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Indian Ports Embark on Green Journey: All Inland Waterways to be fully Renewable by 2029

7 Mar 2024

The Indian government has set an ambitious target to transform the country's inland waterways into a green haven within the next five years.

Here's a breakdown of the key developments:

Going Green by 2029:

  • The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways aims to make all coastal and river ports in inland waterways 100% reliant on renewable energy by 2029.

  • This initiative aligns with the Amrit Kaal plan, a vision document outlining India's path to becoming a clean energy leader by 2047.

Leading by Example:

  • Several ports, including VO Chidambaranar Port (TN), Deendayal Port Authority (Gujarat), Visakhapatnam Port, and Jawaharlal Nehru Port (Maharashtra), are already utilizing renewable energy for their operations.

Green Hydrogen Push:

  • The government is actively promoting green hydrogen as a future fuel source for the shipping industry.

  • Three ports – Kandla (Gujarat), Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu), and Paradip (Odisha) – have been identified as pilot locations for green hydrogen production.

Upgrading Existing Infrastructure:

  • The Shipping Corporation of India has received a grant of ₹80 crore to retrofit older ships to make them compatible with methanol fuel, a cleaner alternative.

Overall, this initiative signifies a significant commitment from the Indian government to promote sustainable practices in the maritime sector. By transitioning to renewable energy and exploring green hydrogen solutions, India is paving the way for a cleaner and more environmentally friendly future for its waterways.

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