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Coimbatore Corporation had little to show to NGT committee on progress in waste management

The State Level Monitoring Committee of National Green Tribunal for Solid Waste Management in Tamil Nadu has asked the Coimbatore Corporation to speed up the steps it had promised to take to decentralise solid waste management.

Committee Chairman Justice (retd.) P. Jyothimani briefly reviewed on Tuesday the progress the Corporation had made since the last meeting in January this year. After taking stock of... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Men's wear brand Indian Terrain Fashions ties up with Fairtrade India

Fashions Ltd on Tuesday said it has tied up with Fairtrade India to offer fashion collections with an eye on serving the farmers of Gujarat besides protecting the environment.

The city-based company through the partnership has committed to source over 50 per cent of the brand's collection through 'sustainable supply chains over the next three years'.

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Source: Business Standard

MNRE Drafts Policy Framework To Promote DRE Livelihood In Rural Areas ; Invites Comments By Stakeholders

In recent years, a wave of innovators and entrepreneurs has come up with a variety of decentralised renewable energy (DRE) livelihood applications, which are not only energy efficient but also economically viable in rural settings. Modular design of such DRE livelihood applications ensures scalability without large investments. DRE livelihood applications can be defined as applications powered by renewable energy, which are used for earning livelihoods directly such as solar dryer, solar powered cold storage/chillier, solar charkha, etc., or which help in earning livelihoods such as solar... Read more..

Source: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

PM to inaugurate India Energy Forum next week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will next week inaugurate the annual India Energy Forum by CERAWeek, which gathers energy leaders to further important dialogue on the nation's new energy future. Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the virtual event, to be held on October 26-28, organiser IHS Markit said in a statement.

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Source: The Economic Times

Reliance says India will fully shift to renewable energy in few decades

India will fully move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy in the next few decades, the chairman of Reliance Industries, operator of the world's biggest refining complex, said on Monday.

Reliance, which operates two giant refineries with a combined capacity of 1.4 million barrels per day in western India, aims to become a net zero... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

60-70 polluting power plants to be closed soon: Javadekar

Union Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday announced that 60-70 pollution-causing power plants would be identified and closed in the next two years as he discussed steps taken by the Narendra Modi government to tackle the pollution menace.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: BS-VI Fuel, Emissions, India

More Indian Oil petrol pumps to offer EV charging facilities

India's top oil firm IOC is remodelling business with an increased focus on petrochemicals to hedge volatility in the fuel business, while at the same time turning petrol pumps into energy outlets that offer EV charging points and battery swapping options besides conventional fuels as it looks to make itself future-ready.

In an... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Bangladesh may cancel Nov LNG import tender after receiving high offers

Bangladesh may cancel a tender to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) in November, after receiving offers to supply the shipments that were too expensive, two energy officials with direct knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

State-run Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company, which is in charge of LNG imports into the country, received offers from the Asian unit of Vitol and Swiss trader AOT Energy to supply 138,000 cubic metres of LNG for Nov. 12-13 delivery, said the two officials, who work for Rupantarita.

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Source: The Economic Times

Looking to expand presence, Vestas bets on India specific wind turbines

Vestas India, an arm of Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems, is looking to expand its presence in India as well as design products suited for this market.

The company recently launched a new wind turbine generator suited for low-wind sites in India.

Speaking to Business Standard, senior... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Road cleaning, waste collection agencies fined over air pollution in Noida

The Noida Authority on Monday said it issued penalties worth Rs 5.65 lakh on private contractors and other entities that were found violating guidelines and rules to combat air pollution here.

The maximum penalty of Rs 1 lakh was slapped on private contractors handling mechanical cleaning of roads and door-to-door garbage collection, the Authority said, as it took action in the wake of the Graded Response... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

CIL subsidiaries to have autonomy in base e-auction price from November

Coal India subsidiaries will have autonomy in fixing the base price for e-auction coal from November depending on demand, sources said on Monday. Currently, the base price is kept aligning with the notified price but with the realisation trend improving, the dry fuel miner has decided to allow the respective subsidiaries to fix the base price depending upon their ground situation, the sources said.

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Source: The Economic Times

Delhi: From tomorrow, 50 buses to run on fuel that’s cleaner than CNG

From Tuesday, buses running on hydrogen-enriched compressed natural gas(HCNG) are going to hit the capital’s roads.A cleaner fuel compared with CNG, HCNG will be used to run 50 buses as part of a pilot project for six months from the Rajghat-1 bus depot.
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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: cleaner fuels, CNG, India

West Bengal achieves 99.9% rural household electrification: Official

West Bengal has achieved 99.9 per cent rural household electrification with Darjeeling district getting completely electrified, a senior official of the state Power department said on Saturday.

