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Month on, agencies yet to file dust pollution report in Haryana

Even a month after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to compile and submit a report on steps being taken to control dust pollution, the civic agencies — MCG and Huda — have failed to provide any details to the board yet.

The green panel had on August 5 instructed the pollution board to submit the report, which should be compiled by civic agencies,... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Governor Jerry Brown in California signs sweeping legislation to combat climate change

California will become a petri dish for international efforts to slow global warming under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, forcing one of the world’s largest economies to squeeze into a dramatically smaller carbon footprint.

“What we’re doing here is farsighted, as well as far-reaching,” Brown said at a signing ceremony at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in downtown Los Angeles. “California is... Read more..

Source: Los Angeles Times

Air pollution cost India 8.5% of its GDP in 2013: study

Measures to safeguard the environment are often considered to be economic spoilers as they entail putting restrictions on economic activity such as shutting a polluting factory or scrapping old vehicles. What is not taken into account while making these calculations is the cost imposed on people living in regions where pollution and environmental degradation is higher.

The cost of air pollution:... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Bosch eyes industrial clients to build on solar portfolio

German engineering and electronics major Bosch India will focus on setting up rooftop solar plants for its industrial clients, while remaining cautious towards utility scale projects.

“The enterprise category or industrial clients are our focus category (for setting up solar power projects). That is where we think there will be a big change over a period of time. Distributed energy generation cuts down on... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Asia-Pacific developing nations' wind power capacity seen to double in 10 years

Annual power capacity from wind is expected to more than double by 2025 in the Asia Pacific region as more developing countries, including the Philippines, tend to adopt such power resource.

Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Assembly and Chair of the Council of Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), noted that most of this growth would take place in Japan, Australia and India.

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Source: Interaksyon

Kozhikode corporation to get roads made of plastic waste

City corporation will get roads made of plastic waste before the end of current financial year. Engineering wing of the city corporation has been working on a proposal to execute the government direction which asked to make use of plastic waste for the road works for the effective disposal of generated plastic waste in its limit.

The civic body will carry out the road works using plastic waste on an... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

No green nod yet for smart city around Navi Mumbai airport

The proposed new airport at Navi Mumbai has hit a minor hurdle with the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) withholding clearances for the Pushpak Nagar layout, a greenfield smart city around the airport. The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) of India, which is the planning authority for the Navi Mumbai airport, is now considering tweaking the rehabilitation plan for the Pushpak Nagar layout to avoid further delays.

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Source: The Hindu

UPM researchers use textile fibre waste in construction

Female researchers from the School of Architecture at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have developed panels for construction of buildings, with textile waste materials, to improve the thermal and acoustic conditions of buildings and reduce the energy impact associated with the production of construction materials and greenhouse gases emissions.

The panels obtained by using this method are lighter... Read more..

Source: Technical Textiles

Gujarat tops; Maharastra lags far behind in the state discom list

The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL) has been placed at 14th position in the latest annual integrated rankings of state distribution utilities in India. A year ago, the MSEDCL was ranked at sixth place by the ministry suggesting deterioration within a year. The company has been accorded B+ grade alongside with the state utilities of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Bengal. Even as Maharashtra government consistently claims being a power surplus state and promises 24X7 supply to farmers, the... Read more..

Source: DNA India

Waste treatment: 2 plants to yield 400 million litres non-potable water in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, as part of its Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP), is planning to set up two large plants, one at Worli and the other at Bandra.

The projects, which will cost the civic body at least Rs 1,500 crore each, will yield at least 400 million litres of tertiary treated water which the civic body can sell as non-potable water.

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Source: Indian Express

National Green Tribunal hearing on Ganga pollution today

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) will commence hearing on Ganga pollution from Friday.

The hearing will take place in two parts, according to Regional Pollution Control Board officials.

In the first part, NGT will discuss the reports of Central Pollution Control board (CPCB) and in second part it would... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Himachal promoting reuse of development project-waste

To protect the environment and conserve minerals, the Himachal Pradesh government is promoting reuse of waste generated from developmental activities, an official said on Sunday.
The government has decided to permit use of raw material and waste generated by stone crushers at projects such as construction of roads, tunnels and power projects, a government official said.
He said this would not only help in curbing illegal mining but also meeting the growing demand for minerals in... Read more..


Narendra Modi government looks at ashrams to harness solar power

The sun may be nature's measureless bounty, but the government feels a little help from spiritual gurus can go a long way in making mortals realise its value.

