New Delhi: On the occasion of World Environment Day, Government of Gujarat has said that there has been a steady decline in the carbon emission, generated through thermal power, in the state in the last 5 years. The reason behind this achievement is promotion of renewable energy by the state government. At present, Gujarat ranks second in the country in terms of installed capacity of renewable energy.
Increase in installed capacity of renewable energy helped reducing carbon emissions
The growing installed capacity of renewable energy in Gujarat has directly impacted the environment and carbon emission in the state has seen reduction by a whooping 115% more as compared to 2017. The reduction in carbon emission through renewable energy in Gujarat was 12.08 million tonnes in the year 2017-18, which has increased to 26.01 million tonnes in the year 2021-22.
This way, Gujarat has been successful in reducing total carbon emission of 90.09 million tonnes through renewable energy in the last 5 years. It is to be noted that coal is heavily used in conventional electricity generation process, due to which carbon emission is also very high in this whole process.
Renewable energy is replacing conventional mode of producing electricity
Due to the higher increase in installed capacity of renewable energy, the dependence on conventional mode of power generation gets reduced. The share of renewable energy (along with hydro energy) was 29% with 8,065 MW installed capacity of power generation in Gujarat in the year 2017-18. Now, in the year 2022, the share of renewable energy has increased to 42% with the contribution of 17,367 MW to the installed capacity of electricity generation.
It is clear from the above statistics that in the last 5 years, the progressive increase in installed capacity of renewable energy has replaced energy units made by conventional proccess with renewable energy. These statistics show that Gujarat is not only meeting its growing demand of energy with renewable energy, but by doing so, it is also increasing its contribution in improving the environment.
While talking about the contribution of Department of Energy towards environment protection on the occasion of World Environment Day, Ms. Shailja Vachhrajani, GM (RE & IPP), GUVNL, said, “We are striving to meet our growing energy demands with renewable energy. Our efforts have also significantly contributed in improving the environment. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel has instructed the departments that we should ensure that Gujarat contributes the most in Hon’ble Prime Minister’s resolve to make India 0% carbon emission country by 2070.”
Aim is to reduce carbon emission to 139 million tonnes in the year 2030
The Energy Department has set a target of reduction in carbon emission generated through energy production to 139 million tonnes by 2030. For this, the state government will increase the installed capacity of renewable energy to 68,000 MW by the year 2030.