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India, Europe 29 nations to cooperate in AI, green energy, IT, pharma, smart-cities

“India and the Europe 29 group of Central, Northern and East European countries hold growth potential in areas such as artificial intelligence, new age technologies, new manufacturing technologies and can be the beacons of growth in a slowing world,” Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said. “The two regions have a lot of complementarities in areas such as smart cities, clean and renewable energy, start ups, IT and ITES and can develop a strong economic relationship with each other,” Goyal said at the India-Europe 29 Business Forum organised by the Ministry of External Affairs... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Gujarat: Solar power to breathe life back into defunct Sewage Treatment Plants

The defunct sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the 170 municipalities across Gujarat are expected to be made functional again using solar power. The state government’s urban development department has initiated a pilot project to run STPs in eight municipalities and water treatment plants (WTPs) in 15 towns on solar energy instead of the conventional electricity. Most STPs in the urban local bodies (ULCs) have been languishing due to heft power bills and poor electricity managements. Sources said that the municipalities owe an estimated Rs 300 crore to various state-run distribution... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Surat to have plastic waste mgmt centre

A two-member team from Union petroleum ministry-run Central Institute of Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) visited the Diamond city on Tuesday. They had come to discuss the initial plan for setting up a plastic waste management centre in the city. Surat is one of the four cities in the country where plastic waste management centres are being set up by the union government with a basic grant of Rs 6 crore for each centre. The other three cities are Benaras, Bengaluru and Patna. Local body will help in setting up the infrastructure on its land which will essentially work as a... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Climate Transparency Review Warns All G20 Countries Need to Increase NDC Ambition

Climate Transparency has released the 2019 ‘Brown to Green’ report, an annual review of climate action by the Group of 20 (G20). The report analyzes G20 country mitigation, adaptation and finance measures, and assesses where G20 countries are in relation to 1.5°C benchmarks. The publication titled, ‘Brown to Green: The G20 Transition Towards a Net-Zero Emissions Economy,’ finds that China, the EU and its G20 member States, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are projected to meet or surpass their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets, when land use... Read more..

Source: IISD SGD Knowledge Hub

Rs 360-cr subsidy given to 285,000 EV buyers under FAME India: Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that about 2.85 lakh buyers of electric/hybrid vehicles have been supported by a subsidy of Rs 360 crore under the FAME India Scheme. He said that the benefit of incentives to buyers of mild hybrid vehicles under Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in (FAME-INDIA) scheme was withdrawn with effect from April 1, 2017, based on the third-party evaluation of Phase-I of FAME India Scheme. Javadekar, the Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises informed the Lower House in a written reply. "The Phase-I of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Environment minister launches plastic waste mgmt programme

Energy and environment minister Balineni Srinivas Reddy launched the plastic waste management programme at the Ajith Singh Nagar dumping yard in the city on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that the state government is committed to making the state plastic free by 2022. The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) and the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) have already started shifting segregated plastic waste to cement projects at the Jaggaiahpet area as part of the plastic waste management programme. In course of the launch, the environment minister said... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Urban India will soon have at least one EV charging station every 3 km

The government is going full throttle in its efforts to realise the ambition of making India an electric vehicle hub by 2030. In the first phase of Electric Vehicles (EV) rollout plan, the power ministry is targetting 4 billion-plus population cities under the EV policy initiative. It plans to cover all the state capitals, union territories, major highways and key cities under the second phase. "In a grid of 3-by-3 kilometere (km), atleast one public charging station will be set up in urban areas. For the highways, atleast one fast charging station is planned for every 100 kms," ministry's... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Finally, Kochi to have waste-to-energy plant

After a delay of more than one-and-a-half year, GJ Eco Power Private Ltd, the promoters of waste-to-energy plant, has started the work on the project. The project got the building permit, the last one among a slew of approvals, a few days ago and the company started site preparation works. The first phase of the project, which aims at generating power from refuse derived fuel (RDF) pellets, will be operational by January 2021. “The second phase, which focuses on power generation through gasification plant, will be completed within six months after the completion of the first phase. We have... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Plan to introduce electric buses in Andhra Pradesh dropped

The Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) has dropped the move to introduce 350 electric buses. On the directions of the state Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, the APSRTC cancelled its tender floated in September seeking to deploy the electric buses. Initially, he wanted to introduce 1,000 such buses at one-go but later reduced the number to 350 because of 'logistic reasons.' Just days before the tender was supposed to be opened, the Chief Minister wanted it to be referred to the Judicial Preview Commission for scrutiny as per theAndhra Pradesh Infrastructure (... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Piramal partners with Gates Foundation to improve health in India's tribal districts

Piramal Foundation, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of Piramal Group, on November 19 announced the setting up of a Tribal Health Collaborative for India in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The new collaborative will focus on improving health and nutrition in high-burden and tribal districts, in support of the Government of India's work to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 by 2030. SDG 3 is focused on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all. The Tribal Health Collaborative aims to build a high-performing, sustainable health... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Energy demand in Asia Pacific could grow 15% from 2019 to 6,800 mn tons of oil equivalent in 2040

Recent research by analysis firm Wood Mackenzie indicates that Asia Pacific’s decarbonisation bill could hit $3.5 trillion by 2040. This will have to include investments in nuclear, hydel power, solar, wind & hydrogen, collectively referred to as zero-carbon energy between now and 2040. Majority of Asia Pacific’s decarbonisation bill will come from the power and transport sectors, as both accounted for over 50% of the region’s carbon emissions last year. This significant shift requires investment and support from all stakeholders especially China and India. Head of markets and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

MG Motor sets up first public charging stn ahead of EV launch

MG Motor India on Tuesday announced installation of the first charging station at its flagship showroom in Gurugram ahead of the launch of its first electric vehicle (EV) SUV, ZS. The 50 KW DC charging station has been installed by the domestic subsidiary of the Finland-based clean energy major, Fortum Charge and Drive, a release said. MG Motor India's first pure electric car the MG ZS is slated for launch next month. "With an aim to be the leader in the EV segment in India, we are pulling out all stops to ensure adequate charging infrastructure for our first EV customers. Our endeavour is... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Lack of charging stations: Dealers hesitant to roll out e-cars in Kerala

Car manufacturers who have brought out electric cars are yet to roll out these vehicles into Kerala market. Representatives of car dealers said that lack of public charging stations (PCS) was the main reason for not making these vehicles available for customers. A sales representative with the dealer of Hyundai said, “We are yet to get sales approval for introducing the vehicles to the market. It is practically difficult to introduce the vehicles as there are not enough PCS. If a vehicle stops in between a journey, it will not be possible to recharge the vehicle and it will reflect... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

J&K fails to achieve solar energy generation target

Even five years after the signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Union Government on generating 7,500 mw solar power energy, the authorities have failed to achieve the target in this regard. In March 2014, the then NC-Congress government of Omar Abdullah had signed the MoU with the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, for the implementation of solar power projects of the capacity of 7,500 mw, but on ground, nothing has been done so far. Under the MoU, solar projects of the capacity of 5,000 MW in Ladakh and 2,500 mw in Kargil, possessing... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

Hydro generation jumps 16% in current fiscal; Non-fossil fuel share at record high

India's hydroelectricity generation soared 16 per cent this financial year so far, the highest in five years, as the share of power generated from non-fossil fuels jumped to a record high, feeding the rising energy demand of the world's fastest-growing major economy. Power Minister R K Singh said electricity generation in India rose 7.4 per cent in the first quarter ended June 2019, and 6.7 per cent in July. It was flat in September and tapered in the following month as excess rainfall in several parts of the country reduced demand for air conditioning and irrigation requirement. "During... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Sustainability Outlook partners with Center for Responsible Business for the 6th Annual Sustainability Conference

The theme this year is “Market Dynamics & Social Dilemmas of Promoting Sustainable Business”

New Delhi, Delhi, India:  Centre for Responsible Business, a think-tank for promoting sustainability practices has launched the Sixth edition of its annual flagship conference, India & Sustainability Standards (ISS), a melting pot for the exchange of diverse multi - stakeholder perspectives and ideas from thought leaders, experts,... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

PM Narendra Modi asks cabinet secretary to sort green corridor’s land, forest issues

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has deputed cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba to resolve issues of land, right of way and forest clearances that Modi said at a recent meeting were hampering the progress of the government’s four-year-old ‘Green Corridor’ project for installing a 19,000 MVA intra-state transmission system for renewable energy across eight states. The Rs 10,141-crore project is being implemented by the state transmission utilities of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Andhra, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Himachal and Madhya Pradesh. It includes building of transmission lines and substations... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

