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Go for bio-digesters, Hyderabad hotels told

In order to improve sanitation in the city, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has decided to set up bio-digester compost units which can generate manure and methane (cooking) gas from wet garbage (food waste). The civic body is contemplating installing one unit in each hotel, restaurant and function hall.

City Mayor Bonthu Rammohan said the hotel managements, during a meeting with them, were... Read more..

Source: The Hans India

National Mission for Clean Ganga clears Rs.1900 crore for Namami Gange Programme

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) approved projects worth Rs.1,900 crore on Monday for the creation of sewage treatment infrastructure in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi under the Namami Gange Programme.

The NMCG has given the go-ahead to projects to the tune of Rs.4,100 crore during the past three months in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Delhi. In April, MNCG had approved 26... Read more..

Source: The Statesman

Maharashtra starts industry rating to check emissions

In a first in India, industries in Maharashtra will be on regular monitoring of particulate matter and other air pollutants and they will get government rating based on their emission levels.

For this, the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) on Monday released a first-of-its-kind five-star rating system that aims to identify and share information on pollution with the public and the respective... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Solar panels, batteries may power lights and fans on 250 trains

Indian Railways will install flexible solar panels and batteries to power fans and lights on 250 local trains, giving another boost to India’s rapidly growing renewable energy programme.

The railways have not yet decided where these trains will ply but it has already floated the tender to install the systems on trains, a government official said. The tender requires winning parties to first execute projects... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

EESL takes up first rural LED streetlighting project in Andhra Pradesh

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd has initiated a French agency funded project to retrofit 10 lakh conventional street lights with LED lights in Gram Panchayats of 7 districts in Andhra Pradesh.

This is the first project for rural LED street lighting in the country under the Centre’s Street Lighting National Project (SLNP).

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Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: eesl, LED, street lighting

ASUS to Recycle 20 Percent of Its Global E-waste by 2025

Taiwanese tech giant ASUS on Monday announced the recycling of 20 per cent of its global electronic waste (e-waste) by 2025.

Currently, ASUS has joint ventures in 14 countries which entails 70 per cent of its global business with qualified local recyclers to help recycle e-waste.

"Last year, ASUS recycled... Read more..

Source: NEWS 18

Pune Metro to generate 17MW of solar power

The Pune metro rail, which is being developed by Maha Metro, aims to draw 65 per cent of its energy needs from solar panels which will be installed on the metro, officials of Maha-metro said at an even held on World Environment Day in Chinchwad.   

Speaking at a function to celebrate the World Environment Day, Brijesh Dixit, Managing Director, MAHA-Metro said on Monday that they plan to generate 17 MW energy... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Railways begin trial runs for solar trains in Jodhpur

In line with Indian Railways’ mission to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, North Western Railway (NWR) has started test runs for using solar panel on coaches for powering lights and fans.

If the trials are successful, then the technology would be used in regular trains in a phase-wise manner, an official said.

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Source: Hindustan Times

M. Venkaiah Naidu launches waste segregation scheme

Emphasising the importance of solid waste management, Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday urged Delhiites to segregate garbage to prevent environmental degradation.

Speaking at the launch of a municipal solid waste segregation programme on the occasion of World Environment Day at Talkatora Stadium here, Mr. Naidu said: “The two most pertinent issues plaguing the world right now are... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Dubai set for world’s cheapest night-time solar power

World Environment Day featured record-low solar bids submitted for Dubai’s upcoming project that will allow the sun to power thousands of homes at night.

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) announced yesterday the prices from four consortiums for the 200-megawatt fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

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Source: The National

ICICI Bank commissions 200 solar-powered ATMs

ICICI Bank commissioned over 200 solar powered ATM sites in the last one year as part of its efforts to reduce carbon footprint and use more clean energy. ICICI Bank has reduced its overall energy consumption in large offices and branches from 198 million units in 2013-14 to 164 million units in 2016-17, saving 34.2 million units in last three years, the bank said.

“This is equivalent to the amount of energy... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Greenpeace launches solar bus in Delhi to create awareness

A solar bus – lit up with LED bulbs and complete with a refrigerator and an air-conditioner – started a 20-day journey in the city today to demonstrate how solar power can run an entire household.

Called the Solar Comet, the “house on wheels” with solar panels fitted on the roof was flagged off by environment group Greenpeace India to mark World Environment Day.

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Source: Business Line

Railways to reduce emission by 33 per cent by 2030

Going green, the Indian Railways is stepping up efforts to reduce emission by 33 per cent in the next 10-12 years through sustained energy efficiency measures and and maximum use of clean fuel.

