Despite drop in emissions, India still world’s highest sulphur dioxide producer

India’s Sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions declined by near about 6% according to a report from Greenpeace India and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). This is the steepest drop in four years. However, India still stands at the top among emitters for the fifth consecutive year. SO2 increases risk of heart diseases, premature death, risk of stroke and lung cancer. MoEF&CC had introduced SO2 emission limits for coal power stations in 2015, but power plants missed the initial deadline for the installation of FGD units. The new deadline was extended till 2022.

 

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