India third biggest CO2 emitter in world; NTPC tops list
31 Aug 2008, 1231 hrs IST,PTI
MIAMI: India is the third biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, with state-owned NTPC topping the list of companies belching the deadly gas, according to new data released by a Washington-based think tank which has advocated an "energy revolution" in the country based on solar power.
The Centre for Global Development (CGD) said that India figures at the third position in the list of biggest CO2 emitters through power generation after China and the United States.
When contacted, NTPC officials said in Delhi, "We are among the most efficient producers of power using fossil fuels. NTPC is the second best in the world, emitting only 800 grams of CO2 per kwh of electricity generation."
Out of 638,000,000 tons of CO2 emission by India every year, NTPC alone contributes for 186,000,000 tons which constitutes about 30 per cent of the total gas release, the data revealed and Talcher power plant in Orissa operated by the company has the notoriety of emitting the biggest quantity of CO2.
As many as 16 power plants, operated by NTPC, one of the Navratna companies of India, are in CGD's "Red Alert" category for spewing out the deadly gas in the country.
The findings, part of a recent report by CGD on "China surpassing the US as the world's biggest emitter of CO2 from power generation", also name Russia, Germany, Japan, UK, Australia, South Africa, and South Korea among the world's top-ten power sector emitter in absolute terms.
India third biggest CO2 emitter in world; NTPC tops list-Pollution-Earth-The Times of India