India seeks cutting-edge technology to reduce industrial emissions

RH Desk, September 14

The Indian government has sought global help for new technology to enable it to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from furnace stack gases and route it for fertilizer production in the country, according to a media report on Wednesday.

The latest technology, if and when implemented, would help India to achieve its climate change goals and help the industrial sector to reduce hazardous emissions.

Engineers India Limited (EIL), under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, this month invited Expression Of Interest (EOI) from Indian and global companies for Carbon Capture technology from Furnace Stack Gases used in combustion plants.

“With the increasing initiatives for de-carbonization to fight against global warming, several routes of Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) are emerging as a potential way. These play a critical role in this sustainable transformation of modern industry and economy to fight against climate change,” reads the government notification issued last week.

The ability to avoid carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at their source industry is the basis for prospering societies and central to economic development, it further reads.

The notification, as first reported by an Indian news channel has been issued at a time when  India submitted its updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) committing to a net-zero emission target of 2070.

The technology, which has been sought under this program allows fossil-fuel-based heavy industries like iron, steel, and cement companies to capture carbon dioxide emitted from the point-source, such as the flue of a gas-fired power plant, and inject it into geological reservoirs or convert into valuable chemicals like fertilizers for industrial use.

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