Sustainability Outlook Headlines

G20 urges 'strong and effective action' on climate change

The world's most powerful economies Sunday urged "strong and effective action" on climate change, catapulting the issue onto the final statement of G20 talks despite pressure from Australia to stick to economic matters. 
The grouping, which includes the world's worst greenhouse gas polluters the United States and China, also threw their support behind a United Nations fund aimed at helping poorer countries deal with the problem. 

Source: Economic Times

50MW solar thermal power plant comissioned in Andhra Pradesh

MGPL, part of city-base Megha Engineering Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) today announced commissioning of its 50MW solar thermal power plant, built at a cost of Rs 848 crore in Andhra Pradesh. Spread over an area of 600 acres, the plant in Anantpur district contributes 110 million units of Solar Power.

Source: Economic Times

ITC wind farms in AP caught in ‘cross fire'

Wind energy farms set up by ITC Limited are caught in the ‘cross fire’ between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana over wheeling issue.
The diversified corporate house, which has set up a series of wind farms to meet its internal requirements, is forced to pump the power generated into the grid for the past few months as there is lack of mechanism to wheel the power to its manufacturing units.

Source: Business Line- The Hindu

Cadila, Inox Wind to invest Rs. 800 crore in Madhya Pradesh

Two major companies, Cadila and Inox Wind, have drawn up plans to make big investments in Madhya Pradesh. Cadila, which plans to invest about Rs. 500 crore to set up a pharmaceutical unit in the newly developed industrial area in Jhabua district, has been allocated 95-acre land by the state government while Inox Wind, which eyes investment of more than Rs. 300 crore in setting up wind energy equipment plant in Barwani district has been allocated 42-acre land.

Source: Hindustan Times

Bamboo lends itself to be in eco-friendly loo

After deriving music, health food and chic furniture from bamboo, a research centre in Auroville is now looking to promote eco-friendly toilets entirely made from the wonder grass.
The Auroville Bamboo Centre (ABC) led by Bala Sundaram has been pushing the envelope as far as possible in diversifying the range of bamboo products.

Source: The Hindu

Odisha pollution board seals two units of JSL plant at Kalinganagar

Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) today sealed the Cold Rolling Mill (CRM) and Coke Oven units of one-million-tonne per annum (MTPA) steel plant of Jindal Stainless Ltd (JSL) at Kalinganagar industrial complex in Jajpur district on charges of repeated violations of pollution norms.
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Source: Odisha Sun Times

Power-starved UP mulls ban on incandescent bulbs

Uttar Pradesh may soon ban the use of incandescent light bulbs, becoming the first state in the country to do so. The state designated agency (SDA) under the planning wing of the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) is planning to send a proposal to the UP government to ban the use of these bulbs which consume 10 times more power than LEDs.

Source: Times of India

India Shocks Australia, To Stop Coal Imports In 2-3 Years

India has witnessed a steady increase of coal imports in recent times. As of last week, 60 of India’s 103 power plants had only enough coal for less than a week’s usage. With the domestic coal supply chain in shambles, imports have been an easy way out. As a result, imports have risen from 10% of domestic coal demand five years ago to well over 20% in the last year.

Source: Clean Technica

In a first, Delhi University college sets up handmade paper recycling unit

Delhi University's Zakir Hussain College has launched a waste minimisation initivative by setting up a handmade paper recycling unit, the first of its kind programme by any college of the pretigious varsity.
"We have decided not to purchase any paper for official use now, we will recycle it here on campus and use it for all files and other purposes," said Principal Dr Pervaiz Aslam. The college has set up a handmade paper laboratory with an investment of around Rs 4 Lakh. The lab has two units-pulp maker and press.

Source: DNA India

Why The U.S.-China CO2 Deal Is An Energy, Climate, And Political Gamechanger

The historic new U.S.-China climate deal changes the trajectory of global carbon pollution emissions, greatly boosting the chances for a global deal in Paris in 2015. The deal would keep, cumulatively, some 640 billion tons of CO2 emissions out of the air this century, according to brand new analysis by Climate Interactive and MIT, using their C-ROADS model.


Source: Think Progress