Indian Railways aims to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2030: Vaishnaw

New Delhi:

Indian Railways (IR) has envisioned to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2030, Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said here on Wednesday.

Further, IR has decided to progressively procure renewable energy to reduce energy consumption through conventional sources, the minister said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

At present, there is no proposal to induct solar train in the railway fleet, he said.

The solar system works during the day time and generate battery backup of approximately 4 to 5 hours, Vaishnaw said.

“System does not work properly during fog/rain and winter season and battery backup goes down to 2 to 3 hours depending upon weather conditions. Therefore, the system has not been pursued further,” he stated.