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Greening the Mines: Coal and lignite PSUs lead the way in land restoration, sustainability

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the Ministry of Coal, describes the advancements in sustainability and land restoration achieved by PSUs that are part of the coal and lignite industries.

New Delhi, India : A study outlining the advancements in land restoration and sustainability made by coal and lignite Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) was released by the Ministry of Coal.

In response to growing energy demands, these PSUs have increased their output of coal while simultaneously making significant strides towards environmental preservation through extensive land reclamation and greening initiatives, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Coal.

Under the theme “Our Land. Our Future,” World Environment Day 2024 highlights the critical need for land restoration, desertification management, and drought resilience as the world marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). #GenerationRestoration is who we are.

India’s New Delhi: The Ministry of Coal produced a study detailing the improvements in sustainability and land restoration achieved by coal and lignite Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).

According to a news release from the Ministry of Coal, these PSUs have expanded their coal output in response to rising energy demands while also making substantial progress towards environmental preservation through massive land reclamation and greening projects.

globe Environment Day 2024, which falls under the theme “Our Land. Our Future,” emphasises the importance of managing desertification, restoring land, and preparing for droughts as the globe commemorates the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s 30th anniversary. We are #GenerationRestoration.

Read the press release to learn how the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) and the Ministry of Coal’s Sustainability & Just Transition Division were recognised for their thorough compilation of this report by Amrit Lal Meena, Secretary of the Ministry of Coal.

He conveyed the hope that the document will garner a great deal of attention and inspire other organisations to implement cutting-edge methods like Miyawaki plantation, drone-based seed casting, and seed ball plantation in coal mines.

The paper presents an exhaustive account of the constant and committed efforts made by coal/lignite PSUs to reduce the negative environmental effects of coal mining by means of afforestation and reclamation.

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Read the news release for more information. It provides a thorough description of land usage, reclamation operations, and plantation programmes. Data verified by remote sensing studies and ground-truthing surveys at specific sites are included.

This thorough record highlights the significance of sustainable land management and establishes a new benchmark for upcoming scientific research.

Coal/Lignite PSUs have pioneered community-oriented land uses such as restored forests, eco-parks, and eco-tourism destinations by implementing scientific reclamation processes in accordance with technical and biological schedules in mining plans.

According to the research, these initiatives have resulted in the establishment of green cover on almost 50,000 hectares in and surrounding coal mining districts.

This comprises additional plantation inside mine leaseholds totaling approximately 12,673 hectares, biological reclamation of around 29,592 hectares of de-coaled land, and plantation outside mine leaseholds totaling 7,735 hectares.

It is predicted that the combined effect of these measures might result in an annual carbon sink potential of roughly 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

The paper provides a roadmap for upcoming plantation projects through the fiscal year 2029–2030, with a focus on sustainable land use on degraded areas caused by mining and breakthroughs in land reclamation.

According to the press release, the Ministry of Coal hopes that this research will strengthen the coal PSUs’ dedication to land restoration and spark the creation of sustainable green cover throughout coal mining projects.

With the help of this greening project, India’s green cover is expected to increase dramatically, helping the country meet its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target of 2.5 to 3.0 billion tonnes of carbon sink by 2030.

In addition to highlighting the industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the Ministry of Coal’s study emphasises the critical role that coal and lignite PSUs play in achieving national and international sustainability goals.

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