Promoting low carbon mass transportation system, the Railways will be using 5 per cent bio diesel and CNG/LNG for traction while stepping up use of renewables up to 10 per cent of its energy needs by 2030.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NTPC forays into EV charging stations business

State-run power giant NTPC today entered into the new business segment of setting up charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) and has installed first such points at its offices in Delhi and Noida.

The main objective in setting up EV charging points is to be part of promoting clean energy transportation, it said, adding that it will also eventually push demand for such vehicles as well as power generated... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

SBI, World Bank finance ₹400-cr solar projects

State Bank of India and the World Bank announced on Friday that they had financed 100 MW of rooftop solar projects worth ₹400 crore in India.

The World Bank aid helped the public sector SBI lower the lending rate to project developers, according to SBI Deputy Managing Director Karnam Sekar. “The support from World Bank has helped lowering the interest rate by 3-3.5 per cent from the 11-12 per cent lending... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Karnataka to end power deficit in a year: D K Shiva Kumar

Karnataka is on the road to becoming self-sufficient in power by next year. If all goes as per plan, the power-deficient state will also supply electricity to other southern states after meeting its needs.

"The state is facing a power deficit of about 1000 MW at present. A couple of projects are already lined up for commissioning and we will massively augment the solar and wind energy capacity to ensure we... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Varanasi to be clean energy city before Munich: Piyush Goyal

Power Minister Piyush Goyal has taken up the challenge to rapidly make Varanasi a 100 per cent clean energy city to steal a march on Germany's Munich.

The German city is scheduled to flaunt the tag by 2025.

"Noting Munich's aim to become 100 per cent renewable energy powered city by 2025, Goyal threw a... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Paris Agreement: Formal US exit possible only in 2020

It remains to be seen whether French President Emmanuel Macron's riposte to US President Trump -"Make Our Planet Great Again" -will actually encourage nations to remain firm on their climate commitments when Trump has also spoken about the option of renegotiating terms for an American re-entry .

However, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has clearly ruled out the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

North Western Railways turns innovative, plans energy from plastic

The authorities of North Western Railways (NWR) have drawn up an innovative plan to generate energy from plastic bottles and cups that are disposed of at the Jaipur junction every day.

The NWR would set-up a waste-to-energy plant that would generate energy from the plastic waste. The capacity of the plant will be 5 ton MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) per day. Chief public relations officer of NWR, Tarun Jain... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Chennai international and domestic airport to become 90 percent solar dependent next year

The Chennai international and domestic airport is set to become 90 per cent dependent on solar power from the beginning of next financial year, said R Balasundaram, an engineer at the Airport Authority of India, who is part of the team deploying the project.

The project estimated to cost nearly Rs 30 crore will generate nearly 32,000 units of electricity a day. The first phase of this project was implemented... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

IKEA UK & Ireland launches ‘textile take-back’ scheme

IKEA UK & Ireland has launched a new textile take-back scheme at its Cardiff store, encouraging customers to recycle unwanted textiles and help the local community.

As the first IKEA textile take-back initiative in the UK, the scheme will give customers in Cardiff the opportunity to bring in any unwanted textiles purchased from any store – from clothing to soft furnishings – to be reused, repaired or... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

Godavari cleared of 160 tonne waste

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) in association with around 600 non-government organisations (NGOs) conducted a drive to clean river Godavari in the city ahead of the World Environment Day.

Apart from Godavari, the river cleaning drives were also conducted at Nasardi, Vaghadi and Valdevi. Around 160 tonne of garbage were collected during the drive.

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Source: The Times of India

Coimbatore Corporation gears up to implement 100% segregation of waste

Following the National Green Tribunal's order, the Coimbatore Corporation is gearing up to implement 100% segregation of waste at source in the city in the next three months. The corporation is also planning to make door-to-door segregation and awareness campaigns on June 5 as part of the 'World Environment Day' celebrations.

"We will distribute pamphlets requesting residents to segregate their waste at home... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Paris climate pact can't be renegotiated: UNFCCC

The Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted by 194 countries is a historic treaty and cannot be renegotiated, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said on Friday.

The Paris Agreement remains a historic treaty signed by 194 and ratified by 147 countries. Therefore it cannot be renegotiated based on the request of a single Party (the US), the UNFCCC said in a statement here.... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Donald Trump pulls out of Paris climate deal, says it favours India, China more

President Donald Trump today announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change and renegotiate the deal that was agreed upon by over 190 countries during the previous Obama administration.

Arguing that countries like China and India are benefiting the most from the Paris Agreement, Trump said that the agreement on climate change was unfair to the United States, as it badly... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times