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Assessing the current practice and policy with recommendations for emission control strategy for coal-fired thermal power plants under Indian regulatory framework emphasizing the roles of R&D: Pollution control technologies should control more than a sing
Published in John Wiley and Sons Inc.
2017
Volume: 27
   
Issue: 1
Pages: 49 - 55
Abstract
On December 7, 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India (GoI), promulgated stack emission standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), and mercury (Hg) from coal-fired thermal power plants (TPPs). These standards were promulgated in addition to tightening the emission standard for particulate matter. Thus far, the GoI and a non-governmental organization (NGO) have recommended the use of limestone-based flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) technology for removing only SO2 emissions, which would then require the application of additional technologies to remove the other regulated pollutants. A single technology, such as the Multi-pollutants Control Technology (MPCT), which was recently developed elsewhere in the world and can remove all of the pollutants from the TPP, could be more economical than introducing separate technologies for the removal of each pollutant. Furthermore, unlike the limestone-based FGD technology, which generates carbon dioxide (CO2) during the desulfurization process, the MPCT does not increase power plant CO2 emissions. Water consumption is also lower in MPCT than with the limestone-based FGD technology. Thus, MPCT offers a lower carbon footprint as well as a lower water footprint than the limestone-based FGD technology in accordance with the United Nations Environmental Programme's Sustainable Development Goals. In light of these observations, this article aims to assess current practices and policies and offers policy recommendations for Indian TPPs with the goal of providing a cogent technological solution that also strengthens the Decision Support System for the holistic protection of the Indian environment. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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JournalData powered by TypesetEnvironmental Quality Management
PublisherData powered by TypesetJohn Wiley and Sons Inc.
ISSN1088-1913
Open AccessNo