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Rajasthan govt to bring new renewable energy policy: Minister

Rajasthan Energy Minister B D Kalla on Tuesday said the government would bring a new renewable energy policy in the state. Speaking at a seminar on 'exploring renewable energy potential in the state of Rajasthan' on the 75th birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Kalla asked the department officials to conduct more research in the domain. He also called upon the industrialists to invest in generating renewable energy. "The government is bringing a new policy to harness solar, wind and... Read more..

Source: Energy- Economic Times

Tamil Nadu’s EV Policy Draft Has A Host Of Incentives For Manufacturers And Buyers

Tamil Nadu plans to offer a raft of incentives and special sops for 3-5 years to attract electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and allied industries to complement the central government push to 100% EV mobility in the future. The state will give investors in the electric vehicle industry the option to choose from GST refunds, capital subsidies, and payroll-based incentives in a first such offer for any sector, provided its draft electric vehicle policy gets implemented. On offer are special benefits for... Read more..

Source: Clean Future

L&T Technology Services launches unique incentive-based waste management program

L&T Technology Services Ltd., a leading global pure-play engineering services company, today announced the launch of a unique incentive-based waste management program in Dumad Village near Vadodara in partnership with SOCLEEN and project managed by Concept Biotech. The initiative aims to ensure segregation of the wet and dry waste, which is further to be recycled instead of dumping which negatively impacts the environment & health. This new initiative from LTTS will cover Houses/Flats etc. on Sama... Read more..

Source: CSR Journal

This is world's largest electric vehicle that needs no charging

Switzerland based construction equipment manufacturing company Kuhn Schweiz has designed the world's largest electric vehicle - a 45-ton dump truck that lets you load up to 65 tons of cargo. Interestingly, the manufacturer claims that this e-dumper does not consume energy. Media reports suggest that the vehicle produces more energy than it consumes during its daily work, which consists of transporting rocks to a cement factory, from the top of a hill to its base. Known as Elektro Dumper, the gigantic EV is 9.... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Mahindra recycles over 209 ton of e-waste for plastic waste management

Tech Mahindra Ltd sent over 209 ton of E-waste for recycling in FY 2018-19 through an authorised vendor and encourages associates to prevent single-use of plastic and use eco-friendly products. The company Implements the process of reduce, reuse, recycle and recover across the value chain to decrease plastic waste. The company has a robust waste management system of segregation at source, collection and management of both hazardous and nonhazardous waste. Scrap waste comprising of plastic, office waste,... Read more..

Source: India CSR

How about a consortium of companies to collect plastic waste! Dabur shows the way

Dabur India Ltd has formed a consortium with other business groups to put together the system for collecting post-consumer plastic waste, particularly non-recyclable multi-layer plastics (MLP), it said in its annual report. The fast moving consumer good company collected and recycled/processed near 4,000 MT of post-consumer plastic waste during 2018-19 (Apr-Mar), which is around 20% of our plastic waste generation, the report said. This will be increased to 60% in 2019-20 and 100% by 2020-21, the report said... Read more..

Source: India CSR

Low-quality Chinese batteries could slow down India’s EV drive

Chinese manufacturers are dumping low-quality battery packs for electric vehicles (EVs) in India, two officials aware of the matter said, similar to the way rejected solar modules were sold here at a discount. While the Chinese government has nudged battery makers to move up the value chain by calibrating subsidies, manufacturers of older models are finding few takers there. “Battery technology is changing today. This has resulted in the Chinese second-tier battery manufacturers dumping their batteries here,... Read more..

Source: LiveMint

Climate, green technologies, skill, cyber, digital and science tech - thrust areas of PM Modi's France visit

India and France are not looking at the number of agreements but to build a strong strategic partnership during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the European country. Informed sources told ANI on Tuesday that significant talks on climate change, financing, and collaboration for green technologies, specific roadmap and open partnership in new areas like digital and cyberspace, and skill development will be the key thrust of the visit and agreements in this regard will be inked. Agreements on... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Indian Oil Corporation to invest Rs 25,000 cr in green energy

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the nation’s largest refiner and fossil fuel retailer, plans to invest Rs 25,000 crore in green energy projects, including solar and wind power plants, bio-fuels plants, and solar panels at filling stations. “Indian Oil has developed a road map and action plan to usher in clean and green energy alternatives to mitigate the risk of global warming,” the company said in its annual report. Rising environmental concerns are increasingly swaying government energy policies across the... Read more..

