Reacting to a report citing India will need no coal-based power plant after 2025, the World Coal Association (WCA) said it is not credible to suggest that the country can achieve universal energy access and develop its economy without coal in the next 10 years, regardless of the country's investment in renewables.
WCA Chief Executive Officer Benjamin Sporton said, 'India's energy needs are too huge for any suggestion that it will not need coal in the future. In a country where 244 million have no electricity and 819 million no access to clean cooking facilities, it is impossible to find a solution without coal being part of the energy mix. Coal is essential to global efforts to achieving universal energy access.'
WCA said that for a country like India, it's not a choice between coal and renewables - both are needed and both will play a big role.