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Eye on 30% electric vehicles by 2025, Goa govt gives nod to electric mobility policy

With the objective of boosting adoption of electric vehicles (EV) to at least 30% by 2025, the state government has approved the Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy (GEMPP) 2021. The policy aims to create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs in the sector by 2025.

With the focus on establishing Goa as a model of international standards for EV adoption supported by a world-class charging infrastructure and ecosystem, the policy looks to promote conversion of Internal Combustion Engine (IEC) vehicles to EVs, convert 50% of all ferries to electric by 2025, and encourage start-ups and... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

IREDA and BVFCL sign MoU for Green Energy collaborations

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) today signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL) for providing its techno-financial expertise in developing Renewable Energy projects and fund raising. The two companies are PSUs under Ministry of New & Renewable Energy and Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers respectively.

The MoU was signed by Shri Pradip Kumar Das, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), IREDA and Dr. Siba Prasad Mohanty, CMD, BVFCL in the presence of Shri Chintan Shah, Director (Technical... Read more..

Source: PIB

NITI Aayog bats for incentives to segregate waste at source

NITI Aayog has proposed imposing a fee on waste disposal to disincentive households to throw waste and instead be compelled to segregate it at source. The proposal is part of the fiscal incentives and disincentives proposed by the Aayog to encourage source segregation as India grapples with the surge in waste generation which is expected to increase three-fold by 2050.

The Aayog has proposed introduction of ‘Pay As You Throw’ policy which will entail a waste collection fee from the waste generator in proportion to the total quantity of waste being disposed of.

“Waste... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

India's RIL launches new sustainable fabric R|Elan GreenGold Ecocean

India’s largest private sector Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has secured supply chains for collection of post-consumer PET bottles through Ocean bound plastic (OBP) route and has introduced a new product – R|Elan GreenGold Ecocean. Reliance recycles over 2 billion PET bottles every year and is committed to increase the recycling capacity year on year.


RIL’s Barabanki manufacturing division has been awarded Ocean Bound Plastic Recycling Organisation Standard V1.1 by the Control Union. Ocean Bound Plastic is abandoned plastic waste located within the range of 50km from the... Read more..

Source: Fiber2Fashion

Indonesia's carbon trade trial indicates taxable emissions

Indonesia's energy ministry recorded around a million tonnes of taxable carbon emissions during a recent trial covering 32 coal power plants, a senior official said on Monday, as the country prepares to launch a carbon trading mechanism.

The world's eighth-biggest green house gas emitter aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 and to use a carbon tax and trading to help control emissions.

Indonesia will start charging a carbon tax of 30,000 rupiah ($2.09) per tonne of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) next April, levied on coal-fired power plant operators with emissions above a set... Read more..

Source: Reuters

EU reaches for hydrogen stars as economics shift

The cost of producing green hydrogen with renewable energy is set to fall and the capacity to produce it in Europe and nearby countries will likely surpass current targets by 2030, European Union officials said on Monday.

Countries and companies have seized on green hydrogen - a fuel obtained by passing renewably-produced electricity through water to split the element from oxygen - as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions, especially from heavy industry.


Until now, green hydrogen has been far more expensive than versions produced using fossil fuel, including the... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Will issue order to make it mandatory for carmakers to introduce flex-fuel engines: Gadkari

Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said he would issue an order in the next two-three days to make it mandatory for the carmakers to introduce flex-fuel engines in vehicles.

Addressing an event, Gadkari said, India imports petroleum products worth 8 lakh crore every year, and if the country continues to depend on fossil fuels, then its import bill will rise to Rs 25 lakh in the next five years.

"To reduce import of fossil fuels, I am going to sign a file in the next 2-3 days, in which carmakers will be asked to make flex-fuel engines vehicles (that can run on more than... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Emissions and foreign exchange savings due to ethanol blending

The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Rameswar Teli in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today informed that Under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme, Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are selling E10 (10% ethanol blended petrol) as per availability. For the ongoing Ethanol Supply Year (ESY) 2020-21, OMCs have sold3672.46 crore litres of ethanol blended petrol during the period 01st December, 2020 to 14th November, 2021.

A joint study was conducted by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) along with Automotive Research... Read more..

