Kirti Delhi, India 226 Questions 325 Answers 23 Best Answers 1k Points View Profile Kirti Asked: July 6, 20212021-07-06T00:39:49+05:30 2021-07-06T00:39:49+05:30In: UPSC PRELIMS What are the specific standards for the thermal power plants to control the emissions? What are the specific standards for the thermal power plants to control the emissions? general Share Facebook 1 Answer Recent Rajnish Optimist 146 Questions 256 Answers 236 Best Answers 1k Points View Profile Best Answer Rajnish Optimist 2021-07-10T03:42:14+05:30Added an answer on July 10, 2021 at 3:42 am Specific standards for the thermal power plants to control the emissions: In 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) notified specific standards for the thermal power plants to control the emissions under “Environment (Protection) Amendment Rules, 2015”. As per rough estimates, the 2015 norms can reduce the TPPs’ PM emissions by 35%, SO2 emissions by 80%, and NOx emissions by 42% and reduce their water consumption by nearly a third. The norms provide different mechanisms to reduce the emissions and usage of water such as: Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) process for controlling SOx emissions. Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system for controlling NOx emissions. Electro-Static Precipitators (ESPs) are to be deployed for control of particulate matter (PM) in thermal power stations. Installation of cooling towers in order to change over to a closed cooling water system for controlling water consumption. Need for such standards for power sector: Coal dependent power sector: Coal accounts for 205 GW (56%) of the total installed power generation capacity in the country—and for 77% of the current electricity supply in the country and India needs to ensure that this capacity is made cleaner. High emissions by power plants: Thermal power plants are a source of 60% of industrial particulate matter, 45% of SO2, and 30% of NOx emissions in the country, apart from 80% of mercury as a pollutant. Health impacts: TPPs account for some 80% of India’s industrial emissions of sulfur- and nitrous oxides in India, which cause lung diseases, acid rain, and smog. 0 Reply Share Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Cancel the best answer Leave an answerCancel replyYou must login or register to add a new answer. Related Questions What is E-Waste? Describe Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT).