India to meet 60% of the power demand of major ports from renewables

India aims to meet 60 percent of the power demand at major ports through solar, and wind power, said union minister for ports, shipping, and waterways, Sarbananda Sonwal, virtually addressing the high-level session on IMO-Norway Green Voyage 2050 Project.

 Currently, renewables meet less than 10 percent of the power demand at the ports. He said 50 per cent of port equipment would be electrified by 2030. All ports would supply shore power to visiting ships in a three-phased manner by 2030. The ports aim to reduce carbon emissions/ton of cargo handled by 30 per cent by 2030.

The minister said, India has always extended support to International Maritime Organization (IMO’s) work towards the reduction of Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from shipping by being part of the GloMEEP (Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships) project earlier and now Green Voyage.

He said India is on the path to a low carbon economy and shipping. The Maritime Vision Document is a 10- Year blueprint on India’s vision of a sustainable Maritime sector and vibrant blue economy. 

He informed that India has been selected as the first country under the IMO Green Voyage 2050 project for the conduct of a pilot project related to Green Shipping.

India will implement IMO -energy efficiency requirements for ships and carbon intensity requirements on all its coastal or international vessels to help achieve IMO GHG reduction targets.

India’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) under the Paris Agreement for 2021-2030 includes reducing the emissions intensity of its gross domestic product by 33 percent -35percent by 2030. The NDC aims to achieve 40 percent cumulative power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030 through the transfer of technology and low-cost international finance.

India is already supplying shore power to ships with power demand less than 150 KW at present and targeting to supply shore power to all visiting ships. The country is already working actively at the Marine Environmental Protection Committee of IMO to help devise acceptable regulatory requirements for GHG emission reduction in line with IMO GHG initial strategy.

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