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Amazon unveils its first electric delivery vehicle: 10,000 EVs in India by 2025

A year since the e-commerce giant announced The Climate Pledge, Amazon has revealed its first custom-built electric delivery vehicle built in partnership with Rivian. Amazon has committed to be a carbon-neutral company by 2040 under its climate pledge. It plans to roll out 10,000 EVs for delivering to its customers around the world by 2022 and 1 lakh by 2030. The company aims to add 10,000 EVs to its delivery fleet in India alone by 2025. Built by Rivian, this electric delivery van is the first of three... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

TED Talk Proposes A Three-Step Plan for India’s Clean Energy Transition

On Saturday, Varun Sivaram — senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy — spoke at the TED Countdown Global Launch, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The event featured roughly 50 leading thinkers and doers, spanning world leaders such as UN Secretary-General António Guterres, European Commission President... Read more..

Source: State of the Planet

As World Bank faces scrutiny, U.N. chief warns lenders over fossil fuels

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged development banks to stop backing fossil fuel projects, after a report found the World Bank had invested $12 billion in the sector since the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

Environmental campaigners have for years tried to prevent the oil, coal and natural gas industry from producing dangerous levels of the greenhouse gases that cause climate change by persuading commercial banks to stop lending them money.

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Source: The Economic Times

Vietnam firm launches country's largest solar farm amid renewables drive

Vietnam’s Trung Nam Group on Monday launched a 450-megawatt solar farm, the largest of its kind in the Southeast Asian country, which is seeking to boost the proportion of renewables while reducing dependence on coal in its power mix.

Located in the central coastal province of Ninh Thuan, the 14 trillion dong ($604 million) solar farm is hooked up to the national grid via a 17 km (10.6 miles) transmission... Read more..

Source: Reuters

HSBC targets net zero emissions by 2050, earmarks $1 trln green financing

HSBC will target net zero carbon emissions across its entire customer base by 2050 at the latest, and provide between $750 billion and $1 trillion in financing to help clients make the transition, Chief Executive Noel Quinn told Reuters.

The pledge is the strongest statement by Europe’s biggest bank on climate change to date, although it met with criticism from some environmental groups for not taking more... Read more..

Source: Financial Post

Goa becomes first 'Har Ghar Jal' State across the nation by providing tap water connection to every rural household

Goa has earned itself the unique distinction of becoming first 'Har Ghar Jal' State in the country as it successfully provides 100% Functional Household Tap Connections (FHTCs) in the rural areas covering 2.30 lakh rural households. Harnessing the immense benefits of efficiently utilising the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) whichaims to improve the quality of life and bring 'ease-of-living' to rural communities, the Chief Minister of Goa, Shri PramodSawant announced that all ruralhomes in... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau

25,000 farmers to get solar power during day: Maharashtra minister

Over 25,000 farmers across Maharashtra will soon get full-time electricity supply during the day, state energy minister Nitin Raut announced on Monday.

Taking into account problems faced in power supply to agricultural pumps at night, we decided to set up solar power projects near MSEDCL substations to... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: India, solar power project

Railways taps solar energy to power stations in Karnataka

The South Western Railway (SWR) has installed solar panels on the roof of its stations, terraces of its buildings and at level-crossing gates across Karnataka to harness renewable energy for its power needs, an official said on Friday.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: India, solar power

Delhi government exempts electric vehicles from road tax

The state government has exempted battery-operated vehicles from road tax under its ambitious Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy.

Delhi government's transport department issued a gazette notification, stating full waiver on road tax on battery-operated vehicles. Suggestions have also been sought from the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Andhra Pradesh government to introduce energy conservation policy


In an attempt to achieve energy security, cost-effective power and strengthen the power sector, the State government is contemplating to introduce a new policy for promotion of the use of the latest and efficient technologies for energy conservation in various sectors, according to a release by State Energy Conservation Mission CEO A. Chandra Sekhar Reddy.

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Source: The Hindu

TERI launches portal for firms to self-assess, improve on renewable energy consumption

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has launched an online rating tool, the Portal for Renewable Energy Action Assessment Metrics (PRAMAAN), for organisations to assess their actions towards renewable power. "TERI on Thursday launched PRAMAAN - Portal for Renewable Energy... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Dubai company plans India foray to help manage deadly winter smog

Dubai-based Averda is making an entry into India for managing municipal and farm waste in the northern city of Amritsar to offer a solution to the deadly smog caused by stubble burning.

