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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

Air pollution due to crop burning set to fall this year

Air pollution due to crop burning in north India is set to fall sharply this year because of extensive use of technology to chop off farm stubble and mix it with the soil to make it more nutrient-rich, the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) said. The practice of stubble burning around October raises the concentration of particulate matter (PM) in the air to 1,000 micrograms per cubic metre, far outstripping the safety limit of 50 micrograms. This triggers a medical emergency in which people are... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Guwahati: Tea planters sought 90% subsidy on installation of solar plants in tea industry

Tea planter have sought 90 percent subsidy on installation of solar plants in tea industry from Union ministry of Commerce and Industry. On Wednesday Union ministry of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal will hold stakeholders meeting with representatives of tea industry at New Delhi. Tea planters body North Eastern Tea Association (NETA)in a memorandum to the government stated, “Energy consumption constitutes one of the major costs of tea production. The Power Tariff for the tea industry is distinctly... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Green bonds hold the key to fighting climate change

India made its biggest contribution to the global green bond market last month through the Hyderabad-based Greenko group’s $950 million green bond. Latest reports reveal that Greenko’s bond issuance comes at a time when India’s emerging green economy will require additional investments of around $80 billion till 2022, growing more than threefold to $250 billion during 2023-30.Greenko Energy is backed by GIC Holdings and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Helping firms to clean up their act, latest research finds... Read more..

Source: Gulf Today

To fight carbon emission, ER fixes solar panels on passenger train

In a landmark move, Eastern Railway started operating a Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) with solar panels on its roof between Sahibgunj and Jamalpur in its Malda division from Saturday. The six-coach DEMU is the first to be run in the eastern sector though a prototype was launched by the erstwhile railway minister, Suresh Prabhu, at the Safdarjung station in 2017. “This is a unique system. Utilities in the train will be powered by batteries charged by the solar panels even after dark. The life of solar... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Siemens Gamesa wins 2 orders to supply wind mills for 453 MW capacities

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on August 13 said it has bagged two orders from Alfanar to supply equipment to aid generation of 453 MW at two wind farms in Bhuj. The Spanish firm has secured its first order in India from Alfanar for supply of 206 units of the SG 2.2-122 wind turbines for the two wind farms, a company statement said. The SG 2.2-122 is specifically optimised for low wind, low turbulence sites typical of the Indian market. Both projects will be located in Bhuj, Gujarat, where the company will... Read more..

Source: MoneyControl

Mumbai: City to get 300 e-buses, 100 for Navi Mumbai

BEST is among five city transport undertakings allotted the most electric vehicles (300) under the Central government's FAME-2 (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles) scheme. The Rs10,000 crore scheme was launched recently to boost electric mobility and increase electric vehicles in commercial fleets. Under FAME-2, the Centre sanctioned 5,595 buses to 64 cities, of which Maharashtra has got a lion's share of 725 for six cities. This was followed by Uttar Pradesh (600 for 11 cities... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Bengaluru will get 12 fast charging stations for Electronic Vehicles by end of August

Electric vehicle (EV) users will soon have more options to charge their vehicles in the city. The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) is set to start operations of 12 EV charging stations by the end of August. Bescom officials said the equipment for the fast charging stations has arrived and would take a few days to be installed. C.K. Sreenath, DGM, Smart-grid and EV, Bescom, said, “EV fast charging stations at 12 locations will be operational by August-end while 100 slow charging units will be... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

IPCC Special Report on Land to Add Impetus to UNCCD COP 14 Negotiations

Preparations are underway for the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which takes place from 2-13 September 2019 in New Delhi, India. Several recently released global assessments, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL), as well as a high-level dialogue exploring “missing links” in the Convention’s implementation are expected to provide new impetus to efforts to... Read more..

Source: IISD

UK scientists granted £60m share to tackle global environmental challenges

The government is awarding £60 million to scientists in the UK to work with researchers across nine countries to tackle some of the world’s biggest environmental and health challenges. The funding will be matched by international collaborators from nations including China, India, Japan and the US. Projects include Britain’s scientists joining US experts to examine sub-polar ocean currents in the North Atlantic and the impact on world climate and establishing connections in new technology areas like advanced... Read more..

Source: Energy Live - News

European Union To Promote Bamboo MSMEs For Sustainable Development In India

Bamboo is one of the most important nature’s substitutes for the endangered forest hardwoods and partially energy-intensive steel, plastic and other construction materials and lifestyle products. It is also a Zero waste potential since all the parts can be utilized. Besides, bamboo has many other merits. At this backdrop a project ‘Promote bamboo MSME cluster for sustainable development’ has been designed with SDG mandate of ‘Sustainable consumption & sustainable production’ to be implemented in 9... Read more..

Source: Kalinga TV

With help from West Asia, ISA to reach 100 countries mark at second general assembly

In the run-up to the second general assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to be held in New Delhi from 30 October—2 November, the first treaty-based international government organization headquartered in India has stepped up efforts to sign up two-dozen new countries from geographies such as West Asia. ISA will see the number of inducted countries that have signed its framework agreement reach 100 nations at its second general assembly, from the 76 countries who are currently signatories to the... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Soon, solar panels to be a must in new Greater Noida buildings

All new constructions in Greater Noida will soon have to mandatorily install solar panels to meet at least 10% of their electricity requirement. In a move aimed towards meeting the guidelines of the Smart Cities Mission, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) is promoting the use of renewable energy to supplement electricity supply in the city. Solar panels will also be installed at the Authority office and other government buildings. NMRC metro stations have already installed solar panels... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Govt planning mega renewable energy projects like UMPPs

The government is planning large renewable energy projects like the coal-based ultra-mega power project s (UMPPs) through the publicprivate-partnership route. The renewable power projects may include any renewable source of generation or a combination of them. The plants are likely to be 1,800 MW in capacity, which can be spread over three areas of 600 MW each, and the power purchase agreements (PPAs) will be for 25 years, a senior government official said. Industry insiders, however, are skeptical about the... Read more..

