India bans pet coke import for use as fuel

• India has banned the import of pet coke for use as fuel but said shipment for use as feedstock in some industries was allowed.

• Usage of pet coke, a dirtier alternative to coal, in the energy-hungry country has come under scrutiny due to rising pollution levels in major cities.

• Import of pet coke is allowed only for cement, lime kiln, calcium carbide and gasification industries when used as the feedstock or in the manufacturing process on actual user condition.

• As the world’s largest consumer of pet coke, India imports over half its annual pet coke consumption of about 27 million tonnes, mainly from the United States. Local producers include Indian Oil Corp, Reliance Industries and Bharat Petroleum Corp.

• India is the world’s biggest consumer of petroleum coke, which is a dark solid carbon material that emits 11 percent more greenhouse gases than coal.

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