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Telangana to unveil electric vehicle policy today

The Telangana government will unveil an exclusive policy on Friday for promoting electric vehicles (EVs) in the state, a senior executive said.

"There will be several incentives for vehicle manufacturers, and also sops for setting up charging stations and other infrastructure. The policy has been prepared in consultations with the industry players and most of those expectations have been included in the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: Electric Vehicles, policy

Out with the trash: BMC to set up underground bins at 4 SoBo spots

To get rid of the stink from garbage heaps lying in the open, the BMC has decided to install underground bins at four locations in south Mumbai by December.

In its budget presented in February, the BMC had announced that the city would get ‘smart bins’ that would be underground and have in-built sensors. Its solid waste department has now invited tenders to install the underground bins in two wards—A ward,... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Surat’s underground garbage system shows way to Delhi and other big cities

Surat is showing the way to Delhi and other big cities that are struggling to manage garbage spilling out of ‘dhalaos’ and filling the air with foul smell. The city’s municipal body has installed 43 underground garbage bins, each of which can contain up to 1.5 tonnes of waste as a part of the Smart City... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India may hit Paris climate targets ahead of schedule: TERI

India may well achieve the national targets set to address climate change under the Paris Agreement before 2030, as around 30 per cent of the country’s installed electricity generation capacity is now non-fossil-based. India’s target is 40 per cent non-fossil-based power capacity by 2030.

“We can meet the targets ahead of schedule if we are able to meet our solar battery cost challenges,” Ajay Mathur,... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Overuse of diesel generators increases pollution in Gurugram

Overuse of diesel generator (DG) sets in residential localities in Gurugram has increased pollution by over 30 percent, finds The Centre for Science and Environment's (CSE) new study.

The research was conducted in five residential areas in the city with an aim to asses' impact of diesel generators operation on the increase in pollution levels, in immediate vicinity.

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Source: India today

Brookfield to sharpen focus on renewable energy sector in India

Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management Inc. is looking to increase its focus on renewable energy in India, said two people aware of the firm’s plans, on the condition of anonymity. The asset manager has so far been focussing largely on the real estate and roads segment.

The move follows Brookfield’s acquisition of American renewable energy company SunEdison’s yieldco TerraForm Global Inc.... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Plastic Bottle Crushers Installed at Four Railway Stations to Protect Environment

South Central Railways has installed huge machines capable of crushing and recycling plastic bottles at four stations in Kachiguda, Secunderabad, Nizamabad, and Vijayawada. The initiative has been launched in a bid to protect the environment.

Chief Public Relations Officer of South Central Railways, Uma Shankar told news agency ANI, “The aim to install these machines is to protect the environment. If any... Read more..

Source: India

Arvind-Monforts long-term approach for sustainability

“Patagonia knows our denim is completely traceable, which is not always the case with other mills,” says the company’s Creative Director, Stefano Aldighieri. “The great thing about Arvind is that ever since inception, the owners understood that if you want to have a successful business you have to be aware of your impact – and that includes responsibility to people too. In India, Arvind already has one business entirely run by women at every level, which is pretty progressive for the country.”... Read more..

Source: The Textile Magazine

Sweden, Finland developing technology to curb India's pollution woes

Sweden is exploring ways to come up with innovative technology to address the issue of stubble-burning in parts of north India that leads to pollution in Delhi-NCR, a Swedish diplomat said today. 

"Delhi has seen this problem of air pollution and smog and the air quality gets worse around November. And, stubble-burning has been a major issue. So, we are looking into ways to bring an innovative technology to... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Green certificates sales down 32 per cent on power exchanges in June

Sale of renewable energy certificates has declined by about 32 per cent to 8.96 lakh in June on Indian Energy Exchange and Power Exchange India Ltd as compared to 13.15 lakh in May this year, as per official data.

The... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Agro-centric mini-grids and solar trolleys could transform Indian farming

A group of private companies is pioneering a new approach to powering the agricultural industry in rural India that could significantly increase productivity of small-holder farmers, by combining mobile and stationary solar-powered mini-grids and linking them to a range of agricultural services, beginning with irrigation.

Claro Energy is at the center of the new initiative, piloting an “irrigation-as-a-... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Maharashtra Plastic Ban – Garbage disposal: Residents at loss

Even as the ban on plastic bags has caused inconvenience for shoppers and shopkeepers alike, residents of housing societies and traders in the city are facing trouble of another kind. They say the problem lies in whether or not to use bags that are primarily made for segregating garbage at source.

