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Danish PM Mette Frederiksen to begin 3-day India visit from 9 October

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen will visit India from October 9 to 11 during which both sides are expected to review the progress in implementation of the ‘Green Strategic Partnership' established by the two sides last year.

Announcing the visit, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said it is expected to further strengthen and enhance the close and friendly ties between the two countries.

The green partnership, finalised at a virtual summit between the prime ministers of the two countries, aims to create a framework for significant expansion of cooperation in... Read more..

Source: Print

Indian Oil in talks with state transport undertakings for hydrogen projects

Moving in line with the government's hydrogen roadmap, public sector major Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is in talks with state transport utilities of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat to set up hydrogen manufacturing units and refuelling stations. The company has also set a target of converting at least 10 per cent of its hydrogen consumption at refineries to green hydrogen soon.

The UP unit will be near Mathura refinery, while the one in Gujarat will be close to Baroda refinery. The plan is to run 10-20 buses in both the states in initial stage, said S S V Ramakumar, director of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Hindustan Zinc charts $1 bn plan to turn green

Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL), the world's second-largest miner of zinc, lead and silver, will invest $1 billion over the next five years to make its mining operations environment-friendly, chief executive Arun Misra said.
HZL is planning to expand its zinc, lead and silver mining capacity from 1.2 million tonnes to 1.5 million tonnes. The company currently deploys 600-700 underground mining equipment, which could go up to 900 after expansion, Misra said in a phone interview from the Dubai Expo 2020.
"Most of the equipment is run on either diesel or cable power. So, this year, we... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

IOC to set up new R&D centre in Faridabad

Oil major Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) will set up a new research and development (R&D) centre at an outlay of Rs 3,200 crore in Faridabad in Haryana, a senior official said pn Wednesday.

The official also said that the oil major is focusing on converting its refineries into integrated complexes where differentiated petrochemicals are made while going ahead with development of alternative fuels.

Speaking to reporters here, S.S.V. Ramakumar, Director, R&D and Business Development, IOC, said the company will invest Rs 3,200 crore to set up the new R&D centre.... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Tata Power ropes in AI firm BluWave-ai

Tata Power on Wednesday announced that it has roped in renewable energy AI (artificial intelligence) company BluWave-ai. "Tata Power, India's largest integrated power utility, announced that it has signed a three-year commercial agreement with BluWave-ai, the world's first renewable energy AI company," it said in a statement.

According to the statement, this agreement was signed after a successful trial project, during which Tata Power evaluated the performance of the BluWave-ai cloud platform to generate intra-day and day-ahead dispatches for use in its power scheduling operations... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

India's Hero MotoCorp Joins The EV Race With A Drive To Overtake Competitors

Hero MotoCorp's motorcycles and scooters adorn the lobby of the company's research facility in Jaipur, 270 km south of New Delhi. Taking pride of place among the models is the iconic CD 100, the first motorcycle launched in 1985 by its former joint venture Hero Honda with Japan's Honda Motor Co. The success of the CD 100 and other models helped make New Delhi-based Hero the world's largest maker of motorcycles and scooters by units in 2001. Today Hero still has a commanding share of 37% (by units) of India's two-wheeled market, well ahead of Honda, which now has 25% and competes against... Read more..

Source: Forbes

BMW India To Launch 2 New EVs In 2022

BMW India is poised to enter the electric vehicle (EV) segment with 2 new cars which will be launched in the market next year.

President of BMW Group India, Vikram Pawah, has confirmed that the brand will introduce EVs in India. However, he added that "the time and volume will depend on the infrastructure and the policies."

The first 2 electric cars from BMW for India would be the iX SUV and i4 gran coupe. The German brand has formulated plans to introduce 25 electrified products globally by 2023.

Like Tesla, BMW India also wants import duties for EVs lowered. Pawah... Read more..

Source: Motor Beam

India warns of possible power shortages

India is facing possible energy supply problems in the coming months due to coal shortages and a post-pandemic surge in demand, the power minister said in a report published Tuesday.

His comments come as China and European countries face energy crises that are disrupting global supply chains and sending prices soaring.

"Normally the demand starts coming down in the second half of October... when (the weather) starts cooling," R. K. Singh told the Indian Express in an interview.