Source: Energy world - Economic Times

Eco-friendly fashion: India's sustainable apparel market is finding more takers

The eco-friendly clothes market in India is growing at a steady pace even as the industry is at a nascent stage. Manufacturers are adopting better practices to produce clothes that leave little impact on the environment. The consumer pattern is encouraging globally, as two-thirds of buyers are willing to spend more on eco-friendly clothes, according to a McKinsey survey. With the Indian government banning the use plastic bags across numerous states, the increasing chatter around global warming and campaigns... Read more..

Source: Money Control

BASIC nations urge developed countries to fulfill their climate finance commitments

With issue of finance being considered a major sticking point in negotiations ahead of future climate summit, the BASIC nations - Brazil, South Africa, India and China - on Saturday jointly urged developed countries to fulfill their climate finance commitments of mobilizing $100 billion annually by 2020 for developing countries on a grant basis and in a transparent manner. “This support should be new and additional, and over and above their 0.7% of Gross National Product (GNP) commitment with respect to... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Delhi NCR To Get 300 New Charging Stations By EESL But There Are Challenges To Be Faced

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is constantly working towards expanding the electric vehicle charging network in the Delhi-NCR region. In a recent development, the joint venture of PSUs has now confirmed that it will be installing up to 300 new charging stations across Delhi-NCR in the coming 5 to 6 months. The update comes just a couple of weeks after the firm announced its plans to install 100 new charging stations in Noida. In addition to the charging stations, Noida authority had also mentioned... Read more..

Source: India Times

M&M To Enter Indian Electric Two Wheeler Market Soon

Despite being one of the earliest to launch electric vehicles in India, the Mumbai-based SUV-specialist Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) has kept away from entering the electric two-wheeler segment so far. However now M&M is considering launching electric two-wheelers in India that may be developed specifically for this market. Mahindra has an electric scooter on sale in the US called GenZe 2.0 having a range of 56 kms priced at $3,699 (Rs 2.62 lakh). This two-wheeler was developed by Mahindra in the US... Read more..

Source: Clean Future

The world’s leading airport user of solar panels is removing them for fear of flooding

India’s Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) has started dismantling and removing a significant number of solar panels at the airport site, due to concerns from local residents regarding the potential for the panels to inhibit storm water discharge. CIAL estimates the measure will result in the loss of approximately 4MWp (megawatt peak) for the airport. It is understood the panels are in a three-kilometre stretch on the diversion canal from the Chengal canal near the airport and removal began after local... Read more..

Source: The Blue Swan Daily

India emits the most sulphur dioxide in the world

India is the largest emitter of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the world, contributing more than 15 per cent of global anthropogenic emissions, according to a new report by Greenpeace released on August 19, 2019. The primary reason for India’s high emission output is the expansion of coal-based electricity generation over the past decade, the report added. Five of the top 10 SO2 emission hotspots from coal/power generation industry across the world are in India, read the Greenpeace report. The analysis is based on... Read more..

Source: Down to Earth

Gujarat textile units want cap on solar machinery be raised

Under the Solar Energy Credit initiative, an integral part of the scheme, the central government is providing a subsidy of 50% to power loom units having maximum eight looms for adopting solar energy for captive use either in grid or off grid system. Even as the much-publicised PowerTex India scheme aimed at development of power loom sector completes its stipulated three years by March 2020 and the central government is indicating its intent to continue it with some modifications, Gujarat-based textile units... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

BRICS nations come together for Urban Environmental Management

Acknowledging the importance of urban environmental management for improving quality of life in cities, the Environment Ministers of BRICS countries on Friday agreed to work together to resolve the multifaceted environmental issues faced by BRICS cities. These discussions and announcements were made during the 5th BRICS Minister of Environment Meeting which was preceded by a two-day meeting of BRICS Joint Working Group on Environment. Highlighting the path-breaking work done by India in achieving its... Read more..

