Sustainability Outlook Headlines

Greater Noida: Central pollution control board to probe groundwater pollution

The Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB) on Wednesday said that it has asked the central pollution control board (CPCB) and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) to determine contamination of groundwater in the villages of Greater Noida.
 
The UPPCB wrote to the Centre for a detailed study, after villagers alleged that the groundwater was so contaminated that it was causing cancer. Villagers alleged that cases of cancer were on the rise in Sadopur, Achheja, Sadullapur, Bishnuli, Dujana and Chhaprolla villages.
 

Source: Hindustan Times

AP plans LED street lights for all civic bodies

The Andhra Pradesh Government is planning to have LED street lights in all the civic bodies in the state - municipalities as well as corporations - in the next 3-5 years, and the State is also promoting LED lights for domestic use.
 
Saurabh Kumar, the Managing Director of the pubic sector Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), implementing the ambitious project, told reporters here on Tuesday that it would result in 50 per cent energy saving and in monetary terms it may amount to Rs. 4,000 crores in all sectors.
 

Source: Business Line- The Hindu

Seeing red about going green

When the idea of “green” architecture was introduced some years ago, the construction industry viewed it with resentment and scorn. But with public appreciation growing for environmental concerns, builders and architects have been quick to post their structures as environment-friendly. Many new buildings have been built with some respect for the environment, but the “green” tag is more often misrepresented than truly understood and applied.
 

Source: FrontLine

Germany wants to help India in Ganga rejuvenation plan

Germany is the latest country to show interest in the Narendra Modi government's Ganga rejuvenation plan. The European nation has an impressive record in cleaning its rivers and has expressed readiness to join hands with the issue here.
 
Delhi seems keen. "Since it has successfully undertaken rejuvenation projects for rivers like the Rhine, India is considering taking the benefit of its expertise in the field," said a finance ministry official, requesting anonymity.
 

Source: Business Standard

India welcomes G-20's endorsement of energy efficiency

For India, a small yet important success has come in the form of the G-20's endorsement of energy efficiency as important to ensuring sustainable development and growth, and the push to industrialised countries to provide and "mobilise" finance to address climate change, including contributing to the Green Climate Fund.
 
The G-20 meet that concluded in Brisbane on Sunday also made it explicit that its efforts to address climate change would be in line with the decisions taken by countries in the UN-sponsored negotiations.
 

Source: Economic Times

Biogas gensets for Delhi waste water treatment plant

A new waste water treatment plant in Delhi, India is set to process up to 91 million litres of waste water daily features three biogas-fired gensets. Developers of the Nilothi plant (pictured) placed an order for three Caterpillar Energy Solutions/MWM TCG 2020 V16 series units via MWM’s Indian distributor, Green Power International Pvt Ltd.

Source: Penn Energy

Increased global shipping has caused pollution on open seas

Owing to growing international trade, maritime traffic on the world's oceans has increased four-fold over the past 20 years, causing more water, air and noise pollution on the open seas, says a new research. In the Indian Ocean, where the world's busiest shipping lanes are located, ship traffic grew by more than 300 percent over the 20 year period, the findings showed.
 

Source: Zee News

False promise of nuclear power

The need for costly upgrades post-Fukushima and for making the nuclear industry competitive, including by cutting back on generous government subsidies, underscore nuclear power’s dimming future. New developments highlight the growing travails of the global nuclear-power industry. France — the “poster child” of atomic power — plans to cut its nuclear-generating capacity by a third by 2025 and focus instead on renewable sources, like its neighbours, Germany and Spain.

Source: The Hindu

India welcomes G-20's endorsement of energy efficiency

For India, a small yet important success has come in the form of the G-20's endorsement of energy efficiency as important to ensuring sustainable development and growth, and the push to industrialised countries to provide and "mobilise" finance to address climate change, including contributing to the Green Climate Fund.
 
The G-20 meet that concluded in Brisbane on Sunday also made it explicit that its efforts to address climate change would be in line with the decisions taken by countries in the UN-sponsored negotiations.
 

Source: Economic Times

Global tech giants gear up for Digital India road map

Technology giants across India and abroad are eyeing the road map for the Digital India project. The Centre has approved the blueprint for the project in August, which is expected to attract investments upward of Rs 1,00,000 crore over the next three-four years.
 
According to media reports, Cisco, the networking giant, has earmarked $1.7 billion for investment this year in India. Other players such as Google, Microsoft, HP, IBM, TCS and Wipro are also gearing up with their offerings.
 

Source: Business Standard