Debate heats up over pollution from burning coal, wood and dung
Debate heats up over pollution from burning coal, wood and dung Mike Curtain, Rio Tinto Coal Australia

Conservation group says coal pollution will kill in India

THE INDIAN group trying to stop a Galilee Basin coal mine development claims burning its coal will increase Indian deaths.

But miner Adani disputes the claim and states coal will produce less pollution than burning wood and dung, which is currently widespread in India.

Indian group Conservation Action Trust, who have taken Adani to court to stop the Carmichael mine, released a report claiming coal would increase "premature death" to 229,500 by 2030.

CAT executive director Debi Goenka said coal's pollution could be seen in China's development.

"India's planned coal expansion will be deadly," Mr Goenka said.

"We've seen the catastrophic levels of air pollution in China, it's time for a wake-up call for policy-makers in Delhi."

The report said the increase in coal power generation would "seriously harm the health of the Indian rural poor"; the basis for CAT's legal challenge.

But an Adani spokesman said CAT's models were flawed, and Indians were exposing themselves to far worse pollution.

"The claims by India's CAT concerning the important role coal plays in providing energy security in India are unfortunate," he said.

"At the heart of CAT's claim lies a comparison to the rollout of thermal coal generation capacity in then emerging Asian economies such as China over the recent decades.

"Adani's … well-advanced plans to deliver power to those that lack it is underpinned by the rollout of supercritical technology that burns less fuel more efficiently, and with substantially reduced emissions, compared to legacy infrastructure utilised elsewhere, including in most parts of Australia."

The spokesman said a US Energy Administration report showed two-thirds of Indians were burning biomass fuels for cooking and heating.

- APN NEWSDESK



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