A worker carries a basket of charcoal at wholesale market in Mumbai, India. India, the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, still relies on coal for about 70 per cent of electricity generation. Photo: Bloomberg
A worker carries a basket of charcoal at wholesale market in Mumbai, India. India, the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, still relies on coal for about 70 per cent of electricity generation. Photo: Bloomberg

India’s coal crunch is a bad sign for its economy, and the world’s climate change battle

  • Acute shortage of the fuel threatens to undermine the economy’s rebound from Covid-19, as industries must cut down on use or splash out on imports
  • It also highlights the dependence on dirty fuel of the world’s third-largest carbon emitter, which is yet to commit to net zero, even as the COP26 summit looms

A worker carries a basket of charcoal at wholesale market in Mumbai, India. India, the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, still relies on coal for about 70 per cent of electricity generation. Photo: Bloomberg
A worker carries a basket of charcoal at wholesale market in Mumbai, India. India, the third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, still relies on coal for about 70 per cent of electricity generation. Photo: Bloomberg
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