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Big firms call on EU to set 35 pct renewable power supplies target

A group of big technology, industry and power companies have called on the European Union to set a target for renewables of at least 35 percent when EU energy ministers meet next week.

The energy-hungry firms, including Amazon, Facebook , Google , IKEA, Microsoft, Philips and Unilever, say an ambitious target would encourage their investment in multi-year wind and solar power supply contracts, known as Power... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

ICICI Lombard offers solar panel warranty insurance policy

ICICI Lombard General Insurance today announced it now covers solar park developers by insuring the park owners.

“The standalone insurance product gives comfort to lenders and investors and is a perfect solution to support project finance. The product will be distributed through the company’s branches and affiliated agencies,” the company said in a statement.

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Source: ET Energyworld

China’s LONGi plans solar equipment manufacturing facility in India

LONGi Green Energy Technology Co. Ltd may become the first Chinese company to set up a solar equipment manufacturing facility in India, according to two people aware of the development.

The plan to set up a factory in India by LONGi, the world’s largest monocrystalline solar wafer maker, comes in response to Indian government’s proposal to make it mandatory for firms to have local manufacturing capability to... Read more..

Source: livemint

World Bank, ING, & AXA Announce Fossil Fuel Divestment Worth Billions

Three of the world’s biggest financial institutions — the World Bank, ING, and AXA — have all announced this week on the sidelines of the One Planet Summit in France plans to divest from fossil fuels including coal, oil, and gas.

The global divestment movement has been one of the most interesting developments to watch of the last decade, as institutions of all stripes from around the world have looked at... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Vestas seals 250MW win in India

Vestas has won a contract for turbines totalling 250MW from Ostro Kutch Power for a wind farm in Gujarat, India.

The order comprises delivery, installation and commissioning of 125 V110-2.0MW turbines, as well as carrying out the project’s civil and electrical works.

Commissioning of the project, which is... Read more..

Source: reNews

GST led to 12% rise in cost of solar projects, says All India Solar Industries Association (AISIA)

The GST has led to 10-12 per cent rise in overall cost of solar projects, the All India Solar Industries Association has said, while petitioning the government against the rise in tax incidence on solar power equipment under the new regime.

This will, in turn, result in increase in the cost of power, AISIA general secretary Gyanesh Chaudhary said in letters to Revenue Secretary and other senior government... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EESL initiatives save 3,700 kWh energy

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) today said its initiatives have cumulatively led to energy savings of over 3,700 crore kWh and a reduction of 3 crore tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, at the One Planet Summit in Paris, singled out the work done by the PSU in the space of Energy Efficiency and called out EESL as a Star Performer, the public sector... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Canada and the World Bank Group to Support the Clean Energy Transition in Developing Countries

At the One Planet Summit in Paris today, Canada and the World Bank Group announced a partnership to support effective climate action in developing countries in support of the Paris Agreement. 

Canada and the World Bank Group will support the acceleration of developing countries’ transition away from traditional coal-fired electricity toward clean energy to power their fast-growing economies.We will also... Read more..

Source: Modern Diplomacy

China to build world's largest floating solar power plant in major commitment to renewable power

A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan (£113 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui.

China Three Gorges New Energy started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a 10 December statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that... Read more..

Source: INDEPENDENT

ZDHC unveils Implementation Hub to help sustainability

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation, has launched its Implementation HUB which helps best practises of chemical and environmental management and accelerates impact along the value chains of the textile and other industries. ZDHC is a collaboration of brands leading the textile industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. 

The official launch is part of the first “Friends of... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Indore Municipal Corporation introduces high tech garbage transpfer stations

In a move to optimize its garbage transfer system, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has come up with high-tech transfer stations that will help them reduce operation and maintenance cost.

This new system has been introduced at eight locations where civic body dump garbage collected from households and then transfer it to trenching ground.

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Source: The Times of India

UN warns of severe health risks from electronic/electrical waste in India

The UN has warned about the health and environmental dangers from the processing of e-waste -- the discarded electronic and electrical material -- by the informal sector in India without proper safeguards. 

"Severe health impacts and environmental damage are widespread in India, due to the final step of the e-waste processing by the informal sector," a report by the International Telecommunications Union and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: e-waste, waste management

Unilever Brings Sustainable Beauty to the Masses with Love Beauty and Planet Line

Just one month after the launch of its new natural personal care product line ApotheCARE Essentials, Unilever has rolled out yet another responsible beauty brand: Love Beauty and Planet. And it’s kind of a big deal — unlike ApotheCARE Essentials, which has a limited distribution, LBP is being launched on a large scale. The line will be made available in supermarkets, e-commerce, drugstores and major retailers, as well as smaller natural goods stores, in effort to inspire consumers to integrate sustainability... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

We’re losing the battle, says Macron as leaders seek to raise green funds

Two years after the landmark COP21 agreement signed here, Paris hosted and spearheaded the One Planet Summit on December 12. 'Make our planet great again" had been French president Emmanuel Macron's response to Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris accord. The event, aimed at sustaining momentum on climate action, is being co-hosted by the UN and the World Bank.

