Waste Management in Thermal Power Plants

Waste Management in Thermal Power Plants

Suchismita Satapathy (KIIT University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5137-9.ch008


Environmental pollution and clean energy is the main challenge faced by all over world. The thermal power sector is famous as the highest creator of energy, but still it is blamed for creating Environmental pollution. So, they are trying their best to help themselves on sustainability issues. Basically, Indian powerplants are not only focusing on Sustainable Issues but also trying to develop a sustainable supply chain strategy to carry out their operations while respecting social as well as environmental issues. Sustainable supply chain management(SSCM) practices of thermal power plants mostly dependent on the practice of utilizing waste, water, energy, ash, and taking care of environment in such a manner that social, environmental, and economic factors should not be affected. So, in this chapter sustainable supply chain management practices of Indian thermal power sectors are focused, analyzed, and ranked by Maut method. Simultaneously, their interrelation and correlation are found.
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The power sector is the biggest customer of coal, it depends on coal for power generation. As Coal is the maximum polluting material, so its transportation and storing is an important point. All over the world pollution is a headache and environmental condition is the focused issue for discussion. So a lot of efforts are taken by Govt and research units. Media always debates and asks for suggestions and new developments that can resolve this problem. So researches are undergoing on this to find a better way to use coal without creating Environmental pollution. The current researchers have realized that, environmental and societal issues must be considered such that the greatest revolutions in human thought, uniting the entire world in a fight against the emissions which are produced during industrial activities (Dubey et al., 2015). Particularly the last decade has seen an increased pressure to broaden the accountability of the industries beyond economic performance, for shareholders to sustainability performance, for all stake holders (Labuschagne et al., 2005). Consequently, an increased interest was exhibited by organizations in addressing sustainability in their supply chains, which has been described as Sustainable Supply Chains Management(SSCM) that incorporates the triple bottom line of sustainability (Walker and Jones, 2012). SSCM is the management of raw materials and services from suppliers to manufacturers/ service providers to customers and back with the improvement of the social and environmental impacts explicitly considered (Grzybowska, 2012).

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