In a bid to promote its target of creating 40,000MW of rooftop solar power capacity, the Union new and renewable energy ministry is roping in religious and interfaith gurus to demonstrate the virtues of green energy and set an example by ensuring that... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

No decision yet on ratifying Paris climate change pact: India

India on Thursday made it clear that no decision to ratify the Paris climate change agreement has been taken so far as its domestic processes in this regard were still underway.

“Government has made no decision as yet on ratifying the Paris Agreement. Domestic processes in this regard are still underway. A decision will be taken only when they are completed,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

'Swachh Neer' project between India, France aims to tackle water scarcity

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) on Thursday announced a project -- titled "Swachh Neer - Une Vie Meilleure" (a better life) -- to develop technologies for recycling and recovery of waste water to combat growing water scarcity.

UPES is a recognised and accredited educational institution by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).... Read more..

Source: Yahoo News

Sikkim tops in coverage of Swachh Bharat

Close to two years after the launch of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in October 2014, Sikkim has emerged on top, while Bihar has been placed at the bottom among States in the rankings for coverage of Swachh Bharat (Rural).

As per the rankings of the 75 selected districts, released by the Rural Development Ministry here on Thursday, Sikkim (West) and Himachal Pradesh (Mandi) are top performers in 22 hilly... Read more..

Source: Business Line

New tool can calculate renewable energy output anywhere in the world

Researchers have created an interactive web tool to estimate the amount of energy that could be generated by wind or solar farms at any location.

The tool, called, aims to make the task of predicting renewable output easier for both academics and industry.

The creators, from Imperial... Read more..

Source: Imperial College London
Subject Tags: energy, innovation, Technology

Russian revolutionary filters use light to purify air

Across the world, people everywhere grapple with exhaust fumes, carbon monoxide, toxic household and industrial organic compounds, tobacco smoke and unpleasant smells, as well as with viruses and pathogenic bacteria. A variety of filter systems are used, from mechanical to coal-based, to neutralize these toxic airborne pollutants and threats. 

Photo-catalytic filters, which have a porous titanium dioxide... Read more..

Source: Russia and India Report

India’s Punjab tendering for 15MW of canal top solar PV projects

Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for 15MW of grid-connected solar PV proejcts on canal tops.

In an RfP document entitled ‘Golden Opoortunity – Canal top solar projects – Punjab’, PEDA said the projects would receive government funding of up to 30% of the project costs.

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Source: PV-Tech

NGT directs Delhi, UP govt to act against unauthorized industries

The National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments to take action against unauthorized industrial units running in residential areas on the outskirts of the national capital.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has the power to act against such illegal units and it can even pass specific directions with regard to... Read more..

Source: Economic Times
Subject Tags: industry news, NGT

Dutch assistance to clean the Yamuna

India is collaborating with the Netherlands to clean the Yamuna.

A consortium of scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D) and The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) are teaming up with their peers from the Delft University of Technology, Wageningten University and the Vrije Unversiteit in the Netherlands to set up a network of sewage treatment plants that will clean wastewater in... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

India, Canada broaden energy dialogue to cover renewables

India and Canada are broadening their energy dialogue to cover nuclear energy and renewables besides traditional hydrocarbon sources of energy as Ottawa hopes to emerge as Delhi's key energy provider across all sectors, according to Canada's Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr. 

"We want to provide solutions to entire energy mix from hydrocarbon to nuclear to renewables as envisaged by the Modi government. This is the reason we want to broaden the scope of the energy dialogue," Carr told ET in an exclusive chat here. Carr is in India for the... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

USAID announces five new partnerships in India

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced five new partnerships, four of which are with the Government of India, to expand Indo-US cooperation on clean energy, environment and climate change. 

During the US-IndiaJoint Working Group on Combating Climate Change, USAID also announced its collaboration with the Forest Survey of India(FSI) to strengthen the latter's capacity to better... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

MNRE to approach Cabinet for doubling solar parks capacity

The Ministry Of New And Renewable Energy (MNRE) will soon seek approval from the Cabinet to scale up the capacity of solar parks in the country to 40,000 MW from 20,000 MW at present, New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathy today said.

Speaking at the inaugural session of the Renewable Energy India Expo 2016, Tripathy further said the government would tender out 20,000 Megawatt of solar capacity... Read more..

Subject Tags: renewable energy, solar

BCA and Microsoft unveil smart portal for chillers

Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on Wednesday unveiled a new software tool that will help building managers and owners make chiller plants more energy efficient.

Developed in partnership with American software giant Microsoft, the tool—known as the Chiller Efficiency Smart Portal—will use cutting-edge internet of things technology such as data analytics and cloud computing to monitor... Read more..

Source: Eco-Business