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CPCB given extended producer responsibility authorisation under the new e-waste rules

The Central Pollution Control Board has been given the Extended Producer Responsibility(EPR) authorisation under the new e-waste rules, diverting it from the state pollution boards, the

Environment Ministry has told a parliamentary panel.
The Ministry said this in its reply to the Committee of Subordinate Legislations 2016-17 whose 23rd report on action taken by the government on recommendations of... Read more..

Source: India Today In

Declare village electrified only when all families get power: Panel

A parliamentary panel has recommended that a village should be declared electrified only after providing power connections to all households there.

At present, all those villages with 10 per cent families with electricity connection can be declared electrified under the government's rural electrification programme.

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Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: electricity, power for all

Govt approves 10 Namami Gange projects worth Rs 2,033 cr

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved 10 projects in Bihar, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh worth about Rs 2,033 crore, the Centre said today.

"Eight of these projects pertain to sewage infrastructure and treatment, one to river front development and another to Ganga Knowledge Centres," the Ministry of Water Resources said in a statement.

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Source: Press Trust of India

Over 680 textile mills closed as on June 2017: Government

As many as 682 textile mills were closed as on June end this year and 232 of them were in Tamil Nadu, the government said today.      

Textiles Minister Smriti Irani told the Lok Sabha that 1,399 textile mills were operational as on June 30. All of them are in the non-small scale industry.      

At the end... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Plastic carrybags completely banned in 17 states, Union Territories: Government

Altogether 17 states and Union territories have imposed complete ban on manufacture, sale and use of plastic carrybags, the Lok Sabha was informed today.     

"In the country, 17 states and UTs have imposed complete ban on manufacture, stock, sale and use of plastic carrybags, through directions or notifications and executive orders," Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a written reply.     ... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

First-Ever Lawsuit Over ‘Inadequate’ Climate Risk Disclosure Could Set New Precedent for Businesses

It is becoming increasingly important for companies to disclose information about long-term climate risks as more and more investors are using this information to inform financial decisions. While a general shift towards transparency is taking shape, many businesses still lag behind in sharing information about their environmental performance and impacts — as well as the consequences of a changing climate on their operations. However, the launch of the world’s first-ever climate disclosure lawsuit could help... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

ESG2.0: Investors Can Now Use AI, Big Data to Reveal Companies Real-Time ESG Momentum

This week, TruValue Labs unveiled its ESG Momentum™ score – the first ESG indicator that leverages artificial intelligence, big data and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board’s (SASB) materiality framework – as part of its Insight360™ suite of products. The score reveals the positive or negative direction, or trend, of ESG performance based on daily data. ESG Momentum was built to serve investment professionals who know that today's company valuations depend heavily on environment, social and... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action.

In a brief statement, India's Permanent Mission to the UN said that India deposited its Instrument of Acceptance of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol under the UN Convention on Climate Change here yesterday.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India adds 4.8 GW of solar capacity in the first half of 2017

India has added 4.765 MW of solar power generation in the first half of 2017, surpassing the 4,313 MW installed during 2016.

Of this, 1,869 MW was added in the second quarter of 2017, according to Mercom India Research. While large-scale solar installations aggregated to 1,639 MW in Q2 2017, rooftop installations accounted for 230 MW.

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Source: Business Line

International Solar Alliance meet to host Fortune 500 companies CEOs, announce Solar Nobels

With New Delhi hosting the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) assembly in December, an ambitious outreach programme is in the works including hosting chief executives of Fortune 500 companies and starting a Solar Nobel prize.

The Indian imprint on the ISA will be visible with global awards to be launched in the names of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and astronaut Kalpana Chawla, according... Read more..

Source: livemint

IDFC arm raises Rs250 crore to refinance two solar plants

IDFC Alternatives Ltd’s India Infrastructure Fund II has raised long-term project finance of Rs250 crore by selling non-convertible debentures to infrastructure debt funds and financial institutions. The proceeds will be used to refinance two of its solar plants, which it has recently acquired from Gurgaon-based Punj Lloyd group and to repay existing loans.

The acquisition of the two plants, both located in... Read more..

Source: livemint

Indian Scientists Turn Sugar Industry Waste Into Next-Gen Battery Material

Indian scientists have demonstrated that waste water from some of the dirtiest industrial processes can be turned into a carbon source for preparation of energy storage materials.

Researchers led by scientists from Bhavnagar-based Central Salt and Marine Research Institute (CSMRI) have used sugar and distillery industry waste to develop functionalized carbon material which has energy storage properties. Such... Read more..

Source: Outlook India

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation plans a plant to convert construction waste into bricks

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) B ward, that covers areas like Masjid, Sandhurst Road, Dongri, Mohammad Ali Road and Yusuf Mehar Ali Road, has been planning to set up a plant to recycle construction and demolition waste, and use the recycled material for making bricks. The bricks made of recycled waste are similar in strength and used like earthen bricks.

