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Hartek Power bags 330-MW solar projects,on track to hit target

Leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Hartek Power today said it bagged sub-station orders for 330-MW solar projects across the country in the June quarter.

With this, the Chandigarh-based Hartek Power is set to connect 500-MW solar projects to the grid in 2016-17, said a company statement here.

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Source: The Economic Times

Dutch textile agreement gathers momentum

G-Star Raw, O'Neill Europe and C&A Netherlands are among the 57 textile brands and retailers which have now signed the Dutch Agreement on a Sustainable Garment and Textile Sector. The agreement, which as we reported this week now has the endorsement of the Foreign Trade Association, has also been signed by the The Sustainable Trade Initiative, the Fair Wear Foundation and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Dutch Minister Ploumen this week met with Tamar Hoek of Solidaridad Europe and other... Read more..

Source: Eco Textile
Subject Tags: sustainability, Textiles

Indian solar facing first curtailments in Tamil Nadu

Developers have experienced curtailment of solar power in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, according to India’s Solar Power Developers Association (SPDA).

While wind power has faced curtailment in the past, now solar energy is being curtailed for the first time, sometimes in the range of 50-100% during peak generation periods, Mitali Ghosh, SPDA assistant secretary general, confirmed to PV Tech.... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

3D microbial fuel cells to create environment-friendly power

Scientists have found that three-dimensional paper-based microbial fuel cells can create power in an environmentally-friendly way without the use of any outside power.

"All power created in this device is usable because no electricity is needed to run the fluids through the device. This is crucial in the advancement of these devices and the expansion of their applications," said senior author Nastaran... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: fuel cell, innovation, power

57% of new buildings in India will be 'green' by 2018, 2nd highest globally: Study

India will soon have the second highest number of green buildings in a country globally at 57% by 2018, rising from 37% at present, just behind South Africa at 61%, says a new study.

Environmental regulation has been rated as the most important trigger by a majority of survey respondents (52%) for constructing new green buildings in the country, according to World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket... Read more..

Source: ET Realty

Chattisgarh to add 2,640 MW renewable energy by 2018-19

Chhattisgarh is planning to add 2,640 MW of additional renewable energy capacity by financial year 2018-19, officials informed.

The State currently has total renewable energy potential of 4,500 MW which includes solar (grid connected and roof top), wind biomass and small hydro.

The State has also planned to... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

All public transport vehicles to ply on CNG from November in Allahabad

Come November, all public transport vehicles or three-wheelers would ply on bio fuel, compressed natural gas (CNG). This will help reduce pollution in the city.

Gujarat-based private company in collaboration with Indian Oil will open at least six CNG filling stations for the purpose, of which three will be operational from November 1.

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Source: ET Auto

38 per cent sustainability labelled fashion at KappAhl

In one year, KappAhl has increased the proportion of sustainability labelled fashion range with sixty per cent, from 24 to 38 percent.

“Our ambitious sustainability work have produced results,” says CEO Danny Feltmann, who also emphasizes that the work untiringly goes on.

“The goal is for our share of... Read more..

Source: Kappahl
Subject Tags: sustainability, Textiles

Pollution Board to keep an eye on polluting industries

The district pollution board has succeeded in goading major polluting industries in Ghaziabad and Hapur to install online pollution monitoring systems. As per pollution board officials a total of 22 industries under 'most polluting' category have installed a system called Continuous Stack Emission Monitoring Systems (CSEMS) which enables the pollution board to keep a tab on the discharge of effluents on a real time basis without physically visiting the site.

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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: CPCB, industry news, pollution

Asset Optimization to Drive the Next Wave of Energy Efficiency in India

July 5th, 2016, New Delhi

Achieving performance efficiency and cost savings through... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

4,000 MW available in exchanges at around Rs 2 per unit: Piyush Goyal

With the power demand in summer at a peak, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday that electricity is available at exchanges across India, and without network congestion, at rates around Rs 2 per unit.

"Summer afternoon power check: 4,144 MW available at Rs.2.13/unit across India," Goyal said in a tweet.

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Source: ET Energy World

152 villages electrified last week under DDUGJY

152 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 27th June to 3rd July 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 3 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh , 49 in Assam, 54 in Meghalaya ,22 in Jharkhand,3 in Rajasthan,6 in Madhya Pradesh , 10 in Odisha, 4 in Bihar and 1 in Chhattisgarh.

In view of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Government to give Rs 1,800 crore assistance to IIT-B for Solar Urja Lamp

Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said the Centre will provide assistance of Rs 1,800 crore to IIT-Bombay for its Solar Urja Lamp (SoUL) programme.

Under the programme, the institution will disseminate solar lamps to 10 crore school children across the country.

