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New Delhi: The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (P&NG) has constituted an Energy Transition Advisory Committee (ETAC) to lay down the policy framework for moving the country and the economy from fossil fuels to clean energy.
This step has been long overdue to enable the country to meet its net carbon emission commitment under the Paris Accord. Under the Accord, India is committed to ensuring net-zero carbon emission by 2070.
The Committee, to be headed by former petroleum secretary Tarun Kapoor, is tasked to prepare a comprehensive step-by-step plan for complete transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy.
It is given six months to prepare and submit the report. Besides Kapoor, the committee will be composed of officials familiar with the oil and gas sector.
It will have a JSlevel officer from the MoP&NG, besides officials not below the rank of executive director from IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, ONGC, OIL, GAIL & EIL. Nominee from IOCL shall function as Member-Secretary of the Committee and secretarial assistance, etc., shall be provided by IOCL.
The Committee may co-opt experts in the areas of the energy transition as members or to provide assistance as invitees. It’s not clear why experts of the coal industry are not included for appointment to the committee.
Since coal-based thermal power plants are known to be one of the greatest carbon emitters, it would have been appropriate to include them.