Source: PIB

Govt working on plan to securitise revenue of central power plants

The government is working on a proposal to escrow revenue from existing central power plants to utilise it as an upfront amount for new projects. It is also considering listing subsidiaries of power PSUs like NTPC and gradually offloading up to 49 per cent stake in them, a senior official said.

As per the proposal, revenue of ongoing projects can be escrowed in the name of successful bidders for 10-15 years.

While the buyers get assured income for a long term, the power companies get to invest the amount left after debt servicing and operation and maintenance costs in new... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

MSCI to drop Adani Ports from four climate indices on Carmichael link; Adani Group "disappointed" with move

The MSCI Climate Change Index will drop Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ). This comes as the Carmichael project had been termed ‘severe’. MSCI will also drop REC and IPCA Laboratories from the index while adding six new companies to the list.

Adani Enterprises owns the Carmichael project. Adani Ports became a wholly-owned subsidiary in August 2020 for haulage operations from the Carmichael mine to Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal (NQXT). Earlier in March, the BRC ownership was transferred to Adani Global Pte.

The Carmichael mine is expected to produce... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Ambuja Cements, ACC collaborate with IIT Delhi to develop low carbon cement

Mumbai: Ambuja Cements and ACC have partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) to develop next-generation, calcined clay cements, a low carbon material to promote sustainable construction.

This academic collaboration will be implemented through a research project funded by Holcim Innovation Centre, Lyon, France. It will comprise an in-depth scientific study into the influence of clinker, calcined clay and limestone on the performance of calcined clay cements. 

The partnership aims to create next-generation low CO2 cement with more than 50% lower... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

India Young Water Professional Programme Launched

The first edition of the India Young Water Professional Programme was launched virtually today in the presence of Mr. Manpreet Vohra, Indian High Commissioner to Australia, Barry O’ Farrell, Australian High Commissioner to India and Ms. Debashree Mukherjee, Additional Secretary, DOWR, RD & GR, Ministry of Jal Shakti. More than 100 participants joined the launch of India Young Water Professional Program. This program has been taken up under National Hydrology Project, a Central Scheme of DOWR, and RD & GR and supported by the Australian Water Partnership.

This Program is... Read more..

Source: PIB

South Korea to supply 27.9 million tons of clean hydrogen by 2050

The South Korean government will supply 27.9 million tons of hydrogen annually as 100 per cent clean hydrogen by 2050. It is expected to generate an economic effect of 1,319 trillion won and reduce more than 200 million tons of greenhouse gas.

The government announced on November 26 that five agendas, including the '1st Basic Hydrogen Economy Implement Plan,' were discussed at the 4th Hydrogen Economic Committee meeting presided over by Prime Minister Kim Boo-gyeom at Lotte Hotel Seoul.

The hydrogen economy implement plan is the first legal plan related to hydrogen industry.... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

NGT constitutes 5-member committee to prevent discharge of effluents in Ganga

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) constituted a five-member expert Committee for preventing further discharge of chromium or other effluents at Jajmau or other such places in Ganga.
The NGT said, "We find it necessary to constitute a five-member expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh with nominees of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and District Magistrates of Kanpur Dehat and Kanpur Nagar."... Read more..

Source: ANI

Solar PLI outlay to be hiked to Rs 19,500 crore

As many as 15 companies including public-sector Coal India, Adani Infrastructure, Larsen and Toubro, ReNew Solar, Tata Power Solar, Waaree Energies, Vikram Solar, Megha Engineering & Infrastructures and FS India Solar Ventures will likely get incentives offered under the production-linked incentive scheme for solar manufacturing, as scope of the scheme is set to widen.

At an inter-ministerial meeting held recently, the department from promotion of industrial trade (DPIIT) is learnt to have endorsed the recommendation of the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) to raise... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Nitish calls for one India, one power rate

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar iterated his demand for one nation one rate for purchasing power from Central sectors, as he dedicated stage-II 500MW (2x250 MW) of NTPC Barauni Thermal Power Station and unit 1 (660 MW) of the NTPC Barh Super Thermal Power project, in presence of RK Singh, Union minister of power and new & renewable energy on Saturday.

Kumar said the consumer power tariff would reduce if India were to have one rate for purchasing power from Central sectors. Presently, Central utilities like the NTPC charge different rates for power supplied to states and union... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Gujarat will become renewable energy capital of the country by 2025: CM Bhupendra Patel

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel said that by 2025, the state will consolidate its position as the renewable energy capital of the country.

