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China Cancelling Around 1/3 Of Iron Ore Mining Licenses, As Part Of Bid To Cut Air Pollution

Around a third of all iron ore mining licenses in China will be cancelled as part of a bid to reduce associated emissions, and thus to reduce levels of the country’s deadly air pollution, an official from China’s mining association has announced.

Most of the iron ore mining licenses that will be cancelled belong to small, relatively heavily polluting mines, according to the report. Altogether, more than 1,... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Over 10,000 energy saving certificates trade on IEX on first day

Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) said that 10,904 Energy Saving Certificates were sold in the first ever trading held yesterday.

"In the first-ever Energy Saving Certificate (ESCerts) trading session held on September 26, 2017 at IEX, a total of 10,904 ESCerts were traded at Rs 1,200 per ESCert," IEX said in a statement issued today.

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Source: ET Energyworld

ADB to increase annual lending to India to $4 billion

The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday said it will increase its annual lending to India to a maximum of $4 billion between 2018 and 2022 to help fasten inclusive economic transformation towards upper middle income status.

“ADB’s programme in India will focus on three main pillars of activity during the 5-year period — boosting economic competitiveness to create more and well-paid jobs, improved access to... Read more..

Source: Business Line

No free power for poor under Saubhagya; demand to rise by 28GW

The government today said power will not be provided free of cost to any category of consumer under the recently launched Saubhagya scheme, which aims to provide electricity to all. 

The scheme is expected to increase the energy requirement by 28,000 MW per year. 

However, under the scheme the poor families... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Global carbon emissions stood still in 2016, offering climate hope

Global emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide remained static in 2016, a welcome sign that the world is making at least some progress in the battle against global warming by halting the long-term rising trend.

All of the world’s biggest emitting nations, except India, saw falling or static carbon emissions due to less coal burning and increasing renewable energy, according to data published on Thursday... Read more..

Source: The Guardian

Nike Introduces Recycled Leather Material for Shoes

Nike has introduced a new material made from at least 50% recycled natural leather fibers, the sports apparel company announced. Called Flyleather, the material is designed to mimic athletic full-grain leather for shoes.

Normally during leather manufacturing, as much as 30% of a cow’s hide gets discarded, Nike says. For Flyleather, the company gathers leather scraps from tannery floors and turns them into... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

India seeks funds from World Bank and ADB for electric buses

India has sought funds from World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to procure electric buses for all major cities to fuel its electric mobility plan.

“We’ve requested them to provide such loan at reasonable rates so that we can procure e-buses and give them to state road transport corporations. Loan can be paid back through the savings that would be made on account of moving to electric from diesel,”... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

LVMH to double its internal carbon funds

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the LVMH Group Environment Department has announced its intention to double its internal carbon funds. The Group is considering new initiatives in sustainability and looks to the future with the “LIFE 2020” roadmap. The world leader in luxury, LVMH created a corporate level Environment Department back in 1992. 

LVMH pursues a long-term vision and has a special responsibility... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Spectre of crop burning rises again, air quality under threat

Paddy stubble burning, which triggers episodes of smog across Delhi-NCR during winters, is slowly picking up across parts of Haryana and Punjab, sparking concern among states in the region.

The Pollution Control Board of Haryana has confirmed two reports of stubble burning while NASA’s web fire mapper is showing a few red dots scattered across the National Capital Region, including in Punjab.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

New device can turn ambient heat into electricity

Scientists have developed an energy harvesting system that can generate electricity from ambient heat, by simply being attached to clothes, windows, and outer walls of a building.
The device is based on a temperature difference between the hot and cold sides.

The temperature difference can be increased as high as 20.9 degrees Celsius, which is much higher than the typical temperature differences of 1.5... Read more..

Source: India Today

JBM enters waste-to-energy biz, signs MoU with Haryana govt

JBM Group today said it has signed a concession agreement with the Haryana government to build and operate a 5 MW power plant that will treat 500 tonne of municipal waste per day, marking its foray into the waste to energy sector.

The project will be developed by JBM Environment Management at an investment of Rs 176 crore and will entail door to door collection of waste, its transportation, construction and... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Siemens Gamesa bags Wind-Solar hydrid energy project in Karnataka

Renewable energy developer Siemens Gamesa today announced it has bagged a contract from an Independent Power Producer to set up a Wind-Solar hybri renewable energy project in Karnataka.

The Wind Solar Hybrid (WiSH) project constitutes the hybridization of an existing 50 MW wind farm with 28.8 MW solar power plant to be executed in the state of Karnataka, the company said in a statement.