With two remote villages Gorkhay and Samanden on the fringes of Singalila National Park getting connected to power, another 20,000 connections have to be achieved by the state to attain 100 per cent electrification,... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

MSEDCL scuttling solar roof top sector though negative policies

Maharashtra Solar Manufacturers’ Association (MASMA) has charged MSEDCL with scuttling the solar roof top industry in the state by adopting negative policies.

Saket Suri of MASMA told TOI that since April 2019 there was no subsidy scheme for solar roof top in Maharashtra and MSEDCL demanded just 25MW... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

BS-VI introduction a revolutionary step to reduce vehicular pollution: Javadekar

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate change Prakash Javadekar today termed the interacted introduction of BS VI compliant vehicle standard, which has been implemented since April 2020 across the country, as a revolutionary step towards reduction of vehicular pollution.

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Source: Live Mint

CSIR-CMERI develops Sustainable Municipal Solid Waste Processing Facility

The changing ecological scenarios requires special attention to address the issue of ‘Sustainable Processing of Municipal Solid Waste’. This is not only a necessary component of converting waste into useful end products but also to maintain a cleaner environment and to safeguard contamination of soil, air and water.

To throw more light on the subject, Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani,... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau

Andhra Pradesh has commissioned 8,207 MW renewable energy capacity so far

Andhra Pradesh, a major producer of renewable energy (RE), has installed RE generation capacity of about 8,207 megawatt (MW) till 30 September 2020, according to the latest data. The state had an installed RE capacity of about 8,203 MW till 31 July 2020.

Of the 8,207 MW capacity installed till September, wind energy projects took the largest share with 4,080 MW capacity, followed by solar energy with a capacity of 3,535 MW commissioned, according to information shared by the New and Renewable Energy Development... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Brookfield, CPPIB, NIIF in race to buy Mahindra’s 600MW solar assets

Brookfield, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Edelweiss Yield Plus Infrastructure Fund are among half a dozen investors in discussions to acquire nearly 600 megawatts (MW) of solar assets from Mahindra group’s renewable energy business, Mahindra Susten, said two people aware of the development, requesting anonymity.

“They have received offers... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Taiwan to be Asia's green energy hub; India focus country

Taiwan wants to be a renewable energy hub and its businesses are looking at India as an investment destination in the sector, besides high technology.

President Tsai Ing-wen this week laid out plans to grow her country's renewable energy to become a major global player and a stable supplier of green energy, as global supply chains are being realigned.

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Source: United News of India

Now, ECBC must for getting approvals for commercial, non-residential buildings

In a move aimed at increasing energy efficiency even in the private sector, the State government has issued an order making Andhra Pradesh Energy Conservation Building Code (APECBC) mandatory to get building approvals for commercial and non-residential buildings with a plot area of 1,000 square meters or built up area of 2,000 square meters. 

Andhra Pradesh is the third State in the country to have issued an... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Chandigarh launches used cooking oil initiative to make bio-diesel

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) launched Repurpose Used Cooking Oil (Ruco) initiative on Friday to collect and convert used cooking oil into bio-diesel. Dr Amandeep Kang, director health and family welfare, Chandigarh, flagged off Ruco vehicles to kick start the initiative.

Dr Kang said the food business... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Solar manufacturing gap between India, China growing, says report

The gap between solar manufacturing in India and China has been increasing with leading Chinese manufacturers making aggressive investments in capacity expansion and new technology, according to a recent report by renewable energy consultancy firm, Bridge To India.

"Long-term viability of the Indian manufacturing sector depends on its capacity to compete with leading Chinese manufacturers on cost of production, scale and technology," the report on solar manufacturing said. It also noted that it would be challenging for... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

'EVs distant dream, India needs cleaner fuels to combat pollution'

With a massive spike in air pollution in Delhi and its surrounding regions, experts believe that the country needs to incentivise public transport, disincentivise personal vehicular transport and have a basket of cleaner fuels in a bid to mitigate the pollution emanating from the automobile sector.

Road transport constitutes a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In India, the transport sector is the third-most greenhouse gas emitting sector, with the major contribution coming from road transport.

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Source: The Economic Times

Renewable capacity addition falls 50% in H1 amid Q-o-Q improvements

As renewable energy sector is recovering from Covid impact, the new capacity addition during the September quarter has improved quarter-on-quarter basis though there was 50 per cent drop when compared with the first-half period of last fiscal.

With the addition of 1559 MW of new capacity during July-September 2020 period, total new... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Tenth of pandemic stimulus spend could help world reach climate goals: study

The world could get on track to avert catastrophic climate change by investing a tenth of a planned $2 trillion in pandemic recovery packages in reducing dependence on fossil fuels, according to a study published on Thursday.

With the stimulus representing about 15 per cent of global gross domestic product, or three times the commitment after the 2008 financial crisis, scientists say the money could prove pivotal in meeting the temperature goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

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Source: The Economic Times