"The mission commissioned with distributing 10... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

PM’s Africa tour to focus on energy, investment

India is hoping to boost its considerable interests in Africa with a four-nation tour to the continent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi starting Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will first visit Mozambique on July 7, followed by South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice-President Hamid Ansari had recently been to Africa.

Brushing aside suggestions that India was trying to compete with China in Africa, the government said cooperation in energy,... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India for action before 2020 to curb emissions

India today underlined the need for countries to take pre-2020 climate actions to curb emissions and sought cooperation among countries in finance and technology sectors to tackle climate change.

“Cooperation is the key for taking (climate) actions. Every country is at a different stage of development. We need cooperation. We have the will to act,” said Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

New law to expedite Namami Gange

The Centre on Monday decided to have an exclusive central law on the country's national river to speed up the process of its rejuvenation through effectively implementing the ambitious 'Namami Gange' programme.

The law, if enacted, will help the Centre to properly negotiate the inter-state nature of works through a coordinated manner. It may also provide the existing National Ganga River Basin Authority (... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Wind power: Suzlon chief Tulsi Tanti says projects under Rs 5 per unit unviable

Tulsi Tanti, chairman of Suzlon Group, one of the country’s largest wind turbine manufacturers, has welcomed the government’s move to award wind power projects through competitive bidding, but has cautioned that the sector would remain competitive only if the tariff remained above Rs 5/unit.

“Tariff has to be at a level so that internal rate of return (IRR) is minimum 14% for bankers to lend to the sector... Read more..

Source: The Financial Express

This indian startup discovered how to make eco-friendly cutlery using sugarcane waste

When travelling across India in the summer (from January to May), travellers will encounter a number of sugarcane juice outlets on the wayside. The juice is extracted using an indigenously-manufactured diesel machine, pushing the bagasse (the fibre residue left after the extraction) out which forms a kind of ‘hill’ in front of the temporarily-erected outlet.

The bagasse, a great natural fertiliser, is... Read more..

Source: Yahoo News

The hole in the ozone layer is finally starting to heal

Sometimes the world really can get together and avert a major environmental catastrophe before it's too late. Case in point: A new study in Science finds evidence that the Earth's protective ozone layer is finally healing — all thanks to global efforts in the 1980s to phase out CFCs and other destructive chemicals.

This is one of the great green success stories of all time. Back in the 1970s, scientists... Read more..

Source: Vox

IMC to set up construction waste plant at Devguradia, in Madhya Pradesh

In a first, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is setting up a construction and demolition debris waste processing facility at Devguradia. The plant with an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore will be set up on public-private partnership (PPP) and will recycle construction waste into bricks, pavers and blocks.

IMC's waste management consultant Asad Warsi said, "This model will help in utilizing tonnes of construction waste generated every day in the city causing health ailments into re-usable... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

ICMR and CEEW tie up to find solar-based healthcare solutions

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a policy research institution, have joined hands to provide effective healthcare delivery at the last mile by reducing uncertainty in critical infrastructure, particularly electricity supply via cost effective solar-based solutions.
According to Dr Soumya Swaminathan, director general, ICMR, the collaboration with CEEW will bring together synergies between the objective of ‘time to care’ as... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Ministry of Environment and Forests relaxes rules for small Rajasthan mines

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has relaxed environment clearance norms for small mineral mines in Rajasthan, which were facing closure following a National Green Tribunal order of June 14.

The relaxation will prevent closure of over 18,000 mines and quarries for want of environmental clearances (EC) and benefit thousands of small mine owners.

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Source: The Indian Express

Maharashtra: Government all set to go solar for agricultural power supply feeder

The state government would try to bring the entire power supply feeder for agriculture on solar panels and would try to install energy efficient pumps for agriculture throughout the state. The initiative would bring down money required for cross subsidy for agriculture, resulting in to bringing down power tariff in the state.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis informed that Maharashtra has biggest burden for... Read more..

Source: Dna India

IREDA & KfW sign € 20 million Loan Agreement

KfW Development Bank and Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) have today signed the 6th Line of Credit (LoC) for € 20 million to be utilized by IREDA for “Access to Energy” by financing Renewable Energy projects in India. The loan period is 12 years with 4 years of grace period. This LoC is on standalone basis without sovereign guarantee from Government of India.

This 6th line from KfW is... Read more..

Source: Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA)
Subject Tags: finance, IREDA, KfW, renewable energy

Modi’s $200 Billion Renewable Push to Fuel Green Bond Bonanza

A $200 billion spending push by India to boost renewable power output will help drive a surge in issuance of green bonds, according to a unit of Citigroup Inc., the country’s largest arranger of offshore note transactions in 2016.

With governments around the world last year agreeing to a new global climate accord, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration has pledged to foster economic production in the... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg