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Developing countries trapped in collapsing carbon market

All the talk about reversing climate change is far from reality. Developed countries are not doing as much as they had promised to help Africa and Asia tackle climate change.

A Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) study presented at United Nation’s Conference of Parties 14, currently assembled to discuss desertification of land, has revealed that Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) — an initiative which helps developing countries sell carbon credits and lets developed countries invest in helping communities conserve their forests — is not working... Read more..

Source: The Hindu - Business Line
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State mulls solar water supply system for 12 villages

The state government is planning to launch a solar-powered water supply system to provide running water to 12 villages of Haridwar and Udham Singh Nagar districts by next month. The state-of-the-art facility will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 6 crore. The project has been conceptualised under the central government scheme to bolster piped water supply coverage areas across the country. In Uttarakhand, the project is being handled by the Swajal department, which has already invited bids for the project. The project’s nodal officer, executive engineer, Sunil Tiwari told TOI, “The... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Need People Movement To Tackle Land Desertification: Prakash Javadekar

Tackling the global threat of land desertification has to be a people's movement, said Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar at a bilateral meeting with China on Sunday. The desertification refers to the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. The meeting was held ahead of a scheduled high-level 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which is to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Greater Noida on Monday. "We want to tackle... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Project for solar power on farmland to kick off in Delhi next week

Delhi government’s plan to generate solar energy on agricultural land is set to take off next week. The power department will soon float tenders to invite companies to set up the solar plants under the Mukhyamantri Kisan Aay Badhotari Solar Yojana under the public-private participation model. A power department official said they have got the consent of farmers to install the solar panels on almost 150 acres of agricultural land in outer Delhi. The scheme was approved by the government in July last year, but picked up speed only after Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) notified... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Solar street lighting: The future of illumination

The installation of solar street light is much easier and convenient. The components can be easily integrated on site and mounted on pole to provide illumination for the area. There is no need of laying down of cables as in the case of grid power. Still, they are majorly used in rural areas and not in urban areas. Solar street lightings: Rural and urban The rural India have vast open spaces with clear visibility to sun rays. On the other hand, the massive high rise buildings in urban areas hamper access to regular and long hours of direct sunlight. Shailesh Tokekar, General Manager, Sales... Read more..

Source: EPR

Bigbasket aims to increase EVs in delivery fleet by 10-20 times in a year

Online grocery platform Bigbasket on Friday said it is planning to increase electric vehicle-based delivery feet by 10-20 times within a year. Currently, the e-commerce firm claims to have 150 electric vans and 50 electric bikes and "plans to increase the numbers to 1,000 vans and 2,000 bikes within the next one year". "Bigbasket has always been committed towards carrying out its processes in a sustainable manner. Apart from undertaking other environment-friendly initiatives, we were the first to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) for our last-mile delivery operations in 2016," K B Nagaraju... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Asian Cities Turn To Electric Vehicles In Anti-Pollution Drive

Asian cities are switching to electric vehicles in a bid to tackle worsening air quality, cut climate changing emissions, and expand their public transport networks, climate experts said on Friday. Transport is the fastest-growing source of climate-warming greenhouse gases, with the vast majority of projected increases expected to come from developing Asia by 2030, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Only seven Asian countries have transport emission reduction targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change, but many cities in the region are now taking action, said Madan... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Mumbai-born researcher invents alternative to Li-ion batteries

Mumbai-born scientist Dr Gautam Yadav has invented a new high-voltage, energy-dense rechargeable manganese dioxide (MnO2) zinc|(Zn) battery, which could be an alternative to Li-ion batteries that have dominated the energy storage landscape for decades. “High voltages in Li-ion batteries have allowed it to capture the electric vehicle, mobile electronics and grid-storage markets. Li-ion batteries contain elements which are geopolitically sensitive and not common to India, so development of energy storage technologies has taken a backseat, while countries like China have benefited... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Kerala: State electricity board invites E-Tender for roof top solar project

The Kerala State Electricity Board has invited e-tenders for the 200MW rooftop solar power project aimed at enhancing the state's renewable energy generation capacity in the future. The tendering is the first step towards establishing roof top plants for generating 500MW of solar energy. Of the 200MW, 150MW will be generated by setting up solar power generating units on the rooftop of consumer's premises and the price of the power generated by these units would be adjusted in the tariff. The remaining 50 MW will be based on EPC model as per which the agency setting up the facility will... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

IEEFA India: Grid, storage, policy, and regulation: Areas of new focus to meet India’s ambitious renewable energy targets

Finding the right pricing signals to drive technology adoption to solve the integration of an ever increasing share of variable renewable energy into India’s grid is becoming a central new challenge for policy makers and regulators, critical to enabling the ongoing transition away from coal to meet India’s ambitious renewable energy target of 523 gigawatts by 2030, finds a new IEEFA report out today. Written by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), the report Flexing India’s Energy System Through Market Mechanisms – A Recipe for India to Achieve a Least Cost,... Read more..

Source: IEEFA

Climate change report offers food for thought

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report on Climate Change and Land on Aug. 8, 2019. This report discusses climate change desertification, sustainable land management and food security. The summary for policy makers, totaling 43 pages, provides insight how IPCC experts see the future for agriculture. There are numerous authors from Brazil, France, United Kingdom, India, Italy, China and the United States. This report is worth reading. The Wall Street Journal criticizes the alarmist report in an op-ed piece. The WSJ column claims the IPCC “…suggests global warming has... Read more..

Source: Farm Futures

Climate change threatens to tear ecosystems apart, warns Amazon rainforest expert

Climate change is threatening our wildlife, and nowhere is that more apparent than the Amazon rainforest. As the largest rainforest in the world, the Amazon spans 2.3 million square miles (twice the size of India) and has within its borders the world’s largest river basin. It’s also one of the richest biological communities, home to 10 percent of the world’s known species, as well as many flora and fauna unique to the region. But if we don’t shape up — and by shape up, we mean slash greenhouse gas emissions at a rapid pace — we might lose this vast empire of wildlife. “It is very clear... Read more..

Source: Earth Day

Ten-fold growth in rooftop solar installation required to reach 40 GW target: MNRE

India’s cumulative rooftop solar installation needs to grow 10-fold in order to achieve the 40 gigawatt (GW) capacity target by 2022, according to a latest report by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The report added that as of March 2019, the rooftop solar installation stood at 4.37 GW. "To achieve the country’s ambitious target... the states must gear up, and put in place a robust implementation environment,” the report said. Introduction of clear and detailed regulations, strong monitoring and enforcement mechanisms, and promoting innovative discom-centric business models... Read more..

Source: Energy World- Economic Times

Blue economy potential largely untapped: experts

Potentials of blue economy in the Indian Ocean, which is worth $25 trillion, remain largely untapped due to shortage of investments and absence of comprehensive research on marine resources, according to experts. “The countries bordering the Indian Ocean extracted resources worth only $2.5 trillion, whereas its value is worth $25 trillion,” said Rear Admiral (Retd) Khurshed Alam, secretary to the maritime affairs unit of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The amount of resources extracted by Bangladesh is worth only $9.6 billion, but its potential is much more, he said at a press... Read more..

Source: The Daily Star

Economics of land degradation: the significance of India’s new environment targets

On the occasion of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD 2019), India elaborated on its plans for managing its natural resources, undertaking sustainable land management and combating droughts. The highlighted actions are expected to help India meets its overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030. The overall target of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030 in envisaged through the national target of interventions in about 21 million ha of degraded land (including degraded wasteland, forest and agricultural land). This target would be achieved through a slew... Read more..

Source: weAdapt

Solar installations in first half of 2019 at 3.2 GW, down 35 per cent

Solar installations in India, during the first half (H1) of 2019 reached 3.2 gigawatts (GW). This is a 35 per cent decline in capacity, compared to 5.1 GW added in H1 of 2018, according to Mercom India. In its report on Q2 2019, titled India Solar Market Update, Mercom found that the total installations in the Indian solar market declined by 14 per cent in the second quarter, reaching 1,510 MW as against 1,761 MW in Q1 2019. Installations were also lower year-over-year (YoY) compared to 1,665 MW in Q2 2018. In Q2 2019, large-scale installations totalled 1,218 MW compared to 1,498 MW in Q1... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

India’s Rajasthan state government announces 50GW solar goal by 2025

The state government of Rajasthan has come up with a new draft solar policy. The proposed policy package aims to establish the state as a global hub for solar with 50 GW of installed generation capacity within 5-6 years. It envisages an R&D hub for the deployment of renewable energy technologies and solar-wind hybrid projects, with a focus on improving efficiency and reducing balance-of-system costs. The new policy aims to achieve 25 GW of grid-connected solar projects up to 2021-22 to fulfill the renewable purchase obligation of state electricity distribution companies (discoms) from... Read more..

Source: IEEFA

Bosch opens expanded smart factory in Bidadi for mobility solutions

Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology and services, has inaugurated its expanded smart factory for mobility solutions in Bidadi (Phase II), 35 km away from Bengaluru.The plant features the latest Industry 4.0 solutions and carbon-neutral technology. “Bosch is taking a further step toward more efficient, more flexible, and sustainable manufacturing in India in order to boost competitiveness and meet rising demand in the local market. The new Bidadi plant will further boost India’s strong role in the Bosch Group’s global network,” Volkmar Denner, Chairman of the Board of Management... Read more..

Source: Auto Components India

PM Modi wonders if India can become solar power battery hub

Amid his thrust on renewable energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wondered whether India could become a hub of solar power battery manufacturing, which can play a major role in the march towards clean energy. He stated this while giving example of mobile phones, saying their popularity increased manifold as the size of their batteries decreased. Modi was responding when asked for his comments on the global challenge of climate change after he addressed the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) here in presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,... Read more..

Source: Energy World- Economic Times

India experiences 45 pc coastal erosion, gets special importance in UNCCD

Conference of Parties (COP14) to the United Nations Convention to combat desertification (UNCCD) was held on Monday in New Delhi, where India took the presidency for the next two years. The primary focus of COP14 is desertification and degradation of land while aiming to add around 50 lakh hectares of degradation affected land fit for fertilisation in the next 10 years. However, with 45 per cent of 7,500 km Indian coast experiencing severe erosion, coastal erosion has also gained special importance at UNCCD. While speaking to ANI, Dr R Ramesh, Director, National Centre for Sustainable... Read more..

Source: New Kerala

Govt lining up big-ticket reforms to energise India power market

The government is lining up big-ticket power sector reforms that will change the architecture of domestic electricity market, make it more responsive and reduce cost for distribution utilities as well as consumers through intense competition. The power ministry has set up an expert group headed by special secretary in the ministry to chart a course for "deepening of power markets in India". Simultaneously, the ministry has also appointed consultants EY (Ernst & Young) to suggest ways to bring alive the power market by identifying the voids in the current system. The reforms push,... Read more..

Source: Energy world - Economic Times

Achieving Global Consensus on How to Slow Down Loss of Land

Expectation are high, perhaps too high, as the 14th Conference of the Parties (CoP 14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) now into the third day of its two-week session being held outside the smog-filled Indian capital of New Delhi. At the inauguration on Monday, India's minister for environment, forests and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, soon after ceremonies to mark his taking over as president of the Convention for the next two years, said he would be happy if CoP 14 could achieve consensus on such difficult issues as drought management and land... Read more..

Source: Global Issues

Shift to EVs will be gradual; may account for 25-30% of vehicles by 2030

The transformation from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles would be gradual, said J Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Transport Secretary. “Electric vehicles would probably account for 25-30 per cent of the total vehicle population by 2030.” he said Speaking at an event to announce the launch of the Society for Smart E Mobility (SSEM), Radhakrishnan said that the State Government's Electric Vehicle Policy has been finalised and will be announced in three weeks. The policy would cover both the supply and the demand side, besides supporting EV battery manufacture. He added that 100... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

India’S Coal-Fired Energy Sector Faces Risk: Report

India's coal-fired energy sector is facing increasing pressure due to generator over-capacity, water shortages and the rise of low-cost renewables, a report by the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and the Applied Economics Clinic (AEC) said on Wednesday. The report -- 'Risks Growing for India's Coal Sector' -- provides an overview of the ongoing challenges facing India's coal-fired generators due to changes in the energy sector, fluctuations in water supply and stranded-assets as well as other risks. "The energy landscape has changed dramatically in... Read more..

Source: India4U

EESL plans to set up EV charging stations in Kolkata

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on Tuesday said it is in talks with the West Bengal government for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the metropolis and adjoining New Town area. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), the West Bengal Transport Department, Power Department and the Urban Development Department are involved in installing the proposed EV charging stations, officials said. "We are planning 400 public EV charging stations in the city and New Town. Soon, a deal with NKDA will be inked," EESL Regional Head Sudeep Bhar said. "We... Read more..

Source: Energy world - Economic Times