Nuclear power sector saves 41mn tonnes of carbon emissions annually: Govt

India’s nuclear power sector is saving 41 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually, compared to emissions that would have been generated by equivalent electricity generation from coal-based thermal power plants, Union Minister Jitendra Singh informed Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
In a written reply, Singh said as part of low carbon development of electricity systems consistent with enhanced development benefits, the government was exploring a significantly greater role for nuclear power.
Nuclear power currently comprises three per cent of India’s total electricity generation, Singh said, adding that sufficient production and share of atomic energy was essential for ensuring the country’s energy security. Current policy targets a three-fold rise in nuclear installed capacity by 2032, said Singh, who is in-charge of the Department of Atomic Energy.
He said nuclear energy can be considered for delivering base load power free of intermittency in place of energy from fossil fuels. Singh said the present installed nuclear power capacity is set to increase from 6,780 MW to 22,480 MW by 2031 on progressive completion of projects under construction and accorded sanction.

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