation

Synopsis: The recent power shortage crisis in India is not about coal, and neither it is about climate action. It’s about poor governance. Introduction It is the worst news possible for a world struggling to recover from a pandemic while also trying to increase its effort to combat climate change: Power shortages in China and… Continue reading Coal’s problems are governance, not climate regulation

Staying the Green Course

Synopsis: In CoP 26, world leaders need to discuss how best governments can help each other stay on the “green” course and also manage shorter-term political compulsions. What is the current scenario? Rise in price of natural gas: The price of natural gas in Europe has shot up by approximately 600 per cent over the… Continue reading Staying the Green Course