The waste management solution provider is the latest among companies that are attempting to cut the practice of farm fires. The burning of crop residues is seen as a major contributor to the smog that shrouds most of north... Read more..

Source: Business Standard
Subject Tags: India, smog, waste management

Cochin Shipyard gets green certification

The public sector Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) has been certified by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) for the GreenCo Silver rating, which has made it arguably the first in the shipping sector to get the certification.

The certification is considered ‘very special’, as it was obtained amid the pandemic, and the process was completed in a short span of time, the yard said in a press release. ‘... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

India’s total wind-solar hybrid capacity to reach 11.7 GW by 2023: IEEFA & JKM Research

India’s total wind-solar hybrid capacity is expected to reach 11.7 gigawatt (GW) by 2023, according to a recent report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and JMK Research.

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Source: The Economic Times

Air emergency measures from Oct 15, diesel gensets banned in Delhi-NCR

Diesel generator sets will be banned October 15 onwards in Delhi and neighbouring National Capital Region towns with the implementation of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to check worsening air pollution.

Directions were issued Thursday to the chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on implementing pollution control measures under GRAP by the Supreme Court-mandated Environment... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Goa to support private investors for solar power

Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that the public-private partnership (PPP) cell of the state government has granted permission for solar power generation projects at dams and on land.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: India, investors, solar power

Time to reward consumers with decline in the renewable energy cost

Consumers should now reap the benefits of lower tariffs as the cost of power generated from newer, cleaner and greener renewable energy in India has achieved grid parity in 2018-19, experts said.

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Novus Green lands 15 MW floating solar EPC work in Telangana

Telangana-based Novus Green Energy has announced that it has won an aggregate 15 MW AC (19.5 MW DC) floating solar capacity from state-owned coal miner Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL). The capacity was awarded in an auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI).

Under the contract, Novus Green will be responsible for complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine
Subject Tags: India, solar EPC, solar plant

Uber to Add 1,000 Electric Cars to Its Fleet in India

Uber has announced that it will add 1,000 electric vehicles to its fleet in India. The new electric vehicles will be offered in partnership with Lithium Urban Technologies, an electric vehicles fleet operator, in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Pune. The electric vehicles, all sedans, will be available for hire through Uber's Premier and Rental services on its app. It's not clear, however, if the users will have the option to consciously opt for an electric vehicle while booking a ride.... Read more..

Source: NDTV

GST reduction and other benefits have created the right framework for EVs in India: Mercedes-Benz

The Indian government’s decision to reduce Goods and Services Tax levied on electric cars to just 5% and the other incentives being offered by the state governments will help automobile manufacturers launch more electric vehicles in the domestic market, said Martin Schwenk,... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

QR Code Based House to House Garbage Collection Begins at Mangaluru Smart City

The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has recently begun the implementation of its QR code-based Solid Waste Management System (SWMS), which is set to cover all the 60 wards of Mangaluru, in a phased manner. The first-of-its kind system will increase the efficiency of solid waste management in the city multi-fold.

The first... Read more..

Source: Outlook India

India Has Fastest-growing Renewable Energy Capacity Addition In World

India has the fastest-growing renewable energy capacity addition in the world and the power demand has been witnessing continuous growth, according to R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), ministries of Power and New and Renewable Energy. Renewables are supplementing electricity supply to a significant extent.

In addition to the vision of 450 GW installed renewables capacity by 2030,... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Transition to renewable energy helps India see 6% dip in SO2 emissions

India witnessed 6% decline in its sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions in 2019. It was the steepest decline in SO2 emissions in four years, which came on account of India's shift towards renewable energy initiatives, according to a report... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

States seek inputs for revising clean vehicle policies; EVs may get cheaper

Electric vehicles (EV) may get cheaper in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, as these states consider floating purchase incentives in line with the Centre’s flagship EV policy that gives direct subsidies to buyers, said people in the know.

The three state governments have reached out to experts and manufacturers to seek views on how to implement such a policy. The proposed benefits would be on top of the subsidies given by the Centre. This development comes close on the heels of the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, 2020 that seeks to subsidise ... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Kochi Metro Rail Limited on its way to achieving 60% energy neutrality by utilising solar energy

Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) is on its way to achieving 60 per cent energy neutrality by utilising solar energy. The metro agency will be commissioning an additional 5.4MWP capacity system on its buildings and tracks in 2020 to increase the output to 1.57 crore units/year and maintain 60 per cent energy neutrality.

The installation of rooftop solar panels will be completed by mid of November 2020 and rest... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times