Patel is currently in Delhi and addressed captains of industry in the curtain-raiser event to Virtual Gujarat Global Summit (VGGS)-2022 on Thursday.

Addressing the event, Patel said, "Gujarat's development will witness many mega infrastructure projects and one such mega-project is Dholera, India's First Greenfield Smart City. A fin-tech hub is being set up and incentives for aircraft leasing companies are being given. Gujarat will... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Delhi: With tech park, EDMC wows one-stop solution for waste

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation has started trial runs on various technologies at its newly constructed Technology Park at New Jafrabad to process different kinds of municipal solid and liquid waste at one place.
The one of-its-kind pilot project has been developed over a 1,000-sq-metre land provided by DDA. An EDMC dhalao has also been converted into a waste seg regation and processing facility.
While the work on the project started in 2018 under the Waste to Wealth Mission at the behest of the principal scientific adviser, government of India, it is expected to become... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Ganga Connect concludes in London: High Level of Engagement & Tangible Outcomes

The Ganga Connect exhibition, that has been running across the UK from 8th November concluded in London on 25th November 2021. This has been a major effort of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, the High Commission of India and cGanga to engage with the international community of scientists, technology companies, policy makers, industry, investors and finance professionals.

In the concluding session, Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti,and Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga, hosted a virtual roundtable with eminent... Read more..
Source: PIB

IBA asks MNRE to continue waste to energy scheme with central assistance

The Indian Biogas Association has asked the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) to continue the waste to energy scheme through central financial assistance.

Highlighting the challenges faced by the ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Indian, UK science ministers discuss green energy collaboration

 India's Science & Technology Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh on Thursday held an online meeting with the United Kingdom Science Minister, George Freeman, wherein the two discussed Green Energy collaboration between the two countries among other issues.

The India-UK Science & Technology (S&T) collaboration has been growing at a rapid pace and the joint research programme has gone from an almost zero base to close to 300-400 million pounds now, the Indian Minister informed his British counterpart and that the UK has emerged as India's second largest international research and... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Five-point framework ready for sustainable development: P Rajeeve

To ensure resilient and sustainable development, state has devised a new five-point framework, said industries minister P Rajeeve while inaugurating the 10th edition of ‘TiEcon Kerala 2021’ on Thursday. The three-day conference attended by industrial leaders, policymakers, startups, entrepreneurs is organized by Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Kerala Chapter.
Speaking on the new industrial and living environment, Rajeeve said it begins with clean air, clean water and strong online connectivity in every home to fully facilitate the new ‘work-from-home’ and ‘study-from-home’ concepts so that... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Noida International Airport: PM lays foundation stone at Jewar! Features of India’s first net-zero emissions airport

PM Modi has laid the foundation stone of the Jewar Airport in Uttar Pradesh! With this airport, UP is poised to become the only Indian state to boast five international airports. Once completed, the Noida International Airport will be the second international airport to come up in Delhi NCR. The airport project will help decongest Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airport is said to be strategically located and the project will serve the people of cities including Noida, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Agra, Aligarh, Faridabad as well as neighbouring areas.

The Jewar Airport, due... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

No transmission charge waiver for green power projects from July 2028

In a move that can be seen to expedite the installation of renewable energy projects in the next few years, the Union power ministry has said that 100% inter-state transmission (ISTS) charge will be levied on power supplied by solar and plants commissioned on and after July 1, 2028. Currently power distribution companies (discoms) do not have to pay ISTS charges for solar and wind-based electricity, and the waiver was used as an incentive to encourage renewable power capacity addition.

The waiver was initially available for solar and wind projects scheduled for installation within... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Scheme to cut electrolyser production cost soon: Bhagwanth Khuba

The government will launch a scheme for reducing the cost of production for electrolysers, Bhagwanth Khuba, minister of state for the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) said on Wednesday. Electrolysers are used to produce green hydrogen using electricity generated from renewable sources such as solar and wind plants.

Khuba was speaking at the inauguration of the maiden international conference on hydrogen energy organised by the central board of irrigation and power.

The minister urged researchers present in the conference “for maximum research for hydrogen energy”... Read more..

Source: Financial Express