The One Planet Summit aims to rally civil... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

DGAD hears parties on solar cells' anti-dumping duty petition

The Directorate General of Anti- Dumping And Allied Duties today heard the views of all the affected parties in the matter of the anti-dumping duty petition on solar cells and modules.

Representatives from the petitioner Indian Solar Manufacturers Association were present in the oral hearing, apart from representatives from the embassies of China, Taiwan and Malaysia.

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Source: ET Energyworld

NGT directs Delhi Jal Board to submit info on Phase-II of Yamuna cleaning

The National Green Tribunal on Tuesday directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to state the total number of drains falling in the second phase of the Yamuna cleaning project and quality of waste being released into the river.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the DJB and the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to submit all the details by tomorrow.

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Source: Money Control

KOR Energy bags orders for 2.8MWp rooftop solar power plants in the industrial area of Uttar Pradesh

KOR Energy (India) Pvt. Ltd. a solar power company has bagged orders from four companies for rooftop solar plants in the industrial area of Uttar Pradesh.

Of the total 2.8MWp, 1200KWp rooftop solar plant is being installed at Apollo Metalax Ltd. at Secunderabad Industrial Area - Bulandshahr, 1200KWp rooftop solar plant will be installed at Apollo Pipes Ltd. at their plant at Dadri Industrial Area - Gautam... Read more..

Source: ANI

Schneider makes renewable energy pledge

Schneider Electric has committed to sourcing 100 per cent renewable electricity and to the doubling of its energy productivity, both by 2030.

The global energy management and automation specialist said it strongly believes it cannot go renewable without ensuring optimisation of its energy system first.

The company has also announced it has... Read more..

Source: Smart Cities World

In a first, solar power projects planned on dams by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited

The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MahaGenco) is planning to develop solar power projects on dams in its first such attempt in the state. These floating solar panels will do away with the need for the state-owned utility to acquire land to add capacity to its renewable energy portfolio and also reduce the evaporation of water from these reservoirs.

The MahaGenco plans to develop solar... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Researchers develop cleaner, cheaper way to turn methane into fuel

Researchers have developed a new cleaner and cheaper way to produce hydrogen fuel from methane and electricity in just one step.

Hydrogen is an excellent fuel which, due to its high energetic density and zero greenhouse gas emission, is essential in a great number of industrial processes, researchers said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

CSE launches forum of 20 cities to help segregate waste

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Tuesday launched a forum of 20 cities that have adopted or are willing to adopt waste segregation and management practices. The forum included the South and East Delhi Municipal Corporation and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in their list.

After the launch, a discussion was organised with the stakeholders to discuss how each of these cities are... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Netherlands based company to invest 200 million euros to set up solar panel manufacturing unit in Assam

BJP led government's scouting for investment has found takers with a Netherlands based company has expressed willingness to invest close to 200 million euros in setting up manufacturing facility for producing solar panels in Assam. 

Netherlands Ambassador to India Alphonsus Stoelinga along with a business delegations is presently in Assam, the delegation had meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Wind auction guidelines set minimum plant size at 25 mw

Wind energy projects should have a minimum capacity utilisation factor (CUF) of 22% and will be penalised if they fall below that mark....
A wind energy project secured through auctions should have a minimum size of 25 MW if it supplies power to one state and 50 MW if it supplies to more than one state, say the guidelines for wind auctions. 

Wind energy projects should have a minimum capacity... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Government forms new policy for standardisation of renewable energy products

Aiming to address the quality issues in India’s rapidly growing renewable energy sector, the union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has come out with a new policy for “testing, standardisation and certification” of products in the renewable energy sector.

The policy also aims to develop standards for all renewable energy equipment in line with the international practices.

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Source: livemint

CleanMax Solar receives ₹100 crore from IFC

IFC, the private equity investment arm of World Bank, has invested about ₹100 crore ($15 million) in Mumbai-based CleanMaxSolar. This is IFC’s first investment in the rooftop solar space globally. CleanMax Solar puts up plants at its own cost and sells the power directly to customers. In June, CleanMax had announced a $100-million equity investment by PE firm Warburg Pincus, for an undisclosed stake in the company.

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Source: Business Line