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Punjab Calls For Use Of Eco-Friendly Election Items To Prevent Waste

Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju has asked all the political parties to use eco-friendly material for campaigning during  Lok Sabha elections as per directions of Election Commission of India and Kerala high court's decision. Mr Raju asked parties not utilise single-use plastic material as it causes adverse impact on human health and environment.  

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Source: NDTV

Top power companies bid for three-year PPA with states

Power plants of JSW Energy, Jaiprakash Associates, Jindal Power, Sembcorp Gayatri and Essar Power are among 16 projects that bid for three-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with states. The auction for 2,500 mw of PPAs has received bids aggregating 4,077 mw. Given the good response, government is expecting lower tariffs in the range of Rs 3.50-Rs 4 per unit in the current round of the PPA auction against... Read more..

Source: Energy Economic Times

Under NDA, rural drinking water takes a back seat

Water is central to human sustenance but millions of Indians do not get enough of it. In 2015, 163 million Indians lacked access to clean water near their homes, the highest figure in the world according to WaterAid, a non-governmental organization focusing on global water issues. Most of these Indians live in rural areas where both the quantity and quality of water is inadequate. Under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), these issues have been addressed slightly but remain prevalent—in part because of a... Read more..

Source: Livemint

India, ANZ Lead APAC in The Good Report Highlighting Campaigns for Social Responsibility

T he Good Report has revealed its list of the world’s best use of creative communications to promote sustainability and social responsibility to raise awareness of major social and environmental issues. In Asia, FCB Ulka Mumbai, Host Havas Sydney, McCann Health Delhi, Colenso BBDO Auckland among top agencies honored for the best creative social... Read more..

Source: Branding Asia

Hayleys’ Talawakelle Tea wins Best Integrated Reporting at Asia Sustainability Awards

CSR Works International Managing Director Rajesh Chhabara presenting Hayleys Plantations Managing Director Roshan Rajadurai with the Best Integrated Report Award at Asia Sustainability Reporting Awards. Emerging ahead of leading Asian corporates, Hayleys Plantations’ Talawakelle Tea Estates PLC (TTEL) was crowned as winners of Asia’s Best Integrated Report at the fourth Annual Asia Sustainability Reports Awards (ASRA) in Singapore. 

Setting a new benchmark for Sri Lankan corporates, TTEL’s annual report was ranked ahead of leading Asian companies such as Maybank – Malaysia, Singtel... Read more..

Source: The Daily FT

Short-term power prices drop to Rs 3.08 per kWh in February

Short-term power prices continued to decline and landed at Rs. 3.08 per Kilowatt hour (kWh) in February 2019 compared with Rs. 3.23 per unit in the same month last year, research and ratings agency India Ratings and Research said in a report today.

“The decline was driven by a lower energy demand due to an elongated winter season. Available energy increased 1.6 per cent while the increase in energy required... Read more..

Source: Economic Times Energyworld

E-buses gaining traction on Indian roads

It’s the new player that’s stepping hard on the accelerator. Olectra Greentech now has 108 electric buses on roads from Himachal Pradesh to Kerala. It’s also in the race to supply buses to 14 States and cities — from Pune, which is looking for 125 buses in the next two years, to pollution-ridden Delhi, which tendered for 385 e-buses and hopes to have over 1,000 within two years. Olectra has also done a pilot e-bus run between Delhi and Agra.

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Source: The Hindu BusinessLine

Action plan for 37 'eco-smart stations' will be implemented in 3 months: Indian Railways to NGT

The Centre has told the National Green Tribunal that action plan for 37 railway stations which are to be developed as "eco-smart stations" will be implemented in three months. The Centre told a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel that nodal officers have been identified by the railway administration to oversee the implementation of environment management systems at the 37 stations.

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Source: Zee Business

Andhra Pradesh Proposes Creative New DISCOM-Driven Rooftop Solar Program

Rooftop solar has a promising future in India where land is a scarce commodity. So far, rooftop solar has lagged well behind large-scale projects making up only 12 percent of the total solar installations in the country according to Mercom Q4 and Annual 2018 India Solar Market Quarterly Update. With this in mind, the Andhra Pradesh utility has now come up with a novel idea to tap the potential of rooftop solar with the involvement of distribution companies from the beginning of the installation process.... Read more..

Source: Mercom India

CPPIB may invest in Piramal’s renewables, roads platforms

The Ajay Piramal-led Piramal Group, which has set up platforms to acquire operating renewable energy and roads assets, has roped in Canada’s largest pension fund manager Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) as an anchor investor, said two people aware of the development.

In July 2018, Piramal Group chairman Ajay Piramal had said in an interview that the group aims to set up an aggregation-cum-investment platform for renewable energy and road assets.

The proposed platforms for roads and renewable energy assets will see a total commitment of close to $2 billion,... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Congress assures to fight air pollution, global warming; protect wildlife, water bodies, CRZs

The Congress Tuesday said it recognised air pollution as a national public health emergency and promised an action agenda that will place India at the forefront of the battle against global warming.

The party said that it will advance India's interests in international negotiations on climate change and environment.

