Indian Railways has set itself the goal of being a ‘net-zero’ emitter by 2030 by completing the electrification of all railway tracks.
Speaking to the media, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw recently said that all efforts are being made by the Indian Railways to achieve their objectives by assessing the increase in renewable energy and to complete the installation of electricity immediately. “By doing a great job like this, we are looking for a net-zero rail by 2030 and we hope to achieve it,” he said.
Sources said that as of April 2021, approximately 48,881 kilometers of electrified tracks and solar panels on the roof of more than a thousand railway stations with renewable energy reduced carbon emissions. In the freight sector, trains run about 8,479 trains daily. About 2,93,077 freight cars are used to transport goods by rail.
“Once the installation of all routes is completed by 2023-24, trains will not only reduce carbon dioxide, but also save revenue from the thousands of cores used to buy high-speed diesel,” the source said, adding that 76 608 passengers trained passengers, used by trains on well-connected and non-electrified routes.
Sources said the railway has used a multi-sided approach to greening all facilities, from switching on standard lights to LEDs and installing solar panels to meet the demand for non-track works.
“If the railways reach their goal of electrifying all routes by 2024, they will become the world’s largest 100 percent electric railway. ,” said the source.
A 1.7 MW solar power plant has been established in Madhya Pradesh as the first direct solar power plant.
Source: The New Indian Express