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Union water resources minister Uma Bharti sets off on tour to monitor progress of Ganga cleaning mission

A week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of the 'Namaami Gange' programme, the Union water resources minister Uma Bharti on Thursday set off on a tour to monitor the execution of projects on the ground during her trip to over 25 towns\cities in five states along the main stem of the river.

During her 15 day-long trip - called 'Ganga Nirikshan Abhiyan' - from Ganga Sagar in West Bengal... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Kerala to be declared fully electrified on Monday

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will declare the state fully electrified on May 29, with the Power Department providing connections to over 1.5 lakh applicants under the ambitious Total Electrification Scheme.
“The Chief Minister will make the declaration at the Mananchira Maidan, Kozhikode,” Electricity Minister M M Mani said on Thursday. ‘’We expected one lakh applicants, but the number has exceeded 1.5 lakh. The Power Department has also provided 4.7 lakh new electric connections in the first year of... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Ashok Leyland to grow electric vehicle business

Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland has undertaken a "three-pronged strategy" for developing its electric vehicle business and was significantly ramping up production in this regard, a top official said today.

The city-based heavy commercial vehicle maker last year introduced the first 'Made in India' electric bus "Circuit."

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Source: The Economic Times

JSPL's EPC arm joins hands with German emissions control systems major

Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) has announced a technical cooperation agreement of its arm Power Plants Engineers Limited and German emission control systems major - VPC GmbH.

Power Plants Engineers Limited provides engineering, procurement and construction services to JSPL.

JSPL said the engagement... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India reaffirms commitment to renewable energy

India on Thursday reaffirmed its commitment to renewable energy with the promise to expand into all forms of energy that can reduce carbon footprint.

“India is fully committed to renewable energy for our future development, as are the Pacific island countries,” Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said in his keynote address at the ‘India-Pacific Islands Sustainable Development Conference’ being... Read more..

Source: The Navhind Times

Business Environmental Performance Initiative, myclimate Foundation to mitigate CO2 emission in supply chain

Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), an initiative supporting companies to enhance the environmental performance of their global supply chains, has joined hands with myclimate Foundation, a Swiss initiative working for effective climate protection.

The partnership is built on a common understanding of the importance of addressing climate change in global supply chains and aims to further... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Becomes First IT Company to Set Science-Based Targets for Supply Chain

To meet the growing demand for connectivity while managing emissions throughout the value chain, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has launched the world’s first comprehensive supply chain management program based on climate science. The initiative will provide suppliers with the tools they need to develop a customized plan to reduce emissions and drive a global standard for supplier greenhouse gas engagement and reduction.

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Source: Sustainable Brands

New chemical can cut vehicle emission to zero: Inventors

A group of five people has claimed to have invented a chemical that can substantially reduce pollution caused by gases emitted by vehicles plying on roads. If successful, the invention could address the concerns of World Health Organisation (WHO) which said over 14 lakh existing vehicles with 300 hitting the streets daily in India were the main cause of air pollution.

The team which worked on the project... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Solar street light launching programme held in Tuensang, Nagaland

Solar street light launching programme was held at Phinjang Sector Community hall, St. John, Tuensang on May 24, with Deputy Commissioner (DC) Tuensang, AlemJongshi as the chief guest.

The solar street installation was sponsored by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy MNRE, Government of India and implemented by Directorate of New and Renewable Energy DNRE, Government of Nagaland.
The launching... Read more..

Source: Eastern Mirror

Mohali civic body begins work on waste management plant

With the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) giving Rs 30 crore to the Mohali administration for acquiring land at Samgholi village for a solid waste management plant, the Mohali Municipal Corporation (MMC) has started its ground work in this direction.

Mayor Kulwant Singh said a total of Rs 33 crore has been given by GMADA for the purpose.

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Source: The Tribune

Government okays raising of Rs 2,360 crore through bonds for renewable energy projects

The government today approved raising of Rs 2,360 crore through bonds for renewable energy projects in the current fiscal.

"The Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval to raising of bonds of Rs 2,360 crore for renewable energy," Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said in a statement.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Bihar Policy for Promotion of New and Renewable Energy Sources - 2017 approved

The government today approved the Bihar Policy for Promotion of New and Renewable Energy Sources - 2017 aiming to build a capacity to generate 2,969MW solar power, 244MW bio-fuel energy and 220MW hydel power in the state by 2022.

The approval came at a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister Nitish Kumar at the state secretariat. However, the date from which the new policy will come into effect is yet to... Read more..

Source: The Telegraph

Haryana Government to set up renewable energy project at Jhajjar

While China Light & Power has offered to join hands with the Haryana Government in setting up a Rs 500-crore renewable energy project at Jhajjar, global majors, including United Technologies, Carrier, Everstone Logistics and CISCO have evinced keen interest in making investments in such fields as logistics, development of smart cities and sustainable solutions, and setting up a skill development centre.