"But it's going to be touch and go," Singh said, calling demand for electricity "... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Notification issued on incentives and disincentives pertaining to Vehicle Scrapping Policy

In the Vehicle Scrapping Policy, it is proposed to have a system of incentives and disincentives to nudge vehicle owners to discard old and polluting vehicles, which have higher maintenance and fuel consumption costs.

In this regard, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has issued a GSR Notification, 714(E) dated 04.10.2021 in the Gazette of India, which shall come into force from the 1st day of April, 2022. Details are as below:

As an incentive, there will be waiver of the fee for issue of certificate of registration for a new vehicle, purchased against the... Read more..

Source: PIB

TVS Motor signs agreement with Tata Power to develop EV ecosystem

TVS Motor Company, the flagship firm of the $8.5-billion TVS Group and India’s third-largest two-wheeler maker, has entered into a strategic partnership with Tata Power for the implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure (EVCI) across the country.

As part of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two companies, apart from the implementation of EVCI, solar power technology will be deployed at TVS Motor’s select locations. The partnership aims at creating a large dedicated electric two-wheeler charging infrastructure to accelerate electric mobility in... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Silicon, hydrogen to emerge as 'New Oil' for RIL

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has planned to transform its energy business with an over-arching strategy to offer decarbonisation solutions globally at a competitive price (similar to its existing energy portfolio) in a market potentially worth $5 trillion by 2030, Morgan Stanley said in a report.

The strategy is to provide supporting infrastructure in areas of hydrogen, integrated solar PV and grid batteries - all areas with high entry barriers, technological advances and good returns.

It plans to create four gigafactories with a $12 billion investment, offering the... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

EU member states call for joint action as energy prices surge

Several EU member states on Monday called for joint European action to fight a record rise in energy prices, but unity on what to do was elusive.

France and Spain led the charge at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Luxembourg, on the eve of an expected presentation of proposals of some short-term solutions from the European Commission.

"The gas price has massively and brutally increased over the last weeks," said French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire as he arrived for the talks.

"It is time to have a European response" to the price shock, Le Maire said,... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

First ever electric cars rally held in Mumbai to combat pollution

In a first initiative of its kind, an all-electric cars rally was held in Mumbai on Saturday as part of the 'Green Mumbai Drive-2021', to reduce pollution in the country's commercial capital, officials said.

The 110-km long rally saw the participation of over 30 electric cars manufactured by various Indian and international companies and was flagged off by Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray, who himself drove an electric car.

Organised by Adani Electricity Mumbai Ltd. (AEML), and Autocar India, the rally was intended to create awareness among people about motoring with... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh says, India is committed to curtail carbon emissions in the Antarctic atmosphere

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today addressed the International Conference commemorating the signing of the Madrid Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

The Conference was attended virtually by Prime Minister of the host country Spain Pedro Sanchez, Prime Minister of New Zealand JacindaArdern, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Ministers and delegates representing... Read more..

Source: PIB

R K Singh asks THDCIL, NEEPCO to bid for solar, wind projects

The world's major economies must do more at the upcoming U.N. COP26 climate summit in Scotland to show they are serious about wanting to tackle global warming and heed the warnings of young activists, policymakers said on Saturday.

COP26 President Alok Sharma said there was renewed urgency in the climate debate following preparatory talks in Milan where thousands of youth activists, including Greta Thunberg, urged governments to match words with action and stump up billions of dollars to wean the world off fossil fuels.

"We had a very constructive set of discussions and... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

CEAT announces completion of 26% stake buy in Cleanwin Energy

Tyre maker CEAT Ltd on Monday announced it has completed the acquisition of 26 per cent stake in Cleanwin Energy, for which it had signed a pact with Yellowstone Clean Energy LLP last month.

Cleanwin Energy owns, operates and maintains a captive wind power generating plant in Maharashtra. The RPG Group company plans to move to 50 per cent renewable power in the next three years.

"We are happy to announce the completion of the acquisition of 26 per cent stake with Cleanwin Energy," Chief Financial Officer CEAT tyres Kumar Subbiah said in a release.
The RPG Group... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Our doors are wide open for EV players like Tesla: Tamil Nadu minister

Tamil Nadu saw the closure of the Ford India unit on its soil in September. Despite this, its industries minister Thangam Thennarasu substantiates his contention that the state is still one of the most investor-friendly in India, with mumbers. In an interview with Shine Jacob, Thennarasu said the state is expected to see investment worth Rs 35 trillion by 2030 and already has projects worth Rs 20,000 crore since the new government took charge in May. Edited Excerpts:

What changes are you seeing in the investment climate since the new government took charge?