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Source: Daily News & Analysis
Subject Tags: plastic ban, waste disposal

India has embarked upon an ambitious plan to install 227 GW of renewable energy by 2022

India has embarked upon an ambitious plan to install 227 GW of renewable energy by 2022. Solar energy forms more than 65% of this 227 GW dream. I call these targets ambitious since, as of today, the installed solar capacity in India is around 21 GW, out of which about 9 GW has been installed in 2017-18. Simple math tells us that we need 20 GW of installations every year until 2022 if we have to meet this ambitious target. This article is an attempt to analyse the role of the solar manufacturing industry in... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Water scarcity, climate change will lower living standards in India: World Bank report

Climate change if unchecked will lower living standards of about half of South Asia’s population by 2050, with people in central India likely to be worst hit, a World Bank report will say.

Overall 600 million Indians will be moderately or severely affected by changes in temperature and rainfall. People living inland are more likely to witness an erosion in living standards compared to those in coastal and... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Togo govt launches new energy scheme with focus on renewables

The Togo government on Wednesday launched a new energy policy that aims to provide universal access to electricity in the small west African country by 2030.

The "electrification strategy", which relies heavily on renewable energy, will unroll... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Maharashtra may auction 2,000 MW solar capacity by August 15

The Maharashtra government is planning to auction around 2,000 MW of solar capacity by August 15. The state’s 1,000 MW solar auction in May initially faced troubles, but was eventually completed. The lowest bid at the last auction was Rs 2.71/kWh. The initial four auctions by MSEDCL failed; IPPs did not bid since they wanted higher ceiling on tariffs of Rs 4/unit from Rs 3/unit. The ceiling on tariffs was earlier reduced to below Rs 2.60/kWh after aggressive bidding last year.

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Source: Financial Express

Govt planning to set up bio-CNG plants in rural India soon: Oil minister Pradhan

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday said there are plans to set up bio-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) plants in India.

He made this comment after visiting a bio-CNG plant in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was briefed by officials on how agricultural waste can be converted into energy.

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Source: ET Energyworld

India pondering 100GW ISTS solar tender linked with manufacturing

India is currently mulling over a plan for a 100GW solar tender to be linked with manufacturing, but with no timeframe put down as yet.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) secretary Anand Kumar, while speaking to PV Tech at a side event at Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany, said that the capacity of manufacturing is yet to be decided upon, but he confirmed the announcement of power minister R.K.... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

C&A Foundation's projects to boost circular fashion

Boosting circular fashion, C&A Foundation has selected five pilot initiatives as part of its open request for proposals to bridge the gap in the implementation of circular business models at all levels of the global apparel value chain. This follows its 2017 Request for Proposals: ‘Bridging the Gap’ Implementation of Circular Economy in the Apparel Sector. 

The Foundation has announced €1.29 million in... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Sweden starts construction on fossil fuel-free steel plant

Sweden has started construction on a factory that will test whether it's feasible to make steel without burning fossil fuels.

Utility firm Vattenfall said Tuesday it has teamed up with steel company SSAB and mining firm LKAB to build the 1.4-billion Swedish krona ($158 million) pilot plant.

Existing plants... Read more..

Source: Hastings Tribune

100 polluting industries in Maharashtra asked to take corrective actions in three months

Almost 100 industries in the state are emitting particulate matter which is almost twice as much the safe limit prescribed by the Union environment ministry. The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has warned the polluting industries to take up mitigation measures in three months.

The statistics are based on the star-rating programme, a first of its kind project jointly taken up by the MPCB, Energy... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Government to scrap subsidy for private electric cars

The Centre plans to scrap cash incentives currently offered to buyers of electric cars despite having incentivised these clean fuel technologies till just a few months back. The move, experts said, will further dampen sales of private electric cars.

Policy-makers justified the move, saying the government has now decided to give cash subsidies to electric vehicles used by shared-mobility operators such as Ola... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Gujarat govt announces hybrid power policy

To boost solar and wind power generation in the state, the Gujarat government has announced a new Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Policy. Energy minister Saurabh Patel and minister of state for energy Pradeepsinh Jadeja told the media that the policy is meant to promote the production of wind and solar power simultaneously. Under the policy, developers can set up wind power unit on the land meant for a solar power unit, or vice versa. The policy allows the establishment of wind-solar hybrid power producing units. The... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Relief to developers: Government relaxes norms for building solar plants

In a move that might provide some relief to solar power plant developers, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has relaxed time lines for land acquisition, financial closure and the commissioning period for solar projects. For forthcoming projects, land acquisition documents would now have to be submitted within 12 months from signing power purchase agreement (PPA), instead of seven months mandated in the August 2017 guidelines. Similarly, the proof of financial closure and funding arrangements... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Alfanar plans to bid in India's renewable energy auctions

The $3 billion Riyadh-headquartered Alfanar Group is making a major foray into India’s renewable energy sector, looking to raise $200 million for investments, half of which will be its own funds. 

The company plans to bid in auctions planned by the Indian government and expand its portfolio of projects in the sector. Renewable energy auctions have attracted many foreign firms, which have bid aggressively and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times