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Institution of Engineering and Technology develops an internet of things blueprint for a clean Ganga

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), a non-profit engineering organisation, has created a blueprint through their IoT India panel to implement internet of things devices and related technology for curbing pollution and improving water flow for the 2,525-km long river Ganga. 

Vivek Mehrotra, chairman of IET India IoT Panel’s Ganga Rejuvenation says that Ganga as a river has been neglected for a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

AIIMS planning recycling plant for converting waste into gas

As part of an effort to move away from using conventional energy that pollutes the environment, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) plans to set up a recycling plant to convert organic waste into natural gas. AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said the processing of organic waste will yield natural gas, water and bio-manure. “We are planning to set up a recycling plant which will convert organic waste into natural gas which can further be used in laboratories and kitchens, cafeterias and the... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

PM to launch 'power for all' scheme on Sept 25: R K Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will announce a scheme for providing 24X7 electricity to all on September 25, Power Minister R K Singh said today.

September 25 is also the birth anniversary of RSS ideologue Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

"Another challenge is coming on September 25...when the Prime Minister will... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India to review rooftop solar subsidies in November

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has nearly finished approving all sanctions for rooftop solar subsidies and the sanctioning process will be reviewed in November, according to Hiren Borah, who heads Solar City, Green Building, grid-connected roof top programmes at MNRE.

Speaking at the REI Expo near Delhi, Borah said that the ministry had a INR50 billion (US$769 million) grid-connected... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Indian Oil, HPCL, BPCL eyeing electric vehicles, renewables business

Wary of being left behind in the race for renewables and electric vehicles, oil marketing companies are quietly drawing up plans to expand their modest presence in renewable energy space. 

Indian Oil Corp. Ltd, the largest of the three big oil marketers, is exploring opportunities for setting up battery charging stations and battery replacement facilities for electric vehicles in its petrol pumps. “We are... Read more..

Source: livemint

Green Bank Network Announces Over $29 Billion for Clean Energy Projects Around the Globe

The Green Bank Network has closed transactions that are expected to mobilize more than US$29 billion in public and private capital for clean energy projects around the globe, putting them on pace to exceed their collective goal of US$40 billion by 2019. The announcement was made at the 5th annual Green Bank Congress, part of ClimateWeek NYC. Green Bank Network members are mobilizing as much as 10 dollars in total investment for every one dollar of public capital invested in clean energy projects.... Read more..

Source: FORESTER DAILY NEWS

Will diversify portfolio for next wave of growth, says BHEL

State-owned power equipment maker BHEL today said it will create a diversified portfolio for its next wave of growth that will include areas like solar energy, transportation and water business.

Going beyond thermal power, other areas for capitalising on emerging opportunities include defence and aerospace "to increase the share of business from non-coal areas", BHEL CMD Atul Sobti said at the 53rd Annual... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Azure Power Commissions 50 MW NTPC Solar Project in Uttar Pradesh

Azure Power (NYSE: AZRE), a leading independent solar power producer in India, has announced that it has commissioned the final phase of its 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The 50 MW project is spread across 300+ acres of land.

Azure Power will provide power for 25 years at a tariff of INR 4.78 (~US$ 0.07) per kWh to NTPC, the largest power utility of the Government of India... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Scientists develop turbine that can harness electricity from ocean currents

Scientists have developed a new turbine that can harness energy from ocean currents to produce low-cost and sustainable electricity.

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) in Japan began a project titled "Sea Horse," which aims to harness energy from the Kuroshio ocean current that flows from the eastern coast of Taiwan and around the southern parts of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Mahindra launches India’s first mobile PV testing lab as some project performances plunge

Mahindra Susten has launched what it claims to be India’s first mobile PV lab as quality standards are set to be brought in and some third-party solar projects see significant module performance drops across the country.

Speaking to PV Tech at the REI Expo near Delhi, Satish Pandey, head, performance analytics and PV testing, Mahindra Susten, said: “The main reason behind this is after one year or two years... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Punjab Pollution Control Board promoting adoption of Zinc recovery plant at Mandi Gobindgarh to curb pollution

In an effort to use the hazardous waste of induction furnaces and recover valuable metals, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) aims at promoting more firms to adopt this technology that would help save environment pollution.

A pilot zinc recovery plant set up by a private firm, M/s Madhav Alloys Pvt Ltd, situated at Gobindgarh was today inaugurated by   K.S Pannu, chairman of the Punjab Pollution... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

Gap, Nike, Levi Strauss & Co, Guess, Eileen Fisher and VF Corporation join Science Based Targets initiative

As Climate Week begins in New York, six top apparel companies have joined the Science Based Targets initiative. Gap, Nike, Levi Strauss & Co, Guess, Eileen Fisher and VF Corporation have committed to set emission reduction targets consistent with global efforts to limit warming to well below two degrees Celsius, joining companies like H&M and Asics. 