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Source: Business Standard

The 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs Banking On Clean Energy In Asia

Finding alternative -- and cleaner -- sources of energy has become an all-important mission for young entrepreneurs in Asia.

From Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar to India’s Mohali, honourees from this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list are working hard to replace fossil fuel and reduce its associated environmental and health impact. The stake has never been higher: About one-third, or 2.2 million of the world’s... Read more..

Source: Forbes

Chhattisgarh's first people biodiversity register released

The People's Biodiversity Register (PBR) of Tourenga Gram Panchayat was formally released recently at the function held in Mainpur village of Raipur district. 

The document, published with the technical guidance from Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) was handed over to additional principal chief conservator of forest & member secretary of Chhattisgarh State Biodiversity Board, Sanjay Kumar Ojha.

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Source: The Times of India
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46% of tea produced in India is sustainable and safe, says Trustea

Trustea, a locally developed and owned Indian sustainability code and verification system for the Indian tea sector, has announced that it has verified 608 million kg of tea as being “sustainable and safe”. The total verified commodity is almost half (46 per cent) of the total tea produced in the country.

The code has reported a 38 per cent increase in 2018, indicating a clear transition towards changing... Read more..

Source: The Hindu BusinessLine

Crates to Bottles: Ahmedabad Man Uses Waste to Build Sustainable Spaces

Design is a lot like music; the right balance needs to be maintained. One wrong chord and everything comes crashing down!” says Yatin Pandya, an Ahmedabad-based architect.

For over 34 years now, Pandya has been creating both personal and public spaces that ‘aim for the whole’ while using municipal and industrial waste as construction material.

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Source: The Better India

MNRE issues advisory against procuring solar modules from Chinese company

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) today issued an advisory against procuring solar photo voltaic (PV) modules from China’s CSUN Trading (Hong Kong) or CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science Technology after receiving numerous representations from various Indian companies regarding breach of contract from the Chinese companies.
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Source: Energy- Economic Times

New Development Bank to focus on greater sustainability

The New Development Bank (NDB) will place a greater emphasis on sustainable development, its president Kundapur Vaman Kamath said on the opening day of the 4th annual meeting of the NDB in Cape Town. The NDB is a development bank established by the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) bloc of countries.

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Source: IoL

Industry leaders join hands to address climate change, create new model of growth by 2022

Industry leaders have come together under the umbrella of India 2022 Coalition to address the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Create an ecosystem for rural entrepreneurship to thrive: Vice President

Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for creating an ecosystem for entrepreneurship to thrive and encourage youth to become job creators instead of job seekers.

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Source: Press Information Bureau

Actis buys 194MW solar portfolio from Shapoorji Pallonji

Sprng Energy, an India-focused renewable energy arm of London-based investor Actis, has acquired a 194MW operational solar portfolio from Mumbai headquartered conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji Infrastructure Capital (SP Infra) in order to grow its India PV portfolio.

“A year ago, we decided to divest a part of our operating portfolio in order to redeploy capital for the development of new solar projects. We... Read more..

Source: PV-Tech

German help for South Asia’s biggest floating solar power plant in West Bengal

Bengal is set to get South Asia’s biggest floating solar power plant. The 500MW plant is likely to attract an investment of Rs 2,500 crore. Sources in power department indicated that Kangsabati river at Mukutmanipur could be the location for the project. If everything goes as per plans, it may also become the country’s first floating solar power plant. The Centre has plans to set up two such plants in Maharashtra and Kerala too.

Water from coal mines benefits 7 lakh people

Coal has always been identified as the primary source of energy in India, fuelling 55% of power generation. But thanks to a series of policy initiatives by the Narendra Modi government, the Black Diamond industry is now also quenching thirst of nearly seven lakh beneficiaries in 498 villages across six coal-bearing states.
According to coal ministry data, some 6,100 lakh cubic metre, or 16,700 litres per day, of water is pumped out annually from the mines of India's biggest coal producer, Coal India.
Until a few years ago , coal mines utilised only a small portion of this water... Read more..

Source: Energy - Economic Times

Ex-Tata executives start fund to spur change at Indian companies

at Indian companies, in a rare attempt to influence management in a country where shareholder activism has largely failed to take hold. 

Former Tata employees including Mukund Rajan and Govind Sankaranarayanan have partnered with Ajit Dayal, the founder of mutual fund firm Quantum Advisors... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India levies anti-dumping duty on solar cell component from four nations

India has imposed anti-dumping duty of up to $1,559 per tonne on imports of a certain type of sheet used in solar cell making from China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand for five years to safeguard domestic players against cheap shipments.
In a notification, the Department of Revenue has said that after considering the recommendations of the commerce ministry's investigation arm DGTR, it is... Read more..
Source: Energy- Economic Times

Tata Power, IGL join hands to set up EV charging stations, solar plants

Private sector electricity generator Tata Power and Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) today announced signing of a pact to jointly set up electric vehicle charging stations, battery swapping stations and rooftop solar power plants among other focus areas. “The MoU will explore possibilities of co-operation in setting up large scale Solar Group Captive Power Projects under the Captive Policy of Government of India for IGL’... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times