At present, the ward office is looking... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Uncertainty over electric bus delays Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation's plan to go green

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation's (BMTC) plan to purchase 150 electric buses has hit a roadblock. Lack of clarity over battery technology, procurement and tendering process is delaying the acquisition of the green buses, say BMTC officials.

The BMTC is among the country's first urban transport utilities to have tested electric buses.The corporation's board has given in-principle approval to... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Nettlinx acquires 51% stake in Sri Venkateswara Green Power

Nettlinx Limited, a city-based internet infrastructure company today announced acquisition of a controlling 51 per cent stake in Sri Venkateswara Green Power Projects Limited, a firm involved in developing and implementing a viable and environmentally sustainable 12 MW power plant, a renewable energy project.

According to a statement issued by Nettlinx, the proposed "state-of-the-art" power plant, will... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Affordable LEDs to cut cost of power purchase by Rs 12 crore in Chandigarh

The central government’s Unnat Jyoti Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme has evoked a positive response in this city.

Implementing the scheme, the UT Administration has set up counters at different spots, including 23 Sampark centres, to distribute sets of four 9-watt LED bulbs, two 20-watt LED tubes, and a 50-watt fan. LED or light-emitting diode bulbs are energy efficient. It has given away 2.35 lakh... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Older Solar Projects: Extend deadline if delay is on your part, says Centre to state governments

The Centre has asked state governments to extend the time duration for the completion of older solar projects if the delay is because of their own actions. This comes at a time when states like Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand are planning to scrap older solar projects or are asking companies to lessen the tariff at which these older projects were signed.

“It is also to be clarified that if in a project,... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

After Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand manages to renegotiate solar tariffs

Solar power developers who won the mega auction of 1,200 MW of projects in Jharkhand 16 months ago have agreed to reduce tariffs, which will help them sign power purchase agreements.

Jharkhand is the second state after Uttar Pradesh to renegotiate solar tariffs arrived at through an auction. But while UP went back on signed PPAs, Jharkhand has not actually signed any because the state distribution company... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Speed up work to clean Yamuna: NGT

Disappointed with the delay in implementing 'Mailey se Nirmal Yamuna Revitalization Project', National Green Tribunal (NGT) warned on Tuesday that there should be no interference or undue delay in implementing it.

In 2015, the tribunal laid out the plan focused on plugging discharge of untreated sewage into the Yamuna by setting up a network of decentralised sewage treatment plants (STPs). Its phase 1 was to... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Karnataka at 3rd spot in renewable energy production

Karnataka has overtaken Gujarat to become the third highest producer of renewable energy after Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

The state, which occupied the fourth position last year, has outranked Gujarat in the recently released progress report of the Union ministry of new and renewable energy.
Energy minister D K Shivakumar said in a tweet: "At 7,458MW, Karnataka now has the 3rd highest installed... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

UK awards $9m for India building-integrated (BIPV) solar systems project

A university-led consortium has won £7m ($9m) in UK government funding for a ‘buildings as power stations’ project in India.

The Specific consortium, which includes 12 UK and Indian universities and industrial partners, aims to take a two-stage approach to the project, called Sunrise. First, the universities plan to develop printed solar PV cells and “new manufacturing processes” for solar cell production in... Read more..

Source: Decentralized Energy

Exposure to chemicals used in jeans dyeing units can affect human health, says government

The government on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that the exposure to chemicals used in textile dyeing units can affect human health and the civic authorities would take action against any such industries operating in residential areas in the Capital. 

Responding to a Parliament question on illegal jeans dyeing units in the north-east Delhi's Shiv Vihar areas, reported by the TOI in May, the Union environment... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Reusable Carbon Nanotube & Quartz Fiber Water Filter Removes 99% Of Heavy Metals

Researchers at Rice University have developed a simple water filtration material so effective that a single gram of it can treat up to 83,000 liters of contaminated water, after which it can be washed with vinegar and reused.

After a trip to India, where he saw the connection between e-waste and groundwater contamination as a high-schooler, and then working with Rice chemist Andrew Barron, Perry Alagappan,... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

KCT Group looks to sell off renewable energy portfolio

KCT Group, the Vikram Thapar-led arm of the business house founded by Karam Chand Thapar, is exploring the sale of its renewable energy assets of 103 megawatts (MW), said two people aware of the development.

Founded in 1929 as a coal mining company, the KCT Group currently has a diversified portfolio of businesses with interests in sectors ranging from coal, infrastructure, real estate, manufacturing and... Read more..

Source: livemint

Maharashtra to raise $270 m from Green Climate Fund

The 2030 Water Resources Group (2030WRG) will help the Maharashtra Government raise $270 million from the Green Climate Fund, which will be invested in integrated watershed programmes such as Jalyukt Shivar Yojana.

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is a new fund under the UN and is guided by the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2030WRG is hosted by the International... Read more..

Source: Business Line