Source: Energy world - Economic Times

Hyderabad: Electric vehicle policy to lure buyers, manufacturers

The state government’s draft electric vehicle policy has many sops for consumers and manufacturer. For EV buyers, it proposes not collecting lifetime road tax as well as exemption from all fees under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 (fee for registration, fitness renewal and permits) for EVs purchased till 2023. To encourage manufacturers, the government proposes an EV promotion fund of Rs 500 crore for adoption and charging infrastructure development. A cross-departmental steering committee will manage the fund.... Read more..

Source: Deccan Chronicle

In Maharashtra village farmers switch to solar pumps, experts fear groundwater exploitation

In Maharashtra's Jalgaon village, many farmers spend sleepless nights to irrigate their fields, as power for irrigation isn't available during the daytime for 15 days a month, but Dattaji Balaji Kikole, 62, doesn't need to strain himself. Reason: Kikole has got a three-horsepower (hp) solar pump installed under the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana launched by the state government in 2017. Now, uninterrupted and free power is available during daytime at the push of a button, he says. In the last two years, 45... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

India should focus on full value chain of solar manufacturing: TERI

To achieve India's solar energy target of 100 GW by 2022, India should take up full value chain of solar manufacturing from polysilicon to modules in a phased manner, says a report. In the first phase, about 15 GW capacity could be targeted over a period of two to three years for manufacturing of cells and modules with full value addition and with an overlapping backward integration plan, the report by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said. TERI Director General Ajay Mathur said the challenge is to... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Indian activists oppose oil refinery project citing environmental concerns, as protests flare up

In March 2019, following large protests from farmers and environmental activists, the Indian government moved a planned $44 billion ‘green’ oil refinery project out of the ecologically sensitive Nanar region in Ratnagiri on the Konkan coast. Recently, calls from pro-refinery supporters to bring the project back to Ratnagiri have stoked fears among activists and farmers that the project will be reinstated in the area, causing damage to the environment and affecting livelihoods. The joint venture between Saudi... Read more..

Source: Global Voices

India must step up efforts to tackle climate change

The climate crisis is damaging the ability of the land to sustain humanity, according to a landmark United Nations (UN) report that was released on August 8 in Geneva. Explaining the process, the report — Climate Change and Land: an IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas houses in territorial ecosystems — said that land is heating up faster than the oceans. The average surface temperature is now 1.5C higher than... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Car emission to be worst polluter in Mumbai by 2030

Increasing use of private vehicles over public transport is one of the key reasons that will see transport emission replace industrial fumes as the worst source of air pollution in the city by 2030, warned pollution monitors on Friday. Transport sector emission of particulate matter (PM) 2.5, a key air pollutant, will rise from 9,450 tons in 2018 to 15,600 tons in the city 2030 (see box), said UrbanEmissions.info, a Delhi-based watchdog at a meeting on air pollution. Traffic congestion is a major contributor... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Centre sanctions 50 electric buses for Tripura under FAME

As a part of the Green India Mission under climate change mitigation compliance, the Union ministry of heavy industries has sanctioned 50 electric buses for Tripura under the phase II of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India Scheme (FAME). After Assam, Tripura is the second state in the northeast to have been included in the scheme. All the 50 electric buses will run in Agartala while 100 such buses will run in Assam, out of which 50 will be in Guwahati and 25 each in Silchar and... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Godrej urges industry to focus on water recycling

“Climate change is not just a crisis of our time but also of our future,” Chairman Godrej and Boyce Manufacturing Company Chairman, Jamshyd N Godrej said Saturday. Delivering the 8th C K Prahalad Memorial Lecture on “Climate Crisis & Bio- Diversity Preservation Challenge: Role of Industry and Civil Society,” Godrej cited recent biodiversity report highlighting that more than 80 per cent of the known species of flora and fauna have become extinct, which has gone unnoticed by a common man. Though India is... Read more..

Source: The Covai Post

Will establish eco-friendly public transport infrastructure: BMC chief

Pardeshi says number of private vehicles on road will be reduced Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Praveen Pardeshi on Friday said the government is working on strengthening the city’s public transport infrastructure to ensure a cleaner environment. Mr. Pardeshi made the statement at a consultative workshop organised by the Conservation Action Trust (CAT) and Waatavaran, two NGOs working on environmental issues in the country. Titled ‘Clearing the Air on Air Pollution: The Reality in Mumbai’, the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

E-Mobility Mission to be Implemented in Phases Based on Auto Industry Feedback: Meghwal

The National Electric Mobility Mission will be implemented in phases based on the feedback from the auto industry, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said on Friday. The Minister of State for Heavy Industries promised all support to the auto industry on policy matters to ensure the smooth and efficient transformation of the automotive industry from internal combustion (IC) to electric powertrain. He informed that three lakh electric vehicles have already been sold under the FAME India Scheme. The minister said... Read more..

Source: News18

Over 10k green houses built in 8 yrs

As many as 10,933 green houses have been constructed in Madurai district from the year 2011 to 2019 for the people living below the poverty line under the chief minister’s solar powered green house scheme. The scheme to build these houses, which are powered by solar energy for the benefit of the people below poverty line, was introduced by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa in 2011-2012. These houses were built over an area of 300 square feet at a cost of Rs 1.80 lakh and are fully funded by the government.... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times