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Assocham urges UP govt to develop three SEZs for solar energy

Industry body Assocham today urged the Uttar Pradesh government to prepare three special economic zones (SEZs) for solar energy development and try to encourage private players in the field.

"It is our suggestion that the government should make three SEZs and make all the facilities available there for solar energy development. The investors should be attracted and ensure that their investment is safe,"... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Clarify stand on BS-I, BS-II vehicles: NGT to northern states

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday asked five northern states to clarify their stand on plying and registration of Bharat Stage-I and Bharat Stage-II vehicles which have been banned in Delhi-NCR. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh governments to clearly state by tomorrow if they were prepared to accept these vehicles in their areas.

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Source: The Indian Express
Subject Tags: BS-I, BS-II, industry news, NGT, pollution

Sikkim: Project launched for managing complex disasters in face of climate change

Sikkim chief secretary Alok Kumar Shrivastava has launched ‘Capacity Building Strategies’ for managing complex disasters in the face of climate change.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. It is being implemented by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and the technical organisation SEEDS with support from the State Disaster... Read more..

Source: India.com

Vietnam utility and World Bank install solar measurement stations to encourage deployment

The World Bank and Vietnam’s monopoly utility EVN have installed five solar measurement stations in order to promote renewables deployment.

The stations, located in Song Binh, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province, will collect data on solar radiation that will be published and made freely available online. The hope is that the data will encourage and assist developers interested in building solar power... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Adobe’s Bangalore Office Among First in India To Be Powered 100% by Renewable Energy

With Climate Week NYC 2017 underway in New York, Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist, Adobe, blogs on the company’s efforts to reduce its emissions in India and the benefits for the local community.

Adobe’s Bangalore site is going solar. We recently signed a 2.5-megawatt, grid-scale, solar power purchase agreement (PPA) for our Bangalore office, which will provide enough power to cover our annual energy... Read more..

Source: The Climate Group

Power supply to two printing units disconnected for discharging effluents into open ground in Tirupur

The district collector K S Palanisamy has directed to disconnect electricity connections to two textile printing units for discharging effluents into open ground in Tirupur on Thursday.

Chairing the district coordination committee, the collector took the action based on the recommendations given by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on the units which were located near Kangeyam Road and... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Daimler set to bring electric trucks in India

Commercial vehicle maker Daimler has completed five years in the Indian market with the BharatBenz brand and also expanded its portfolio with the country’s first-ever Euro-V compliant special edition truck.

With the launch of its electric Fuso e-Canter truck in New York, the German truck maker has also shown interest in bringing its electric trucks to the Indian market.

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Source: ET Auto

‘Polluting’ brick-kilns in NCR to be closed for four months

The booming realty sector is set to be adversely hit in the National Capital Region (NCR) with brick-kilns not conforming to environment norms slated to be closed for four months—October to January.

In compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court-monitored Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority headed by Bhure Lal, the Haryana Government has ordered closure of the brick-kilns that... Read more..

Source: The Tribune
Subject Tags: industry news, pollution

TERI enters into sustainability partnership with state government to develop Smart City.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Capital Region Development Authority of Andhra Pradesh (APCRDA), State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (APSEEDCO) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for implementation of Green Buildings and Sustainable Habitat at the upcoming new capital township of Amaravati.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner, APCRDA, Mr. A. Chandra

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Source: Energetica India

India ready to work above and beyond Paris climate deal: Sushma Swaraj

India on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to the landmark Paris climate change agreement, saying it is willing to "work above and beyond" the pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, during a UN 'Leadership Summit on Environment Pact', said that India had been at the forefront of the debate on environment and development. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Developers, Jharkhand Government resolve solar power pricing deadlock

Solar developers and the Jharkhand government have resolved an 18-month long deadlock over the price of solar power, with the developers agreeing to a reduced tariff of Rs 4.95 per kwH. 

The problem arose after the Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) held a mega auction of 1,200 MW in March 2016 to set up solar projects at 45 different areas across the state. Winning bids ranged from Rs 5.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Enphase Energy and Waree announce partnership for smart solar modules

Enphase Energy, a global energy technology company and supplier of solar microinverters, today announced it has partnered with Mumbai-based solar panel manufacturer Waaree Energies Ltd to produce AC solar modules (ACMs) for the Indian market.

As part of the partnership, Waaree will offer its monocrystalline solar PV modules with Enphase Microinverters attached to the back of Waaree’s modules. This is the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

France’s Engie SA, Dubai’s Abraaj to set up wind power platform in India

French energy firm Engie SA and Dubai’s private equity firm Abraaj Group on Wednesday announced a partnership to build a wind power platform in India.

“Together, Abraaj and Engie have identified a robust pipeline of wind power projects representing over 1 GW (gigawatt) in several key states,” the companies said in a joint statement.

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Source: livemint

India will stick to plan of having 100% electric mobility by 2030: Nitin Gadkari

India will stick to its plan of having 100% electric mobility by 2030, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said.

Gadkari said he cleared the electric vehicle policy on Wednesday.

“Now NITI Aayog will send it to the cabinet in a couple of weeks (for its approval)," he added.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Isro-Nasa joint team confirms presence of aerosol over Asia

A joint study by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) of the US, which had commenced after satellite images showed the presence of an aerosol layer over the Asia region, has confirmed the same and has also found the presence of nitrate, which is a new finding.

Aerosol, the sub-micron size particles suspended in air are produced from a variety... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Nike unveils Flyleather: a sustainable leather material made with 50 percent recycled leather fiber

Putting sustainability at the heart of the fashion industry is no easy feat, but key players across the value chain continue to demonstrate that they’re up to the task.

Building on the success of its Flyknit process, which allows synthetic yarn to be woven into practically seamless shoe uppers, Nike has unveiled its latest sartorial innovation: Flyleather — a sustainable leather material made with 50 percent... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

Hindustan Coca-Cola to source 40 per cent of power from clean energy

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB), the bottling arm of Coca-Cola India, has set a target to source 40 per cent of its energy requirements using renewable and clean energy fuel, before the end of 2018 and has begun sourcing solar power from a private firm and compressed natural gas from public-sector gas major GAIL to fire its two boilers at two production units in Karnataka.

The move, according to the... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Record $56 Billion Green Bonds Issuance Witnessed In H1 2017

The global green bonds market has scored yet another record issuance during the first half of 2017. A record $56 billion was issued during the first six months of the year while the second quarter saw issuance of $30 billion, the Climate Bonds Initiative reported.

According to the data released by the Climate Bonds Initiative, green bond transactions constituted 3% of the total bond transactions globally... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Offshore wind, hydro projects may get green energy tag

India doesn’t have any offshore wind projects currently.
The government plans to bring offshore wind energy and large hydro-electricity projects under the ambit of renewable energy, which will scale up the target of 175 gigawatts of green power capacity by 2022. 

“Today, we are contemplating bringing large hydro also under the definition of renewable power. We are also contemplating to exploit our... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

NTPC to focus on clean energy, Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure

State-run power giant NTPC will add 32 GW of clean energy by 2032, in addition to its plan to create 15 GW of solar capacity under National Solar Mission, a top company official said today. 

The power giant is also creating electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the country. 

NTPC has been a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Household Waste To Jet Fuels — British Airways Partners With Velocys

British Airways is partnering with the renewables fuels firm Velocys on a new program that will see household waste converted into jet fuel at a number of specially designed waste processing facilities, according to a press release on the matter.

This “renewable” jet fuel will then be used by the British Airways fleet of commercial aircraft. The program is intended to help the company become more “... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

CleanMax Solar commissions 1.5 MW rooftop solar project at IIT (BHU)

Solar power developer CleanMax Solar has commissioned a 1.5 Mega Watt roof-top solar project at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Varanasi, the company said in a release on Wednesday. The installation will help the premier institute meet 30 per cent of its power needs and will help it save around Rs 28 lakh per annum. 

The company will provide solar power to IIT-BHU at tariffs that are cheaper than grid... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi High Court approves draft bye-laws on waste disposal

A clutch of draft bye-laws on sanitary waste disposal in the Capital was approved by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday (September 19). It asked the Delhi government to place the bye-laws before the Lieutenant Governor so that they can be officially notified, urgently. Local authorities and environment experts had come up with the bye-laws after the High Court order.

The Court was hearing the case again related... Read more..

Source: India Legal

India records highest-ever renewable energy generation

The month of June 2017 will go down in the history of India’s energy sector as the period when the nation recorded the highest monthly power generation from renewable energy sources, reinforcing hopes the country is on track to meet its ambitious green energy targets.

India generated 10.2 Billion Units (BUs) of electricity in June from green energy sources including solar, wind, biomass and small hydro -- 26... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Gujarat solar auction sees winning tariff of Rs 2.65/unit

A reverse auction of 500 MW of solar projects held by the Gujarat government on Tuesday saw the lowest winning bid at Rs 2.65 per kwH. This was the first solar auction held after the two conducted by Solar Corporation of India in May, when one of the winning bidders had promised to sell power at a record low of Rs 2.44 per kwH. 

The auctions in May were held for projects at the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times