Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday introduced a brand new goal of creating India an ‘Energy Independent’ nation by the point the nation reaches 100 years of India’s independence, in 2047.

Addressing the nation from the Red Fort in the course of the annual Independence Day handle, Modi lamented that India will not be power impartial at this time. “India today spends more than Rs 12 trillion annually on energy import. For India’s progress, the country’s energy independence is the need of the hour–necessary to make a self-reliant India. Therefore, today India has to take a resolution that will become energy independent before the completion of 100 years of independence and for this our roadmap is very clear,” he stated.

PM Modi’s feedback come a number of months earlier than the nation is predicted to overlook an earlier purpose that he had set of a ten per cent minimize in crude oil import dependence by 2022. This was introduced in 2015. But this goal is way from being achieved and the county’s import reliance has solely risen. Instead of reducing imports by 10 per cent, its proportion has continued to rise from 2015. Annual home crude oil output has fallen to under 30 million tonnes (mt) and whole import has risen to 226 mt. When Modi had given his earlier import discount name, home crude oil manufacturing in 2015-16 stood at 35.5 mt and has fallen to 29.1 mt in 2020-21.

While stressing on this new goal, Modi stated that there’s a roadmap for it charted out. “Be it a gas-based economy, a network of Compressed Natural Gas, Piped Natural Gas across the country, a target of 20 percent ethanol blending, India is moving ahead with a set goal.”

Highlighting the position of the Indian Railways in these import discount plans, Modi stated, “The work on 100 per cent electrification of Railways is also progressing at a fast pace. Indian Railways has set a target of becoming Net Zero Carbon Emitter by 2030.”

Around 45,881 Route kilometers (RKM) or 71 per cent of the whole Broad-Gauge (BG) community of Indian Railways (64,689 RKM, together with Konkan Railway) has been electrified by March 31, 2021. The Central Organisation for Railway Electrification plans to impress all BG routes of Indian Railway by December 2023. The Indian Railways plans to attain its Net Zero Carbon emitter goal via a mixture of electrification, enhancing power effectivity of locomotives and trains and stuck installations, inexperienced certification for installations and stations, becoming bio bathrooms in coaches and switching to renewable sources of power.

PM Modi additionally batted for growing the usage of Green Hydrogen as a cleaner various gasoline. He aimed for India to turn out to be a worldwide hub for a similar. “There is the biggest goal in that which is going to give quantum jump to India in the field of climate, that is the area of Green Hydrogen. To achieve the goal of Green Hydrogen, I am announcing the National Hydrogen Mission today. We have to make India a global hub for production and export of Green Hydrogen.”

Modi had introduced the launch of a National Hydrogen Energy Mission in November 2020 too. This was additionally reiterated within the Union Budget 2021-2022 by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.

Earlier this month, the Indian Railways stated it has begun work on Hydrogen powered trains. seeks NTPC additionally sought proposals to arrange a Pilot Project on Hydrogen Blending with Natural Gas throughout India’s City Gas Distribution (CGD) Network. Indian Oil Corporation, that has been working since early 2000s to discover the usage of Hydrogen, is gearing to make clean-Hydrogen run autos in 2022.

In the personal sector, US-headquartered Chart Industries and India’s Reliance Industries introduced in April this 12 months that they are going to be collectively heading a brand new business physique referred to as India H2 Alliance (IH2A) centered on commercializing hydrogen applied sciences and programs to construct net-zero carbon pathways in India. In June, JSW Steel, CSIR-National Chemical Lab (CSIR-NCL) and the Scottish Development International (SDI) additionally joined the IH2A. All of those stated they are going to be working with the Indian authorities to construct the hydrogen financial system and provide chain within the nation.

In a press release, renewable energy-focused ACME Group additionally stated that it has lately commissioned the world’s first built-in commercial-scale pilot plant for Green hydrogen manufacturing in Rajasthan.


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