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Procter & Gamble to Partner with Indian Government in Clean India Mission

Procter & Gamble global chief executive David Taylor met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to discuss the company's manufacturing initiatives in the country and partnership opportunities in education and the government's cleanliness drive.

In line with P&G's global sustainability goals, the company said it has offered to help the country's Clean India Initiative (Swachh Bharat Abhiyan)... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

India to develop its own palm oil sustainability framework-trade body

India, the world's biggest importer of edible oils, will develop its own sustainability framework for palm oil production considering the domestic ecology, a leading trade body said on Tuesday.

Mumbai-based Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA) said it has tied up with Hong Kong-based Solidaridad for developing a sustainability framework for India since the local environment and farming practices... Read more..

Source: The Business Times

Govt to focus on reducing water, power use by half in 20 years

Reducing water and power use by half and promoting renewable energy and public transport are "key elements" of the government's urban development strategy for the next 20 years, according to a report released today.

Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister M Venkaiah Naidu released the India Habitat III-National Report on World Habitat Day today, ahead of the UN Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecuador... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: power, renewable energy, water

US urges WTO to enforce report on India's solar product policy

The US has said it will urge the World Trade Organisation to enforce the panel and appellate reports that found India's policies "discriminatory" against American solar products. 

The US Trade Representative yesterday also called for a special WTO meeting to adopt a compliance panel report that found the European Union guilty of maintaining illegal subsidies to Airbus. 

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: india, renewable, solar, USA, WTO

Untreated effluents: Pollution board seeks report from MC

Getting no reply from the municipal corporation (MC) regarding 12 outlets through which untreated effluent is being allegedly released in Buddah Nullah, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has written another letter to the civic body for giving a report regarding the same at the earliest.

Following a complaint by a resident, Rohit Sabharwal, in July against 12 identified outlets, the CPCB had asked... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

ADB to fund millions of LED lights, pumps across India

Multilateral lending agency Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday said it will extend a $200 million loan to India for installation of energy-efficient home and street lights, and water pumps.

The entire exercise could save energy to the tune of 3,800 gigawatt-hours per year.

"Energy efficiency is by far... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Centre asks Haryana govt to restart Bandhwari waste treatment plant

The ministry of urban development has asked the Haryana government to restart the defunct waste treatment plant at Bandhwari the earliest.

The directive was issued by minister of state for urban development Rao Inderjit Singh, who is also the Gurgaon MP, while launching a Swachh Bharat Mission programme in the city on Monday. The ministry of urban development, according to sources, has taken serious note of... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Delhi tops most polluted megacity list, says WHO

Delhi's air is the worst among world megacities, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed recently, even as IndiaSpend's #breathe network of air-quality sensors reported fine-particulate-matter (PM2.5) levels were almost four times above daily safe levels, on average, for the seven-day period from September 22 to 28, 2016.

For long-term exposure, these 24-hour levels are nearly 11 times above the WHO... Read more..

Source: Business Standard
Subject Tags: air pollution, WHO

Waste disposal goes digital as Jamshedpur gets smart dustbins

Municipal waste management has now become smart, with garbage collection and disposal going digital in Jamshedpur, the first city in the country to do so. Jamshedpur Utility Services and Company (Jusco), a Tata Steel subsidiary, launched e-dustbins in the city. These dustbins are fitted with sensors which send alerts to a central command room when 75% full.

Jusco managing director Ashish Mathur launched the... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Neeri’s stove reduces smoke, promises better rural health

With World Health Organisation (WHO) identifying indoor pollution being significantly responsible for the declining rural health and high mortality rate in India, National Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (Neeri) has developed ‘Neerdhur’, a novel multi-fuel domestic cooking stove.

“The unique thing of the stove is that apart from wood, other fuel like coal, cowdung and agricultural residue... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Stella McCartney shares first global environmental profit-and-loss account for 2015

There was a dancing finale at Stella McCartney, an arm-waving conga followed by a West Side Story-style dance-off, where both sides were in fact pleather-wearing vegetarians who loved each other dearly. It had been choreographed in two hours the night before the show, and the models were surprisingly co-ordinated. It was a great start to the week.

The 45-year-old designer has reasons to be cheerful. The... Read more..

Source: Financial Times

India joins Paris Climate Change Agreement, submits instrument of ratification at UN headquarters

India formally joined the Paris Climate Change Agreement by submitting its instrument of ratification at UN headquarters in New York on Sunday - the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The instrument of ratification was deposited by India's permanent representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin. 

By putting Gandhi seal on the climate deal, the country will now urge the global community to adopt 'Gandhian way... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tough penalty for flouting green power obligations

The power ministry may impose stricter penalties on state utilities that refuse to comply with renewable power purchase obligations, power minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday. Goyal though said he was talking to the utilities and that he hoped he would be able to bring them on board. 

