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TN govt signs 59 MoUs for projects worth Rs 35,208 crore (including solar power plants)

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday signed 59 MoUs for projects worth Rs 35,208 crore in various sectors, including areospace and defence, which is set to create job opportunities for 76,795 people. In all, 82 initiatives, comprising 59 MoUs and 13 other projects for which foundation stones were laid and 10 commercial production launches in firms in the state, entails a total investment of Rs 52,549 crore, the government said.

Stalin also laid the foundation stone for 13 new/expansion projects worth Rs 13,413 crore in fields, including solar power plants, manufacture of motor... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi’s IGI Airport to become ‘Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport’ by 2030

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), operated by Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) - a GMR-led consortium, is set to become Net Zero Carbon Emission Airport by 2030, much ahead of the IPCC’s 2050 target adopted by all major industries all over the world. Mr. Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL announced this in a video message displayed by Airport Council International (ACI) in an event during COP26, titled, “Delivering the Net Zero Airport of the Future”. Olivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE, displayed the video in a session at the COP26 Action Hub in... Read more..

Source: DIAL

US extends support to India's target of 20 pc Ethanol blending by 2025

At the twelfth ministerial-level meeting of the India-United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF) in New Delhi on Tuesday, the US marked its support to India's ambitious goal of reaching 20 per cent ethanol blending country in the next five year and expressed an interest in supplying ethanol to India for fuel purposes. "The United States noted its support for India's ambitious goal of reaching 20 percent ethanol blending with petrol by 2025 and expressed an interest in supplying ethanol to India for fuel purposes," a joint statement from the countries informed.

This came as Indian... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

DHL Express is piloting the first hydrogen truck throughout Deutsche Post DHL group

  • Apple is the first customer to test the new logistics solution
  • The truck is part of a European testing program operating between the Netherlands and Belgium
  • The pilot is part of the de-carbonization strategy of Deutsche Post DHL Group

DHL Express, the world's leading international express service provider, is the first within Deutsche Post DHL Group to test hydrogen-fueled trucks for the long haul. Together with its customer Apple, DHL pilots the vehicle between Breda, the Netherlands, and Brussels, Belgium, as part of the Interreg NW Europe program H2-... Read more..


Towards circular wind turbines: LM Wind Power to produce zero waste blades by 2030

LM Wind Power, a GE Renewable Energy business, announces today that it will produce zero waste blades by 2030, a significant milestone for the industry as it seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of its products. The commitment represents a step forward in the company’s sustainability journey after becoming the first carbon neutral business in the wind industry already in 2018. LM Wind Power will play a central role in supporting its customers to develop fully circular wind turbines that generate less waste during their production.

In practice, LM Wind Power’s vision of zero waste... Read more..


India Energy Exchange resumes trading of renewable energy certificates

The Indian Energy Exchange is pleased to announce the resumption in the trading of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) with effect from Wednesday 24 November 2021, after a gap of almost 16 months. The last REC trade session took place in June 2020. The trade has been resumed in line with APTEL’s recent order dated 09.11.2021 and CERC order dated 18.11.2021 Commenting on the development Mr. Rohit Bajaj, Head- Business Development and Senior Vice President, Indian Energy Exchange Limited said, “We are pleased to recommence trade in the REC Market. REC has been a vital market-based instrument... Read more..

Source: IEX

EESL partners MSME ministry, UNIDO, GEF to deploy 35 energy-efficient tech

State-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has partnered with the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to deploy 35 energy-efficient technologies in MSMEs.

New Delhi: State-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has partnered with the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to deploy 35 energy-efficient technologies in MSMEs.

... Read more..
Source: Live Mint

6,000 EV charging stations to be installed on 9 expressways: Union Minister Mahendra Pandey

The government has chosen nine expressways where 6,000 charging stations have been sanctioned and about 3,000 will be installed soon, said Union Minister of Heavy Industries Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey. Referring to the challenges in EV adoption, including the time taken for charging vehicles, he said that charging is the main concern when it comes to the use of EVs.