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Source: The Economic Times

India’s top energy research bodies come together to develop next-gen fuel resources

In a first of its kind move, India has brought forward its top energy research agencies which are working together to develop the next generation of fuel resources for cutting edge commercial applications.

The three state-owned research bodies include the Indian Railways’ alternate fuel arm Indian Railways Organisation for Alternate Fuels (IROAF), Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) Dehradun and National... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Piyush Goyal unveils solar mini grids project at AfDB meet

 As part of the government's initiatives to take renewable energy to remote places, union minister for new and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal on Wednesday launched the solar mini-grids project during 52nd annual meet of African Development Bank (AfDB) at Gandhinagar.

The solar mini grid project entails mini grid systems that foresee renewable energy-based power generation with capacity of 10 Kw and above,... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Hitachi enters Indian solar market with CleanMax Solar

Japanese electronics and instrumentation major Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation has announced its entry into the Indian solar market, in collaboration with Mumbai-headquartered CleanMax Solar India. The two companies will “jointly offer high-end rooftop solar solutions to Japanese companies across India.”

CleanMax Solar’s Managing Director, Kuldeep Jain, told BusinessLine today that the MoU is “the... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Overall power shortage down to 0.7 per cent in 2016-17: Government

The government today said that the energy shortage has came down to 0.7 per cent in 2016-17.

"Energy Shortage reduced from 4.2 per cent in 2013-14 to 0.7 per cent in 2016-17," the power ministry said in a statement.

The energy shortage in 2014 was 42,428 MU (million units) (4.2 per cent), which came down to... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Vivobarefoot Uses Algae to Make Footwear

Vivobarefoot’s new shoes are designed to give back to the environment.

The London-based footwear brand announced Tuesday a new partnership with performance-based materials manufacturer Bloom. The Vivobarefoot x Bloom collaboration will start using Bloom’s algae-EVA foams in Vivobarefoot’s Ultra shoes.

Bloom... Read more..

Source: VAMP FOOTWEAR

NGT orders closure of 76 units in Bengaluru

 The National Green Tribunal has directed authorities to ensure the closure of 76 polluting industries around Bengaluru’s Bellandur Lake.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed the city’s Deputy Commissioner and the authorities concerned to ensure immediate disconnection of water and electricity supply to these industries.

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Source: Business Line

CPI (M) to take Hussainsagar Nala Problem matters to Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board

The leaders of Communist Party of India (Marxist) city unit along with the local residents of Ashok Nagar and Dhobi Ghat decided to take the Hussainsagar nala problem to the notice of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) MD M Dana Kishore for immediate action and also requested for Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K Taraka Rama Rao to look into the problem.

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Source: The Hans India

Combating climate change could boost G20 economies, OECD says

Tackling climate change could boost the world's 20 biggest economies by nearly 5 percent in 2050, compared to a continuation of current policies, the Paris-based OECD said on Tuesday.

Investing $6.9 trillion per year in clean infrastructure between 2016 and 2030 in G20 countries would help limit global temperature rise to below 2 degrees Celsius as agreed by world leaders in Paris in 2015, the Organisation... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Tata Power's renewable energy capacity crosses 2,000 MW mark

Tata Power today said that its renewable business registered a healthy profit, while surpassing the 2,000 MW operating capacity mark with about 500 MW under construction.

In keeping with its commitment to generate 30 per cent to 40 per cent power by 2025 through renewable sources of energy, the company added 1,350 MW of renewable capacity during the year, Tata Power said in a statement.

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Source: The Economic Times

Adani Green Energy defers its polysilicon manufacture plans

Adani Green Energy has deferred its plans for manufacturing polysilicon, the basic material of solar panels and modules, in absence of promised incentives from the government.

Adani’s 1,200 MW panel-cum-module manufacturing unit is the largest in the country but is facing a huge hurdle. “The module manufacturing unit is running at only 40% capacity because of lack of demand,” said a person close to the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Mahindra and Mahindra lines up mega expansion in electric vehicles

Mahindra and Mahindra is building electric vehicles that will cover 300 kms on a single charge -more than double of what it currently offers -as the home-grown automaker looks to go on an overdrive in the zero-emissions category with new passenger cars and commercial vehicles.

The company , the only manufacturer of fully-electric cars in India, also plans a mega boost to its production capacity of e-vehicles... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Uttar Pradesh government to take action against sugar mills flouting NGT norms

The Uttar Pradesh government will take stern action against sugar factories that flout green norms and are spreading pollution, the state sugarcane development minister Suresh Rana warned today. “The government will deal sternly with sugar mills flouting NGT (National Green Tribunal) norms and those spreading pollution,” Rana told reporters here.

The minister also said that out of the 116 sugar mills, 56... Read more..

Source: Financial Express