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Centre Introduces Energy Conservation Bill In Rajya Sabha

The bill also validates the need to help the nation in accomplishing its international commitments to climate change

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To promote the use of non-fossil fuels, including ethanol, green hydrogen and biomass, Centre introduced the Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill 2022 in Rajya Sabha for progression on Thursday. 

The bill also validates the need to help the nation in accomplishing its international commitments to climate change

Talking about the bill, Power Minister R K Singh said that the country is working towards reducing emissions. However, the per capita emissions are nearly one-third of the international average.

Notably, the bill was cleared in Lok Sabha in August. 

Talking about the bill, Singh said that the country is working towards reducing emissions. However, the per capita emissions are nearly one-third of the international average.

Singh mentioned that India’s contribution is just 3.4 per cent of total global carbon dioxide emissions, though we account for 17.5 per cent of the total population. 

He added that the initiation of the non-fossil fuel power generation capacity of our country is around 408 Giga Watt (42 per cent of total capacity). 

He also shared the details including the steel and cement manufacturing sectors which account for 60 per cent of emissions. 

"We have changed our way of generating electricity but to remain a leader in climate action, the centre has carried forward amendments in the legislation," Singh said.

Talking about petroleum refining, he shared that hydrogen is drawn from natural gas. 

“The idea is to make green hydrogen by ourselves,” Singh mentioned.

The bill also seeks to bring up concepts like carbon trading and to mandate the usage of non-fossil sources to enhance the degree of decarbonisation of the Indian economy which will help to achieve sustainable development goals in pipe with the Paris Agreement.