Pandey was addressing the media after an industry interaction meet organised by the Ministry of Heavy Industries in association with ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

US-India face shared challenges in areas like climate change, vulnerable supply chains: Katherine Tai

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai on Monday said that India and the US face shared challenges in areas like climate change, vulnerable supply chains, and promoting market-oriented principles and structures.
Tai, who is on a two-day visit, attended a welcome reception here hosted by the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal.
While speaking at India-USA Trade Policy Forum 2021, Tai said "India and the US also face shared challenges in areas like climate change, vulnerable supply chains, and promoting market-oriented principles and structures.... Read more..

Source: ANI

BEE asks states to form energy strategies

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is contemplating to formulate a national strategy and action plan to create massive awareness on the significance of energy efficiency measures through the State Designated Agencies (SDAs), including Andhra Pradesh.
As per the BEE, growth in the population is driving the energy... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Kerala to come out with a policy to promote ESG investments: Industries Minister

Kerala is preparing to come out with a first-of-its-kind policy to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments as the southern state focuses on the ease of doing business as well as living to attract more investors.


The state's Industries Minister P Rajeev said experts are being consulted for finalising the policy, wherein the government also plans to provide incentives for ESG investments.

The Left Democratic Front (LDF)-ruled state, where there is scarcity of land and population density is... Read more..

Source: Business Today

India's cleanest city turns waste into fuel, money

Indore was adjudged the cleanest city for the fifth year in a row in the Union government's annual survey on Saturday (Photo: File)

The efforts taken by the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to keep the city clean not only earn it bragging rights as India's cleanest city year after year but also some hard cash.


Indore was adjudged the cleanest city for the fifth year in a row in the Union government's annual survey on Saturday. The IMC earns Rs 8 crore annually from... Read more..

Source: India Today

PSUs lag behind pvt companies on ESG performance

India’s state-run companies continue to lag behind their private peers in environmental, social and governance (ESG) scores, a key criterion for fund allocation by global investors.


ESG data from Acuité Ratings showed that out of Nifty 50 companies, 40% of private sector companies are rated ESG risk A. In contrast, only 14% of public sector units (PSUs) are rated A. Risk A indicates an ESG leader with a largely positive track record of managing material risks.

The analysis showed 48% of private... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

India's switch from fossil fuels to green energy is on course: Hardeep Singh Puri

India's Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri yesterday said that India is on track with its transition from a fossil-fuel-based to a green economy.

Interacting with media in the India Pavilion at EXPO2020, the minister said, "What is happening in India is truly remarkable. In the coming decades, the transition from a fossil-fuel-based economy to a green economy will come from within the existing structure and the oil companies will facilitate that."

Puri also inaugurated the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas section of... Read more..

Source: Times Now

Govt committed to make northeastern states green energy hub of the country: Dharmendra Pradhan

Stating that the Centre is committed to making northeastern states the green energy hub of the country, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that energy export to south-east Asian countries from northeastern states will bring economic empowerment in the region.

"Government of India is committed to make northeastern states the green energy hub of the country. Energy can even be supplied to our neighbours, the south-east Asian countries. That's how economic empowerment will come," said Pradhan while addressing the inauguration of various facilities at IIT... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Swachh Bharat 2.0: NITI Aayog – UNDP hold 1st capacity building workshop for Maharashtra and Goa ULB’s on Sustainable Management of Plastic Waste Management


NITI Aayog and UNDP India today held first regional capacity building workshop for urban local bodies (ULB’s) on sustainable plastic waste management in Mumbai.

The capacity building workshop follows the launch of ‘NITI Aayog-UNDP Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management’, released by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar, CEO Shri Amitabh Kant, Shri. Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Special Secretary Dr K. Rajeswara Rao, and Ms. Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India last month.

Special... Read more..

Source: PIB

India needs constellation of actions to deal with climate change: N K Singh

India needs a constellation of actions to deal with the issue of climate change which cuts across state boundaries, Finance Commission chairman N K Singh said on Wednesday.

Singh said the climate change issue goes far beyond the confines of the Constitution as it has multiple dimensions in terms of agriculture, technology and management of livestocks, economic activity encompassing Centre-State relationship.

