Glimpses of 5th RTC on Coal

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MGMI, Delhi Chapter (DC), India Energy Forum and Indian School of Mines Alumni Association (DC) have been organising Round Table Conferences on Coal biannually to deliberate upon burning topics of the coal industry since year 2007. In view of the historic developments in the Industry that have taken place in last few months and others that are in the offing they have decided to organise the 5th Round Table with “Energising Coal Sectorthe Eco-friendly Way” as the theme on 30th October, 2015 at Hotel Le-Meridien, New Delhi.

Power generation in India will remain heavily dependent on Coal for the coming many decades despite ambitious plans to increase power generation from Renewable sources like Hydro, Nuclear, Wind and Solar. It is projected that about 52 percent of the total power generation in 2031-32 will remain coal-based which is only marginally lower than the current level of 57percent.

Despite our Country being blessed with huge Coal Resources, Coal production is falling short of demand due to operational constraints on various counts such as Environmental and Forest clearances, Land acquisition and related Resettlement and Rehabilitation issues, Law and Order problems and inadequate Coal Evacuation facilities. Large no of coal -based power plants are ready for commissioning but have no firm linkage or defined source of coal supply and therefore have to depend upon Import of costlier Coal.

An important factor which is standing in the way of expeditious Development of new Mines and Expansion of working ones is the growing perception that increased usage of Coal is the primary reason for “Climate Change”. The Industry has taken due note of this and has been devising ways and means for making Mining as well as Utilisation of coal more environmentfriendly. The theme for the Round Table Conference has been selected with this as the basis.

The Conference aims at holding meaningful and constructive deliberations and evolving workable solutions for minimising environmental damage from Mining & Utilisation of Coal. These will be submitted to the policy makers of the country for their consideration.

Considering the importance of the theme, a High–powered Organising Committee has been formed under the Chairmanship of Chairman, Coal India Ltd. with members drawn from different organisations which are stake-holders in the Energy Sector.

Organised By
India Energy Forum