Source: New Kerala

Tata Motors strives to reduce flexible plastic packaging in operations

Tata Motors Ltd has initiated actions to minimise the consumption of flexible plastic packaging in its operations, the company said in its 2018-19 (Apr-Mar) annual report. The company reduced plastic packaging used for dispatch of auto parts between plants and warehouses. It is now working on sensitising its suppliers towards reduction of plastic packaging. Tata Motors is also converting expendable (single-use) plastic packaging to returnable (multiple-use) packaging, where possible, it said. The company... Read more..

Source: India CSR

Maruti seeks tax relief for hybrid, CNG cars

The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is pitching for tax relief for hybrid and CNG cars in addition to electric vehicles in order to promote green mobility in the country. MSI Chairman R C Bhargava said there is a need to promote hybrid and CNG cars as it will take some time for mass acceptance of electric vehicles (EVs) considering the high cost of technology right now. "Personally we would like to see GST benefits linked to greener/cleaner cars. The Government gave tax cut on EVs but... Read more..

Source: Brand Equity

Massive decline in coal power project lending in India

A financial assessment on Friday revealed a massive 90 per cent decline in coal power investment in India in 2018 compared to the previous year. The report looks at coal and renewable energy project finance made in 2018 and compares that with the numbers in 2017. “Coal vs Renewables 2018” — an annual energy investment trend report — recorded a significant drop in lending to coal power projects compared to the lending received in 2017. The report by the Delhi based financial institute Centre for Financial... Read more..

Source: Central Chronicle

Large industries unable to tap rooftop solar energy

For large-scale industries, which are high tension (HT) electricity consumers, in the State, rooftop solar energy system is yet to become attractive though Tamil Nadu has a new solar policy. “The solar policy has not addressed the HT consumers. Several applications submitted during the last two years are also pending for approval with the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco),” claimed A.D. Thirumoorthy, member, State Level Renewable Energy Committee. According to him, Tamil Nadu has... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

AP to target only corrupt green projects

Andhra Pradesh has shown the first sign of changing its controversial stand that contracts with renewable energy companies should be renegotiated to bring down tariffs, as a top-ranking official told ET that the state was only targeting projects where corruption was evident. "The intention of the chief minister was not to review all PPAs across the board. There was prima facie evidence that there was mala fide, corruption and kickbacks in some of the wind projects, which had not gone through the bidding... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Potential of the economy can be better realised by clean power: Schneider Electric

In a bid to move forward in India on its global philosophy of Sustainable Development, Schneider Electric, had earlier this month, announced its innovation challenge ‘Hackware 2019.’ The company, which boasts of energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability, has called for participant entries to present ideas on areas that have impacted urban, residential, buildings and industry spaces. Built around the three themes of Decarbonization, Decentralization and Digitization, the company... Read more..

Source: AB Newswire

India leads world in growth of energy sector investments between 2015-18

Growth in energy sector investments was the most pronounced in India compared to any other region in the world between 2015 and 2018. Data compiled by the International Energy Agency (IEA) showed that India’s energy sector investments expanded by 12 per cent in calendar 2018 alone. During 2015-2018, investments flowing into the country's energy sector are estimated to have grown by seven per cent CAGR (compounded annual growth rate). Investments, including private foreign capital, poured into areas like coal... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Tesla shows interest in India’s plans to build battery plants

Tesla and China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd (CATL) are among the companies that have shown an initial interest in the Indian government’s plan to build large factories to make lithium-ion batteries at an investment of about ₹50,000 crore. Among the other firms that have shown an interest in the mega project is China’s BYD Co. Ltd, said two government officials aware of the matter, requesting anonymity. The robust global interest comes amid a strong push by the government to make India a global... Read more..

Source: Livemint