World’s highest consumer of petroleum coke bans its import
Indiais the biggest consumer of ‘petcoke’ in the world, consuming 27 million annually.
- Due to the drastic increase in
air pollutionlevels, the government has decided to banthe import of petcoketo be used as fuel.
- But, there are still domestic producers of petcoke in India like Indian Oil Corp,
Reliance Industriesand Bharat PetroleumCorp.
That being said, the import of petcoke for use as fuel is being banned nationwide. There are pockets that can still use shipments that are intended to be used as feedstock in other industries. With 14 of the world’s most polluted cities in the world being in India, its a welcome initiative.
The plans to implement such a measure have been in the work since the Supreme Court’s order in October last year that specifically banned the burning of petcoke in the national capital region of New Delhi, the most polluted city in the world according to WHO.
Most of the petcoke comes from the US, where oil
All said and done, there’s still a loophole. The ban is specifically on
What do the numbers say?
According to the Environmental Pollution Control Authority, petcoke produces nearly 17 times more sulfur than the limit that is in place for burning coal. And, in comparison to diesel, it is a whopping 1,380 times worse.
In a country where 1.1 million people die due to ‘outdoor’ air pollution, being the dumping ground for the rest of the world isn’t a strategy that is saving on costs, the environment...or anything for that matter.
India has enough problems with seasonal crop burning exercises and forests of cement, and petcoke is a problem that can easily be negated from the equation. And, it has been, partially anyway. The industries that are still allowed to use the product will be using it in its actual condition. No burning, hence, no pollution in the air.