To reduce its carbon footprint, Coal India Ltd (CIL) has put special thrust on energy efficiency measures and is forging ahead with a series of measures to offset carbon emission in mining operation in all its coal producing companies. CIL has also drawn an ambitious 5-year plan of carbon offset in different fields of its operation, a PIB release said
The key focus is on replacing the huge fleet of Heavy Earth Moving Machines (HEMM) running either by CIL departmentally or contractually on diesel consumption with LNG. This will be a major breakthrough in not only cutting down cost, but will also reduce carbon emission. CIL has taken initiatives to go for Pilot Project in collaboration with GAIL in some mine sites of CIL before starting bulk use of LNG. GAIL will establish LNG storage and dispensing system, arrange transport of LNG from terminal to mine site and will arrange KIT and retrofitting. BEML will provide all technical assistance. The performance of Dumper and engine will be monitored and studied during the entire pilot period in collaboration with Cummins.
Another important addition will be the introduction of around 1500 E-Vehicle in all mining areas of CIL over a period of next five years. Around 200 E-Vehicles alone will be put in operation by the end of this year.
Pumping of water in both opencast & underground mines is done on a large scale through orthodox equipment which results in more energy consumption. CIL will be introducing around 1700 energy efficient motors for pumps in all its mining operations.
On implementation of aforementioned energy efficiency measures, CIL has envisaged to create a carbon offset of around 2.5 lakh tonnes in next five years. With active implementation on all the above fronts, CIL is committed to achieve a carbon offset of more than 60,000 tonnes by end of this year.