Replace coal with gas, Pradhan tells mills
Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has asked the mills to work towards the mission of Green Steel and contribute towards mitigating climate change in line with the Government commitment to environment.
In his inaugural address in the ISA Steel Conclave 2019 on 21 Nov 2019, he said “As a responsible nation, we are contributing towards mitigating climate change. We have set an ambitious plan of achieving 450GW capacity of renewable energy.”
Industry must deploy technology, innovation to develop environment friendly processes, he stressed.
The minister said that the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga project in the Eastern India, which can provide gas to all the Steel plants located in the area.
He called on the mills to be environment-friendly and use affordable gas to replace coal.
“World is in midst of industrial revolution 4.0. Big data, digitisation, artificial intelligence are fundamentally changing the economy and society. Even in wake of such large-scale disruptions, steel continues to play an important role in building modern economy,” said Pradhan at the conclave organized by the Indian Steel Association in New Delhi.
On steel consumption, the Minister said “Steel usage in India is set to rise. We have launched a collaborative campaign “Ispati Irada” for brand building to increase appropriate usage of steel in the country.
He highlighted a Rs.100 crore investment proposal for infrastructure, which will involve lot of steel consumption.
“There is no reason, why can’t we be net exporter in steel sector. For our nation to develop, we must promote domestic industry and be a net exporter of steel,” said Pradhan, assuring that the Government will continue to help the industry in overcoming various obstacles.
He called the steel industry to promote localization and do the ‘hand-holding’ for the ancillary sector, urging the industry to think about pooling their resources and developing the common carrier facilities. fiinews.com