The Centre aims to set up 1.75 lakh MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. any of these utilities have been flouting... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

European Union decides to ratify Paris climate deal; Climate deal will enter into force in November

Two days after the India's highest decision making body - Union Cabinet - gave its approval to the country's move to ratify the Paris Agreement, the ministers of 28 European countries too on Friday jointly approved the ratification of the global climate deal by the European Union (EU). 

The decision was reached at an extraordinary meeting of the Environment Council in Brussels. The decision will now go to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

UDAY a success: India's power distribution system shows clear signs of revival

India’s power distribution system is showing concrete signs of revival and lower operational losses as chronically inefficient states have significantly narrowed the gap between cost and revenue, reduced unmetered supply and are planning large bond issues in 10 days. 

Officials say of the 16 states part of the Centre’s distribution utility revival scheme-—Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojna (UDAY) —at least eight... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: distribution, power, UDAY Scheme

10 MLD waste released in Ganga daily in Mirzapur, NGT told

Almost 10 million litres of untreated waste water is being directly pumped into Ganga every day only in Mirzapur from five big drains, the National Green Tribunal has been informed.

"There are five big drains which are the main cause of pollution of river Ganga in Mirzapur. At present there is 28.8 MLD sewerage production in municipal corporation of Mirzapur. There are two sewage treatment plants in the city... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Indian NGO bags UN climate award for clean energy project

An Indian NGO, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, has bagged the UN climate award this year. The NGO, which trains women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and Bihar, is one of the 13 projects to be recognised at the forthcoming UN climate summit in Marrakesh in November.

In an official release, the UNFCCC, the nodal UN climate body, has applauded this project for building a rural distribution... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

CPM asks government to announce industrial policy

Coming down heavily on the state government, CPM state secretary P Madhu has alleged that chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu is giving permission for industries with high pollution levels, endangering the lives of millions of people in the state. He has demanded that the state government come out with the industrial policy as there is no place for agro-based industries in the government's plans.

Speaking to... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: Industry, policy, pollution

Food additive key to environmentally friendly, efficient, plastic solar cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have created an efficient, semi-printed plastic solar cell without the use of environmentally hazardous halogen solvents. These solar cells can be manufactured at room temperature, which has implications for large-scale commercial production.

Plastic solar cells, or organic photovoltaics, are popular because they are... Read more..

Source: Science Daily


A large percentage of waste generated by the city can be recovered and used as a cheaper source of energy, according to a paper by Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru.

The paper -- recently presented at a conference organised by SJB Institute of Technology and Indian Water Works Association, Bengaluru Centre -- said that Bengaluru generates around 3,000-4,000 tonnes of solid waste every day and 72... Read more..

Source: Bangalore Mirror

Mrida lights up 9 Villages in Uttar Pradesh under Mahindra & & Mahindra MPowered Village Prog

After the successful completion of the Mahindra MPowered Village initiative in two villages of Kushinagar, which used energy access through Solar Power as a tool for development, Mrida has rolled out the same initiative at the district level, focusing on 9villages at one go. Mrida has now ensured that these Mahindra MPowered villages are lit up, benefitting more than 185 households.
Mrida is a Social Business Venture that seeks to build sustainable and scalable, financially viable business... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

HIMURJA provides over 37,000 solar cookers

State-run Himachal Pradesh Energy Development Authority or HIMURJA has provided over 37,000 solar cookers in the state as part of its renewable energy programme, an official said on Sunday.

To provide cleaner energy for households and replace traditional dependence on wood-based heating systems, it has provided 37,339 box-type solar cookers and 755 dish-type pressure cookers, an official statement here said... Read more..


PM to sign declaration for a clean India today

Ahead of the second anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission on October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will sign a declaration reiterating the commitment to ensure Open Defecation Free and Clean India.

Modi will inaugurate India Sanitation Conference (INDOSAN) on Friday and address Chief Ministers, Ministers, elected representatives of people, District Collectors, Municipal Commissioners of 500 Atal Mission... Read more..

Source: Business Line

NTPC on course to executing 1GW solar park in AP

NTPC Ltd is on course to implementing the country’s largest 1 GW (1000 MW) solar photo-voltaic power generation park at Kadiri in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

Phase one of the project of 250 MW has been completed and has commenced power generation. The balance 750 MW will be completed by next fiscal, once all the clearances are secured and power purchase agreements inked, V.B. Fadnavis, Regional... Read more..

Source: Khabar India

Meghalaya seeks Assam cooperation to produce energy from waste

Power-starved Meghalaya wants to jointly produce energy with Assam from waste and garbage generated by the two neighbouring states.

"I had shared my idea with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to jointly produce energy from toxic waste and garbage," Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said.

He was... Read more..