AP govt makes key changes to its energy policies

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday made several key changes to its policies on solar, wind and hybrid power, primarily withdrawing the facility for energy banking and drawal that was purportedly causing a huge financial drain on the power distribution companies (Discoms). In an order, the Jagan Mohan Reddy government said it has observed statutory audit has reported an abnormal spurt in power purchase cost and deteriorated financial position of the Discoms. "Taking this into consideration, and in order to strengthen the financial position of the power utilities, amendments have been... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

ADB to provide USD 91 mn loan for Vijayanagara Channel

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide USD 91 million loan to modernise the Vijayanagara Channel irrigation systems and prepare river basin management plans in the Krishna river. The basin management plan will help improve irrigation water use efficiency and contribute to improve sustainable water security in Karnataka, said the multilateral lending agency after signing the agreement with the government regarding the loan. The investment programme, consisting of two project loans, will help Karnataka's water agencies better draw up and roll out effective river basin management plans... Read more..

Source: Outlook India

Tata Motors to supply 500 EVs to Lithium Urban Tech

Tata Motors on Monday announced a partnership with Lithium Urban Technology, a commercial electric vehicle (EV) fleet provider, bagging an order to supply 500 EVs to Lithium Urban Technologies. Tata Motors and Lithium signed a contract for 400 newly-launched Tigor Sedan EV, with an extended range of 213 km, to be supplied by FY20 and deployed across India, Tata Motors said in a release. This partnership plans to additionally induct 100 EVs, which would include cars to be launched in the near future, like Nexon EV. “This is a big turning point in the EV market, which is now likely to see... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Bayer CropScience's hi-tech farming project to help 2.5 million smallholder farmers

Bayer CropScience, one of the leading crop protection sciences and seeds companies operating in India, has launched Better Life Farming, an initiative to empower 2.5 million Indian smallholder farmers by 2025 through 5,000 agri-entrepreneurs in horticulture, corn and paddy crops. "Over the last few years we have done pilot projects in UP and Jharkhand among chilli and tomato farmers by roping in partners in the agri-value chain such as drip irrigation specialists to large-scale buyers such as Big Basket and DeHaat. Based on the feedback and results, we are now expanding it to a large scale... Read more..

Source: Business Today

Odisha to spend Rs 110 crore for green energy

The State Government will spend around Rs 110 crore to generate 9,623 kW solar energy this year. A total of 29 off-grid projects will be executed in the State during 2019-20 fiscal to generate green energy. Most of these projects will be roof-top solar units connected to grids, said officials of the Science and Technology department. As per the plan, the Government will execute three solar projects at an estimated cost of Rs 20.5 crore for 128 tribal residential schools in the State. The Government plans to generate around 1,280 kW solar power from these projects. Similarly, the Odisha... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Electric chargers to be developed to drive EV wave in India

Fuji Electric India is looking at develop electric chargers for electric vehicles (EV) to be in a sweet spot when EV penetration picks up, said Sriram Ramakrishan, Managing Director of the company at an event held to unveil its India 2.0 plan to expand business operations in the country. Fuji Electric is a 915 billion Yen energy and power electronics global major headquartered in Tokyo, Japan that is looking to make its India revenues double to reach Rs 1,500 crores by 2023. India currently contributes a little over 1% of the parent company’s global revenues. “India is a very competitive... Read more..

Source: ELE Times

Transmission charges waiver for renewables extended for second time

The Power Ministry has extended the period during which renewable energy project developers will be spared interstate transmission system charges for the transmission of electricity generated by their facilities. Originally open until the end of March 2022, the ministry has extended the period by nine months so that all solar and wind projects commissioned during that year will secure a 25-year waiver for the grid charges. As before, however, the waiver is only granted to projects allocated through a competitive bidding process and which sell power to electricity distribution companies... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

No Central funds for Delhi under 'National Clean Air Programme'

The national capital facing severe air pollution has not received any funds from the Centre under the 'National Clean Air Programme' despite being among the 102 non-attainment cities, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday. Calling air pollution as one of the biggest global environmental challenges, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in January 2019 launched the 'National Clean Air Programme' (NCAP). In a reply to a question raised by Prabhat Jha, Rajya Sabha Member from Madhya Pradesh, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change informed the House that 102... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World