The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will support the Indian Railways with technical research work and capacity building for the development of renewable energy projects as the latter targets net-zero by 2030.
It recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with REMC Limited, a joint venture of the Ministry of Railways and RITES Limited, on this collaboration.
The two organizations aim to collaborate on areas related to green building, performance audits, energy efficiency projects, research related to the net-zero target of Indian Railways, and renewable energy-related projects. The effort would also be to build the capacities of the railway professionals in the field of sustainability and technical know-how.
Indian Railways is the nation’s largest electricity consumer, accounting for 2.4% of total consumption. It is also the third largest high-speed diesel user, with 2.6 billion liters consumed annually.
The Railways aims to electrify all routes by 2023 to avoid diesel consumption. And it plans to install 20 GW of solar capacity over its vacant land to meet all of its energy needs by 2030 through solar power.
REMCL is one of the primary agencies for implementing the Indian Railways’ vision of achieving a net-zero carbon emission target by exploring wind and solar opportunities for Indian Railways.
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