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Indian Railways joins national carbon cutting programme

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pIn perhaps the proudest moment for me as a professional the Indian Railways has passed a resolution to formally join the India Greenhouse Gas programme nbspp

pAs a boy I have fond memories of travelling by train and discovering the countryside around mep

pNow I know that very child every citizen of this country can be more confident that his or her journey is helping to create a more healthy and secure future for the countryp

pThe railways consume an enormous amount of energyp

pIn 2013 alone the Indian Railways consumed more than 175 billion KWh of electricity thatrsquos about 17 times of power consumed in the whole of Sri Lankap

pIn addition it also consumed fuel equivalent to about 244 million tonnes of coal in the same period to support its traction and nontraction needsp

pDespite the vast size of the Indian Railways which touches the lives of 23 million passengers a day it has one of the lowest specific energy consumptions in the worldp

pThis is quite commendable For instance India has just 1012 grams of CO2e per capita per annum compared to about 30 gms of CO2e per capita per annump

pIn fact the railways lsquoVision 2020rsquo strategy aims at sourcing 10 of its energy use from renewable sources by the year 2020p

pThis was later enhanced to 20 with a shift in focus to solar energy as compared to wind in the earlier versionp

pThe enhancement plan is to install 500MW of solar power from rooftop solar installations on railway stations administrative buildings and vacant landp

pBuilding internal capacity to address key challenges has always been an important feature of the transition that Railways is making toward a greener futurep

pThe newly formed Environmental Management Cell that closely works with the Rail Ministry and the Railways Board stands testimony to thisp

pNow the Indian Railways will be undertaking a slew of new actions to continue on this low carbon sustainable growth patternp

pThese include new capacity additions improvements in traction energy efficiency and efficient lighting and stations among othersp

pThe India GHG programme whose partnerships span across the private and public sectors will help the railways to track and reduce emissions across their operationsp

pThe programme will build institutional capacity for greenhouse gas management through training programmes tools benchmarking and best practices policy briefings and morep

pIndian Railways also participates in the programmersquos advisory board chaired by Mr Jamshyd Godrej along with other eminent businesses and public sector undertakings like NTPC Limited Indian Oil and GAILp

pAs a part of its initial engagement the railways is leading the work on standardizing carbon emission calculations arising out of rail transport in Indiap

pGiven its mammoth scale of operations I believe that it has an unparalleled ability to influence and bring changep

pIts large appetite for energy if appropriately met could drive an important chapter in Indiarsquos low carbon growth storyp

Author: editor_2