Indian Railways (IR) has made 100 per cent electrification a key priority with the aim of saving costs and reducing its carbon footprint. .. Read more Around 39,866 route km (rkm), or 62.65 per cent, of rail lines have been commissioned on electric traction as of April 1, 2020. In 2019-20, IR achieved the highest electrification of 5,782 rkm, a growth of about 9 per cent over the previous year. IR is procuring cheaper power, adopting energy efficiency practices, stepping up its renewable energy capacity and engaging in power trade to optimise its energy generation and utilisation. In a bid to become a net-zero carbon emitter by 2030, IR is slowly expanding its use of renewable energy in its operations and plans to meet 10 per cent of its energy demand from renewables. IR has also increased the production of electric locomotives. It has set a target to produce 725 electric locomotives in the next two financial years 2020- 21 and 2021-22.
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