In a conversation session with the Chairman and Managing Director of Godrej Industries Nadir B Godrej at CII Global Economic Policy Summit 2021, Singh said the entire... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Union Minister of Heavy Industries inaugurates State-of-the-art Prototype Air Pollution Control Tower developed in-house by BHEL

Union Minister of Heavy IndustriesDr. Mahendra Nath Pandey inaugurated the State of the art, prototype Air Pollution Control Tower (APCT)developed inhouse by BHEL in Noida today, in the presence Minister of State for Power and Heavy Industries Shri Krishan pal Gujar, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, MP, Lok Sabha and former Union Minister, Sh. Surendra Singh Nagar, MP, Rajya Sabha, Sh. Pankaj Singh, MLA, Noida and Sh. Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry of Heavy Industries. Dr. Nalin Shinghal, Chairman & Managing Director, BHEL, Directors on the Board of BHEL, and other senior officials of the... Read more..

Source: PIB

India may be dragging on climate goals, but its EV portal is visionary

India may appear to be stalling on climate goals, having fought to maintain coal use at the COP26 summit and setting faraway targets for cutting emissions. But it’s got one thing right: building awareness about electric vehicles.

Last week in Glasgow, India unveiled E-Amrit, a government-run portal that’s a one-stop shop for all your electric vehicle questions. From subsidies for drivers and manufacturers to charging facility locations and financing options, the goal is to boost consumer knowledge.

This is a masterstroke of sorts and will shape the EV adoption story globally... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Coal India’s focus on minimising carbon emissions likely to accrue “significant savings”

At a time when the country, under COP26 commitment, has pledged a reduction of CO2 emissions aiming for net zero, the country’s largest coal miner Coal India is stepping up focus on minimising carbon emissions through the implementation of mechanised coal transportation and loading through coal handling plants (CHP) and silos under its first mile connectivity (FMC) initiative.

A recent pilot study sponsored by CIL in two opencast mines indicate that the miner is likely to accrue significant savings through mechanised loading, apart from bringing down CO2 emissions and ensuring... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Largest solar developer Adani Green Energy ramps up its ESG score

Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL), the world's largest solar power developer, scored 66 points in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) survey 2021 conducted by DJSI- S&P Global. This is significantly higher than the average world electric utility sector score of 38.
"This achievement is a manifestation of the Adani vision to steer India towards a cleaner, greener future," said Santosh Kumar Singh, Chief Sustainability Officer, AGEL.
"The rapid progress we have made over the last year in improving our score reflects the mphasis AGEL places on ESG, both as a... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Chhattisgarh should be allowed to produce ethanol from paddy: CM Bhupesh Baghel to Centre

Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel attended the virtual meeting of CMs from all the states of the country, chaired by Union Finance Minister Dr Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday.

During this Baghel demanded that Chhattisgarh should be given permission to produce
ethanol from paddy, requested the Centre to reconsider the decision of not procuring Usna Rice from Chhattisgarh and demanded to return Chhattisgarh’s share of coal penalty worth Rs 4140 crore and reduce cess on petrol-diesel. Chhattisgarh state is known as the 'rice bowl', where paddy is produced in abundance. Baghel said that... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Scientists call for dedicated State funding to handle climate change challenges

There is no fixed percentage of assured finance allocated in the State budget for mitigation of its impact

With climate change causing excess rainfall and extensive damage to agricultural/horticultural crops and public properties in Karnataka, scientists have called upon the State Government to access private and multilateral finance options for adopting eco-friendly technologies and mitigation of climate change.

While the Glasgow Climate Pact highlighted the global-level funding, scientists said State-level funding was needed to address climate change challenges. Currently,... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Net zero commitment massively net positive for India, says Jayant Sinha

BJP MP and former Union minister Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said net zero commitment by 2070 is "massively net positive for India" as it would prompt the country to cut down imports of fossil fuels and reduce air pollution. Reduction in use of fossil fuel will also bring down the levels of air pollution, Sinha said while referring to the severe air pollution in the national capital.

"If we cut down on fossil fuels, obviously it will reduce our import burden. We are importing about USD 150 billion a year of fossil fuels. We will reduce our import burden. We will cut down on air... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Mission 500 GW by 2030: India takes one more step to reduce carbon emission and reduce the cost of power to consumers

Under the guidance of Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, the Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy have issued revised guidelines providing for thermal generation companies to set up renewable energy generation capacity either by themselves through developers by open bids and supplying it to the consumers under the existing PPAs. This will enable the replacement of fossil fuel based energy by renewable energy under the existing PPAs. As the cost of renewable energy is less than the cost of Thermal energy, the gains from the bundling of renewable energy with... Read more..

Source: PIB