New Delhi: With the goal of transforming Indian Railways into ‘Green Railways’, complete electrification of the Railway network has been approved by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) which will reduce its carbon footprint, and also improve its finances through reduction in fuel cost, said the Ministry of Railways in a Press communication.
As part of its obligations & commitment to reduce carbon footprints, Indian Railways is taking various initiatives in the field of Green Energy. In line with this, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Ministry of Railways, Government of India and Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom on 2 December for collaboration on energy and sustainability. The MoU was signed in the presence of Rajesh Tiwari, Member (Traction), Railway Board by Rajesh Kumar Jain, Executive Director/Electrical Engineering (Development), Indian Railways, and Gavin McGillivray, Head, DFID-India.
Through Power Sector Reform (PSR) program, the MoU with DFID envisages to include co-operation for Energy Efficiency & Energy Self Sufficiency for Indian Railways.
The MoU will broadly cover energy planning for Indian Railways in line with Government policies and regulations as applicable from time to time, including 100% greener sources of electricity supply through renewable energy planning and deployment, off shore wind and solar energy, eEnergy storage and new energy technologies, and off-grid renewable energy services.
The MoU also aims at promoting energy sustainability initiatives like adopting energy efficiency practices and enabling fuel efficiency.
Apart from this, the MoU covers Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure deployment, battery-operated shunting locomotives, and capacity development like training programmes, industrial visits, and field visits.