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Source: ET Energyworld

International Solar Alliance to become legal entity by next month: MNRE Secy

International Solar Alliance (ISA), the India-headquartered grouping of 121 nations for promotion of solar energy, is set to become an international legal body by end October with at least 15 nations expected to have ratified the framework agreement by then.

“So far, 40 countries have already signed the initiative and eleven have ratified the ISA. As soon as we get 15 ratifications, the ISA will become an... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Green bond sales double to record $3 billion this year

India's focus on renewables has pushed green bond sales to a record high of $3 billion this year, doubling from the year ago, as investors with dedicated funds prefer India over China, where funds aimed at green power have less strict norms of use. 

Sebi stipulates select sectors, including renewable and sustainable (wind, solar,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Power ministry forms committee to encourage private participation in hydropower sector

In a bid to seek more private sector participation in the hydropower sector, the ministry of power has formed a committee under Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA) to propose recommendations to the ministry.

“We want more players to bid for the contracts and we have set up a committee for that. CEA is heading the committee and we have asked them to give inputs on that,” said a senior official close... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Scheme to promote waste-to-energy projects on the cards

Taking a dim view of the recent collapse of the Ghazipur landfill, Power Minister R K Singh today promised that a scheme will be worked out to encourage waste-to-energy projects in all cities and towns across India. 

"We need many such (waste to energy) plants for many more metropolitan cities, towns and cities. As citizens, it is our combined responsibility to handle the waste," Singh said while addressing... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tamil Nadu signs agreement with companies to set up solar power plants

Tamil Nadu government today signed agreements with 16 companies that would invest Rs 9,000 crore for setting up solar power plants to generate 1,500 MW solar energy in the state.

In the first phase, officials of NLC India Limited, Bengaluru-based Raasi Green Earth, Narbheram Vishram Kolkata and NVR Energy exchanged documents with Electricity Minister P Thangamani in the presence of Chief Minister K... Read more..

Source: Money Control

PM Modi launches Saubhagya Yojana to ensure Power For All by March 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya) here at Deendayal Urja Bhawayn, the new corporate office of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

Under Saubhagya, the government plans to ensure electrification of all households in the country in rural as well as urban areas at a cost of Rs 16,320 crore with the central government providing a gross... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

ONGC to fund solar electric stove project: oil minister Pradhan

The union government on Monday said energy major ONGC will fund and encourage startups to carry out research and innovation for development of advance electric household stoves which can be powered using solar power.

According to Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, funds from the "ONGC StartUp Program" will be used to make the idea of solar-powered electric stove a reality.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Tamil Nadu solar auction: Most winners agree to lower prices

In yet another case of winning tariffs being renegotiated, all but two of the 18 winners of the last solar auction held by Tamil Nadu have agreed to lower the prices they had quoted to that of the lowest bidder, Rs 3.47 per kwH. The mega tender of 1,500 MW, which was opened in early July, had seen winning bids between Rs 3.47 per kwH and Rs 3.97 per kwH.

The lowest price was quoted by Raasi Green Earth,... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Telangana weighs incentive package to woo Electric Vehicle players

The Telangana government is currently weighing the incentive options as it plans to woo players in the electric vehicles (EV) segment.

The government has come up with the final draft of a comprehensive EV policy, which is expected to be unveiled in the next one-and-a-half to two months, a senior official said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Develop auto tech to address pollution: Gadkari to industry

Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has asked the domestic automobile industry to work on indigenous technologies to help reduce pollution. It needs to work on auto technologies that can use electricity, he said.

The Minister, who is also in charge of shipping and water resources, told reporters here on Sunday that he is not “against” the automobile industry, which is exporting... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Government tender for electric cars revised to include more companies

The government has revised its tender seeking to buy electric cars for the use of the state, following objections by some companies that the specifications initially put out were tailored to suit a certain manufacturer.

Specifically, the state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), which is buying 10,000 electric cars, has done away with the requirement that these have to be sedans, according to the... Read more..

Source: livemint

Draft norms for wind block surveys issued

The ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) has unveiled draft guidelines on private participation in studies for identifying offshore wind power blocks.

Private entities will have no rights to the wind blocks identified as part of their surveys and studies. However, they will have rights over the data collected and can sell it to any third party subject to government’s approval.

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Source: livemint

NGT directs Delhi govt, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on progress in Yamuna cleaning

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government and the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) to submit a status report on the progress of the work in the first phase of cleaning the river Yamuna.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the AAP government and the DJB to file a comprehensive report on the project, which aims to bring down pollution levels in the Najafgarh and Delhi Gate drains.

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