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Coal in India: time for a verdict

Price : Rs.1200/-

457 Pages

Coal in India: time for a verdict is not a prophecy of doom but a call for action. It is the product of exhaustive research, analyses (more than 150 tables and more than 450 references), and innovative approaches. The volume examines coal (which is currently the mainstay of our economy) as a resource for power generation, when coal production will peak in India, the environmental risks of unbridled coal mining, the macroeconomic constraints of continued imports, and other potential risks of continued dependence on coal, among many other vital issues. The findings suggest peaking of domestic coal production around 2031/32. Hence a viable alternative, namely transition to a sustainable electricity system, and a road map for the same, are suggested. The book articulates a clear and long-term policy commitment to temper and eventually phase out coal-based generation, a gradual and planned increase in the targets for the mandatory share of renewables-based electricity in the long term, and measures to ensure enactment of coherent policies to facilitate this change of path, so that long-term economic development is not compromised.

Aiming to acquaint economists with resource limits and mine engineering, engineers with sustainability and economics, and policymakers with futuristic planning and best global practices, Coal in India: time for a verdict is for all those who care about a sustainable future—and who doesn’t?


  • Global coal reserves and use: an analysis
  • Coal reserves: how much and for how long
  • External securitization of coal supplies: (potential and risks)
  • Future of coal in India’s electricity sector
  • Impacts of coal mining, processing, and combustion on the environment and people
  • Impacts of proposed coal-based generation on climate
  • The economics of coal-based electricity in India
  • Risk to balance of payments from a (fossil-fuel-led growth strategy)
  • Risk analysis of a coal-based power generation strategy
  • Alternative to coal
  • The sustainable alternative: 75% green power by 2050
  • Comparing the benefits of renewable-energy-based and coal-based electricity
  • Dissonance in policies and pronouncements: multiple sectors, multiple players
  • Conclusion