IR releases energy efficiency plan

The Ministry of Railways (MoR) has released a five-pronged energy efficiency plan to become carbon-neutral by 2030. The idea is to reduce overall energy use with efficient operations and increase renewable energy usage. The five action points around which the policy is centred are sustainable buildings, cloud-based data monitoring and management portal, energy efficiency in equipment and appliances, power quality and restoration, and capacity building and awareness. Non-traction end uses account for over 2,100 GWh of electricity use per year, projected to increase 30 per cent by 2030 with the network and infrastructure expansion of IR. The MoR plans to induct new technology such as artificial intelligence and IoT to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions.