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Delhi CM meets experts to discuss action for combating winter air pollution

Environmental experts met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday and supported the Delhi government's odd-even scheme as an "emergency" measure to bring down air pollution levels in winters, an official statement said. They discussed with the chief minister an action plan to combat winter air pollution in the national capital, it said. "The experts, Dr Ken Lee, executive director of EPIC (Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago) India, and O P Agarwal, CEO, WRI (World Resources Institute) India, say Delhi's odd-even policy had impact and recommended pollution masks in... Read more..

Source: One India

Hiranandani arm GreenBase, Vestas India ink deal to build wind turbine park in Chennai

GreenBase, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hiranandani Group, has inked a deal to build a wind turbine park and warehousing set-up for the wind turbine manufacturing multinational Vestas India in Chennai. The built-to-suit development will be spread over half a million sq ft at the Industrial and Logistics Park, located within Hiranandani Parks, Oragadam. Vestas India is setting up an assembly and warehousing facility, which will be spread over 23 acres at the Industrial and Logistics Park. "This project by Vestas will result in creation of new jobs as also business opportunities for allied... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Barely Regulated Thermal Power Plants Use Up More Water Than Permitted, RTI Data Show

In addition to polluting the air and warming the planet, India’s thermal power plants are consuming excessive amounts of water, in many cases beyond the permissible limits set by the environment ministry, according to information obtained through the Right to Information Act (RTI). About 51% of 156 thermal plants across 12 states whose data could be obtained declared themselves compliant with water norms early this year, said the RTI response received by the Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, a research centre that analyses water and energy issues in India. This excessive water consumption is... Read more..

Source: Indiaspend

Investing in climate adaptation can stimulate trillions in benefits

Unless you are the President of the United States or some such exalted position that allows you to be out of touch with reality, it is really impossible for sane and rational people to ignore the impending impact of climate change. Because it is not really impending anymore. Climate change is here, disrupting our lives, changing crop cycles, and bringing about destruction, drought and death in various parts of the world. Impacted are the most vulnerable. Farmers, marginalised people, women, children – as nature wreaks havoc on everything in its path. In a recent report by the Global... Read more..

Source: CNBCTV

Rajasthan issues tender for 113.5MW of small-scale solar

The Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation (RRECL) has issued a competitive tender for 113.5MW of small grid-connected solar projects in the desert state. The group, a ‘nodal agency’ of the Indian government’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is seeking developers to build, own and operate projects capable of producing between 0.5-2MW. The projects will be installed on the premises of a state-owned 33/11kV substation in Rajasthan, to which they would be interconnected. State utility Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam will sign 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with successful... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

In Delhi, laying the groundwork for more sustainable land investment

Executives from leading agribusiness and industrial companies pledged at a United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification meeting in Delhi this week to work toward more sustainable food and land use, including through an emphasis on soil health, value chain sustainability, and climate- and water-smart solutions. Participants in the UNCCD COP14 Business Day, hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and sponsored by the companies Syngenta and Nutrien, agreed on a UNCCD Delhi Declaration for Business that highlights the opportunity for business action in support... Read more..

Source: GEF

Dabur launches Plastic Waste Collection drive with East Delhi Municipal Corporation

Moving forward on its commitment towards becoming a Plastic Waste Neutral Company by 2021, India’s largest Science-based Ayurveda major Dabur India Limited today Joined hands with East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) to launch a unique Plastic Waste Collection drive in the city. Under this initiative, christened ‘My 10 Kg Plastic’, Dabur India Ltd, Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA) and EDMC will be running a series of programmes to build awareness about Plastic Waste disposal and involve all individuals, societies, schools and offices in segregation and safe disposal of... Read more..

Source: Company CSR

States rule out GST rate cut on automobiles amid grim revenue situation

Key states have expressed reservations on a cut in the goods and services tax (GST) rate for the auto sector because of the grim revenue situation, after the fitment panel refrained from recommending any such reduction. Facing a deepening slowdown, the auto sector is pinning hopes on the GST Council meeting on September 20 for a rate cut from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. However, states including Bihar, West Bengal, Kerala, and Punjab are of the view that the slowdown in the auto sector is not because of the GST rate but structural issues in the economy. “Bihar will not support any rate... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Sixth India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue concludes

The sixth India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) came to a conclusion today in New Delhi with both sides agreeing that the SED has emerged as a crucial mechanism to facilitate bilateral trade and investment flows and enhance economic cooperation between the two sides. The Dialogue which was held from held from 7-9 September 2019 in New Delhi comprised of round table meetings of Joint Working Groups on infrastructure, energy, high-tech, resource conservation and policy coordination followed by technical site visits and closed door G2G meetings. Senior representatives from policy... Read more..

Source: Daily Hunt

World Environment School to promote environmental education

Mobius Foundation, a non-profit organization working towards environmental sustainability, today, announced the launch of India’s first environment school in Coorg, Karnataka, statement said. World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) will be the first school in India and South Asia to take a leading role in promoting and delivering environmental education with sustainability at its core. Spread over a hundred acres across the beautiful hills of Coorg, the school’s focus is to build strong environmental and moral values among its students. WESc will be operational from 2021 for Grade 6 to 12... Read more..

Source: India CSR

Govt to give renewables their moment in the sun

In a renewed push to cut India’s dependence on fossil fuels, the central government wants state-run companies to build massive clean energy parks at a cost of around $2 billion each, with built-in incentives to ensure states and operators are invested in the success of the parks. The proposed ultra mega renewable energy power parks (UMREPP) of 2,000 megawatts (MW) each will help developers achieve economies of scale and further bring down solar and wind power tariffs. Setting up such parks will bolster India’s image as a clean energy champion at a time the world is grappling with concerns... Read more..

Source: Livemint

PM raises India’s target to restore degraded land to 26 million hectares by 2030

Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised India’s target for restoring degraded land from its earlier target of 21 million hectares (MH) to 26 million hectares (MH) by 2030. The announcement was made by PM Modi while speaking at the high level segment at 14th session of Conference of Parties (COP) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). UNCCD COP-14 is being hosted by India this time and as many as 196 countries, 70 environment ministers and over 8,000 delegates from across globe are participating in 12-day conference from September 2 to September 13 being held at Greater... Read more..

Source: Current Affairs

India achieved solar power target 4 years ahead of schedule: DST Advisor

India has achieved its solar power target four-years ahead of its schedule, as a part of its climate change mitigation strategy, a senior official of the Central government's Department of Science and Technology (DST), said here on Tuesday. The target of installing 20 GW of solar power by 2022 was achieved four years ahead of schedule in January 2018, Adviser and Head of Climate Change Programme of the Department of Science and Technology, Dr Akhilesh Gupta said. "India has now set a new target of achieving 100 GW of solar power by 2022, he told PTI on Tuesday. India was one of the least... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

IRENA and UN agree to jointly combat desertification through renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are joining forces to support climate adaptation and resilience and to implement UN Sustainable Development Goals through renewables. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera and UNCCD’s Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw, the two organisations have agreed to increase renewable energy capacity building and investment on the ground, get a better understanding of the land and renewable energy nexus and... Read more..

Source: EV Wind

Innolia Energy to set up integrated solar, lithium battery, EV assembly unit in Telangana

Innolia Energy, a US based company, has announced the launch of phase one of the Rs 225 crore integrated solar, lithium ion battery and electric vehicle assembly facility in Telangana. The company promoted by an NRI plans to make a phased investment of Rs 225 crore in the project to manufacture solar modules, assemble lithium batteries and electric vehicles. “As a company promoted by entrepreneurs based in the US who have been serving companies with our technology solutions. This integrated facility is a natural extension,” Arvind Reddy, CEO of Innolia Energy, said. The company plans to... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

NLC India exceeds 1GW installed renewable energy capacity

Public sector NLC India Ltd, formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd, on Wednesday said it has surpassed the 1 GW installed renewable energy capacity at its facility. The Tamil Nadu-based 'Navratna' company under the Ministry of Coal had a present mining capacity of 30.6 million tonne of lignite per annum. The present power generation capacity, including that of its joint venture with TANGEDCO, is 5,192 MW. In a notification to stock exchanges, the company said, "95 MW capacity of the 109 MW solar PV power plant at Avathandai, Veppankulam and Kadamangalam village, Ramanathapuram, out of... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Vikram Solar commissions rooftop solar plant in Rajasthan

Solar energy solutions provider Vikram Solar said on Wednesday that has commissioned a rooftop solar plant for SL Nutritions at the RIICO Industrial Area of Nagaur in Rajasthan. A Vikram Solar release here said the Rajasthan solar plant has a capacity of 558 kilowattpeak (kWp). "Vikram Solar used 1,400 of 315 Wp (wattpeak) and 355 of 330 Wp modules to build the rooftop plant. The solar plant is expected to have an annual energy yield of 2,000-2,500 kWh (kilowatt hour)," it said. According to the company, its current portfolio consists of 1,040 MW of engineering, procurement and... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Energy extremely crucial for India's socio-economic development: Dharmendra Pradhan

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan, on September 10 said that India has to improve the availability of energy to over 1.3 billion people, "whose per capita energy consumption is lower than the global average". Addressing a session on ‘Advancing Inclusive Access to Secure, Affordable, and Sustainable Energy Services’ during the 8th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable 2019 in Abu Dhabi, Pradhan said that energy is "extremely crucial" to the overall socio-economic development of India. "Now, India is the third-largest energy consumer in the world. The... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Adityanath chairs meeting on Sustainable Development Goals

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday held a meeting with senior officials of the state government to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Uttar Pradesh Vision - 2030. The Chief Minister directed all the nodal officers to prepare a concrete action plan regarding the steps taken for the SDGs in context of the state, an official release issued here said. The Chief Minister said that the Planning Department should take the initiative and expedite work and directed that literature should be prepared on SDGs Uttar Pradesh Vision – 2030 by September 20, the release... Read more..

Source: The Week

World will need 50% more food by 2050, but yields may decline by 30%: Report

Food security will be hit sharply due to climate change and land degradation as global demand will increase by 50 per cent, but yields may decline by 30 per cent by 2050, said a global report released at the ongoing conference of parties. The report, prepared by the Global Commission on Adaptation (GCA), led by former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, was released at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) COP 14 being held at Greater Noida. India has taken presidency of the COP 14 from China till 2021. India is among the 19 countries, which are a part of the GCA,... Read more..

Source: India Today

UP govt clears state's first floating solar power plant on Rihand Dam

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has cleared a floating solar power plant on Rihand Dam with an investment of Rs 750 crore. It will be the first water surface floating solar power plant of Uttar Pradesh and biggest in the country. The state cabinet cleared the project that will fetch investment of Rs 750 crore, UP government spokesman Shrikant Sharma told reporters here. He said the water surface floating solar power project will generate 150 MW power and will be completed in 21 months. "It will be first such project of UP and biggest in the country,"... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Surat’s renewable energy capacity increases by 30% in 18 months

Renewable energy production capacity has seen an increase of 30 per cent in Surat in the past 18 months. Of the 25 crore units of electricity that the city produces, share of wind and solar energy is 90 per cent. Surat happens to be the only city in the country whose captive power generation meets 33 per cent of demand of consumers, with wind and solar power plants playing a significant role in this, government sources claimed. Surat Municipal Corporation’s (SMC) annual energy demand is 250 gigawatt hours (GWH). At present, SMC produces 78.4 GWH of wind energy. This saves SMC Rs47.2 crore... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Over-capacity, water shortage and renewable power exerts pressure on thermal power plants

A report prepared by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Applied Economics Clinic (AEC) has pointed out that India’s coal-fired energy sector is facing increasing pressure due to generator over-capacity, water shortages and the rise of low-cost renewables. The report - Risks Growing for India’s Coal Sector, highlights ongoing challenges facing India’s coal-fired generators due to changes in the energy sector, fluctuations in water supply and stranded-asset as well as other risks. David Schlissel, co-author and IEEFA’s director of resource planning analysis... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Amazon India unveils sustainable packaging initiatives

Amazon India, Bangalore, India, has announced its commitment to eliminate single-use plastic from its packaging by June 2020. The company plans to use “paper cushions,” which will replace plastic dunnage like air pillows and bubble wraps across its fulfillment centers in India, the company reports in a news release. Paper cushions will be used to ensure the packages are protected in transit. The environment-friendly and fully recyclable packaging solutions have been launched in select fulfillment centers for Amazon India and will be extended across all of India’s Amazon fulfillment centers... Read more..

Source: Recycling Today

India's first cloud-based irrigation set up at Hyderabad International Airport

Giving a robust technology boost to its ongoing environment sustainability measures, GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport became India's first airport to induct a cloud-based central irrigation control system using an 'IMMS online' (Irrigation Management and Monitoring Software) mechanism to control the intricate automatic irrigation system across the 80 acres of landscape spread along the 8.4 km stretch of the airport spine road. A first-of-its-kind technology to be introduced in India, the control of irrigation system is precise and timely, enabling the airport to save water up to 35... Read more..

Source: The Hans India