Indian Oil Corporation targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2046.



Aug 25, 2022 07:00 pm

Indian Oil Corporation, under its net zero aim will target Scope 1 and 2 emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2046. For the same the company has a budget of 2 trillion rupees ($25 billion).


Shrikant Madhav Vaidya the chairman of the company announced the same today as they plan ahead to achieve 60% of the goal through mitigation and the rest via offsets, including buying carbon credits.


Vaidya mentioned further that the overall emissions at its refineries and petrochemical units will start falling after 2030.


Indian Oil will spend 5.77 billion rupees on research on green products and fuel cells, Vaidya said. The refiner has started working on hydrogen production by gasifying biomass and expects to have a trial plant with a capacity of 1 ton a day ready by the end of the year, he said.


The refiner’s plan compares with India’s national goal of reaching net zero by 2070. The world’s third-largest emitter announced the target at COP26 at Glasgow late last year, spurring a series of policy changes to encourage decarbonization of the economy.


The Indian energy sector is looking at investments in green hydrogen and clean power, while thousands of electric vehicle charging points are also being installed across the country even as gasoline demand is expected to remain robust for many years. Indian Oil had earlier said it is working toward producing 70,000 tons a year of green hydrogen by 2030.