Fashion brands like H&M, Asics, Kering, PUMA,... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

No plans to launch electric vehicles in India, will wait for infra: Toyota

Toyota has no plans to launch an electric vehicle in India and would wait for the charging infrastructure to develop before taking a call on launching such models, according to a senior official of Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM).

"We have no plans to go electric," vice chairman and whole-time director of TKM, Shekar Viswanathan told PTI over buzz around EVs (electric vehicles) in the domestic auto industry... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Greater Chennai Corporation backs low-pollution waste management plan

Greater Chennai Corporation's proposed solid waste management revamp plan will pollute the city less as the civic body has decided to make biomethanation a key link - apart from incinerator units - in the waste collection-treatment-disposal chain.

Alterations will be made to packages three and four of the civic body's four-part (each called a package) 1,442-crore solid waste management revamp plan, which TOI... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Ghazipur: NGT Seeks Report on 'Segregation, Disposal' of Waste

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Delhi government and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) to submit a report on segregation, compaction and disposal of waste at the Ghazipur landfill site.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked them to submit an action plan with regard to fresh waste of nearly 800 metric tonnes that is being brought to the landfill site... Read more..

Source: NEWS18
Subject Tags: NGT, waste management

Assocham urges UP govt to develop three SEZs for solar energy

Industry body Assocham today urged the Uttar Pradesh government to prepare three special economic zones (SEZs) for solar energy development and try to encourage private players in the field.

"It is our suggestion that the government should make three SEZs and make all the facilities available there for solar energy development. The investors should be attracted and ensure that their investment is safe,"... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Clarify stand on BS-I, BS-II vehicles: NGT to northern states

The National Green Tribunal on Thursday asked five northern states to clarify their stand on plying and registration of Bharat Stage-I and Bharat Stage-II vehicles which have been banned in Delhi-NCR. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh governments to clearly state by tomorrow if they were prepared to accept these vehicles in their areas.

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Source: The Indian Express
Subject Tags: BS-I, BS-II, industry news, NGT, pollution

Sikkim: Project launched for managing complex disasters in face of climate change

Sikkim chief secretary Alok Kumar Shrivastava has launched ‘Capacity Building Strategies’ for managing complex disasters in the face of climate change.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India. It is being implemented by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and the technical organisation SEEDS with support from the State Disaster... Read more..

Source: India.com

Vietnam utility and World Bank install solar measurement stations to encourage deployment

The World Bank and Vietnam’s monopoly utility EVN have installed five solar measurement stations in order to promote renewables deployment.

The stations, located in Song Binh, Bac Binh district, Binh Thuan province, will collect data on solar radiation that will be published and made freely available online. The hope is that the data will encourage and assist developers interested in building solar power... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Adobe’s Bangalore Office Among First in India To Be Powered 100% by Renewable Energy

With Climate Week NYC 2017 underway in New York, Vince Digneo, Sustainability Strategist, Adobe, blogs on the company’s efforts to reduce its emissions in India and the benefits for the local community.

Adobe’s Bangalore site is going solar. We recently signed a 2.5-megawatt, grid-scale, solar power purchase agreement (PPA) for our Bangalore office, which will provide enough power to cover our annual energy... Read more..

Source: The Climate Group

Power supply to two printing units disconnected for discharging effluents into open ground in Tirupur

The district collector K S Palanisamy has directed to disconnect electricity connections to two textile printing units for discharging effluents into open ground in Tirupur on Thursday.

Chairing the district coordination committee, the collector took the action based on the recommendations given by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) on the units which were located near Kangeyam Road and... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Daimler set to bring electric trucks in India

Commercial vehicle maker Daimler has completed five years in the Indian market with the BharatBenz brand and also expanded its portfolio with the country’s first-ever Euro-V compliant special edition truck.

With the launch of its electric Fuso e-Canter truck in New York, the German truck maker has also shown interest in bringing its electric trucks to the Indian market.

... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

‘Polluting’ brick-kilns in NCR to be closed for four months

The booming realty sector is set to be adversely hit in the National Capital Region (NCR) with brick-kilns not conforming to environment norms slated to be closed for four months—October to January.

In compliance with the directions of the Supreme Court-monitored Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority headed by Bhure Lal, the Haryana Government has ordered closure of the brick-kilns that... Read more..

Source: The Tribune
Subject Tags: industry news, pollution

TERI enters into sustainability partnership with state government to develop Smart City.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between the Capital Region Development Authority of Andhra Pradesh (APCRDA), State Energy Efficiency Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (APSEEDCO) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for implementation of Green Buildings and Sustainable Habitat at the upcoming new capital township of Amaravati.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Sreedhar Cherukuri, Commissioner, APCRDA, Mr. A. Chandra

... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

India ready to work above and beyond Paris climate deal: Sushma Swaraj

India on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to the landmark Paris climate change agreement, saying it is willing to "work above and beyond" the pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, during a UN 'Leadership Summit on Environment Pact', said that India had been at the forefront of the debate on environment and development. 

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times