Thermal Power Plants must comply with Emission Norms 


All Thermal Power Plants are required to comply with the emission norms as notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and directions given by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) from time to time. The Ministry of Power has issued a press release dated 27th July, 2023 on compliance to emission norms.

For compliance to Sulphur dioxide (SO2) emission norms, Thermal Power Plants are installing Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) equipment. MoEF&CC has specified following timelines for SO2 compliance for non-retiring Thermal Power Plants for compliance to emission norms:

Sl. No. CategoryLocation/AreaTimelines for compliance
1Category AWithin 10 km radius of National Capital Region (NCR) or cities having million plus population (as per 2011 census of India)Upto 31st  December  2024
2Category BWithin 10 km radius of Critically Polluted Areas or Non-attainment cities (as defined by CPCB)Upto 31st  December  2025
3Category COther than those included in category A and BUpto 31st  December  2026

For non-compliance beyond the specified timelines, MoEF&CC has prescribed environment compensation on the non-retiring thermal power plants.

At present, 22 units having a total capacity of 9280 MW have installed and operationalized FGDs in their facility.

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