In August, we... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Adani Green acquires SB Energy India for $3.5 billion

Adani Green Energy (AGEL) on Monday said it has completed the acquisition of SB Energy India in an all-cash deal for which definitive agreements were signed on 18 May 2021.

With this deal, SB Energy India is now a 100 per cent subsidiary of AGEL. Earlier, it was a 80:20 joint venture between Japan-based SoftBank Group and Bharti Group.

“The acquired portfolio comprises 100 per cent sovereign rated counterparties. Average tariff for the portfolio is Rs. 2.75 per unit,” according to the company press release.
It added that the transaction pegs SB Energy India at an... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

India asks Coal India to invest in electric vehicles, charging pods

India's coal ministry has asked state-run Coal India to diversify its interests to areas such as electric vehicles and charging stations, according to an agenda document on the ministry's website.

"Coal India must diversify its business and must explore prospects in sunrise industries electric charging pods, electric vehicles etc," the coal ministry said in a document titled "Ministry of Coal's agenda for 2021-22".

Coal India is the world's largest coal mining company by production and accounts for over 80% of India's output of the fuel.
India is the second-largest... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Gautam Adani says $50-70 bn investment planned across energy chain

Billionaire Gautam Adani on Monday said his infrastructure conglomerate will invest between USD 50-70 billion in organic and inorganic growth opportunities across the entire energy value chain over the next decade.

Speaking at an industry event, he said the port-to-energy group will invest over USD 20 billion in renewable energy generation alone.

"Over the next decade, we will invest over USD 20 billion in renewable energy generation. Our overall organic and inorganic investments across the entire green energy value chain will range between USD 50 billion and 70 billion,"... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

McDonald's targets net zero emissions by 2050, from meat to energy

McDonald's Corp on Monday set a new target to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, from the beef in its burgers to the light bulbs in its restaurants.

The burger chain also said it was working with the nonprofit Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to revamp its existing climate change targets. It aims to lower absolute emissions by about a third for both its suppliers and its nearly 40,000 company-run and franchised restaurants around the world by 2030.

"We're trying to send a signal to our partners, to our investors, to our suppliers, to other... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Electricity (Transmission System Planning, Development and Recovery of Inter-State Transmission Charges) Rules 2021 promulgated by Power Ministry

The Union Ministry of Power has promulgated the Electricity (Transmission System Planning, Development and Recovery of Inter-State Transmission Charges) Rules 2021. This paves the way for overhauling of transmission system planning, towards giving power sector utilities easier access to the electricity transmission network across the country.

At present, generating companies apply for long-term access (LTA) based on their supply tie-ups, while medium-term and short-term transmission access is acquired within the available margins. Based on LTA application, incremental transmission... Read more..

Source: PIB

India promises to engage constructively at COP 26 and evaluate bridging proposals to conclude Paris rulebook

Representing India virtually at the Pre-COP 26 meeting held in Milan, Italy from 30th September to 2nd October 2021, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change,Shri Bhupender Yadav assured that India will engage constructively at COP 26 and evaluate bridging proposals to conclude the Paris rulebook, which can be done by delivering on the climate finance promises of the developed countries.
He highlighted that India recognizes the urgency of strong climate action in this decade to ensure that the world is on track to stay within the temperature goal of the Paris... Read more..

Source: PIB

All vehicles in the country should run on 100% ethanol: Nitin Gadkari

Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated National Highway projects totalling a length of 527 km, worth Rs 4,075 crore at Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra today. Bhumipoojan and dedication of these projects to the nation was held in a programme organized at Kedgaon in Ahmednagar by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Shri Gadkari said, water, electricity, transportation and communication are important aspects for development of the country. In order to eradicate poverty, hunger and unemployment in the country as well as for the welfare... Read more..

Source: PIB

India's 450GW target listed in US 'Energy Compact' as climate goal

India and its 450 GW renewable energy target figure prominently in the US government's 'Energy Compact' and is part of its climate ambitions formally submitted to the United Nations at the September 22-23 high-level dialogue on energy.

'Energy Compacts' are voluntary commitments from UN member states, setting out actions planned to advance clean, affordable energy for all by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050.

Over 130 Energy Compacts have been submitted so far by a range of stakeholders, including India and the United States.

Citing the September 2021 agreement... Read more..

Source: Economic Times