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Policy stability with the re-election of NDA government to support capacity growth in renewable energy sector

The policy support by the central government as well as improved cost competitiveness has increased the share of renewable energy (RE) based capacity in the overall installed power generation capacity to 21.8 percent as on March 31, 2019 from 12.9% as on March 31, 2014. Similarly, the share of RE based generation in the overall generation mix at all India level increased to 9.2 percent in FY2019 from 5.6 percent in FY2015. With the re-election of the NDA, the Central government is expected to continue the... Read more..

Source: Energy Next

Social enterprise Sistema.bio raises $12M, to help 2 lakh farmers in India and globally

Social enterprise Sistema.bio on Monday said it had raised $12 million from investors, to help two lakh farmers globally, including India, over the next three years. "Shell Foundation, DILA CAPITAL, Engie RDE Fund, EcoEnterprise Fund, EDFIMC (ElectriFI), Endeavor Catalyst Fund, CoCapital, Triodos, Alpha Mundi, and Lendahand are among the investors and creditors participating in the round," the company said in a statement. The enterprise plans to impact two lakh smallholder farmers in India, Kenya, Mexico, and... Read more..

Source: Yours Story

Activists in Tripura raise alarm over rising plastic pollution in villages

Ahead of the World Environment Day on June 6, several social organizations in Tripura participated in the ‘Himalayan cleanup’ initiative in a bid to discourage the use of plastics. The initiative took off last year with a massive cleanup drive in 12 hilly states across India, bordering the Himalayan Range. This year, the cleanup was held in Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. Activists who took part in Sunday’s drive claimed that plastic pollution in rural Tripura has alarmingly reached the levels recorded in... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

India needs to double its installed power-generation capacity: official

The country’s goal of ensuring 24x7 electricity supply for all in the country will require doubling the installed power generation capacity of the country. “Meeting the country’s demand for 24x7 reliable electricity supply will require doubling the installed power generation capacity with at least 50,000 megawatt (MW) to 60,000 MW of thermal power capacity,” a top power sector official told BusinessLine. According to data compiled by the Central Electricity Authority, the total installed power generation... Read more..

Source: The Hindu-Business Line

In First Budget, Centre Likely to Announce Vehicle-scrapping Policy, Focus on Doubling Farmers' Income

The focus of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s first 100 days will be agriculture and automobile industry, according to CNBC-TV18. Promoting electric vehicles tops the Centre's agenda apart from doubling farmers' income. The first budget of the new government is likely to include a scrappage policy and a slew of measures to promote electric vehicles (EVs). According to CNBC-TV18, government bureaucrats and officials in the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) have prepared a... Read more..

Source: News 18

India Sets 12.8 Gigawatt Renewable Energy Capacity Addition Target For 2019–2020

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently announced the capacity addition target for 2019-20. The target is the lowest in four years, giving an indication that renewable energy sector in India needs urgent policy and financial support. The MNRE has set a target to add 12.8 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity across five major technologies — wind, solar, small hydro (capacity less than 25 megawatts), biopower, and waste. The target is 18% lower than the capacity addition target for... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica

Facing a glut of tools, wind energy sector wants govt to push exports

The wind energy sector, which has an installed capacity of about 36 gigawatt as of March, 2019, is passing through an odd phase of equipment glut. The sector has the equipment capacity of about 10,000 MW, but only 1,500MW has been installed as of 2017-2018. The rest is partly exported or not fully utilised. The renewable energy sector contributed over 70 per cent to power capacity addition last year, but the wind sector’s contribution was low. The new government needs to bring in some policy tweaks to... Read more..

Source: The Hindu-Business Line

New research on sustainable agriculture shows why farmers adopt or dismiss nontoxic farming methods

If researchers knew what kept farmers from adopting natural methods to grow healthier plants and vanquish pests, curbing hunger worldwide might be more feasible. That assumption underpins a new joint research project at Virginia Tech. Trichoderma, a fungus, and cocopith, the dust of a coconut, both stimulate healthy plant growth and limit the need for pesticides. The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management has long promoted the two natural solutions in India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. But... Read more..

Source: Augusta Free Press

Greaves Cotton to foray into electric vehicle battery manufacturing

The 160-year old Greaves Cotton, which is traditionally known as a manufacturer of diesel engines, generators and pump sets, is looking to invest in battery manufacturing and supply chain for electric vehicles (EVs) in the coming years. The engineering company, which has in the recent years diversified into marine, defence and construction equipment, had acquired a majority stake of 67% in Ampere Vehicles, in August last year, which makes electric scooters. The company had earmarked ₹150 crore to be spent on... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Youth Network organizes different programmes related to climate change along with youth and children of Karur city

The Karur-based Psycho Trust organised In collaboration with the Tdh Germany, which supports the 15-year-old Greta Thunberg “Fridays For Future” movement, a one-day event to support the climate activist girl, Greta Thunberg’s global cause for climate action at Karur on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Joseph Inba Raj PRO ‘Veg International’ Germany, elaborated on the current climate change issues and how the Paris agreement can support for a sustainable future, the importance of the United Nations... Read more..

Source: Deccan Chronicle

Electric vehicle journey to begin with hybrid technology in India: Honda

Japanese auto major Honda will use hybrid vehicles as intermediates in the next two years in India before going for full electric vehicles (EVs) as it expects setting up of supporting infrastructure such as charging stations to take time, according to a senior company official. The company, which is present in India through a wholly-owned subsidiary, aims to follow the government's push for environment-friendly vehicles by driving in models with green technologies. A hybrid car has more than one source of... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Himalayan Cleanup Campaign carried out

The NSS cell of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) in collaboration with the Integrated Mountain Initiative/ Sustainable Development Forum of Arunachal Pradesh (SDFAP) conducted the ‘Himalayan Cleanup Campaign (HCC)-2019’ on the university’s campus on Sunday as part of the cleanup programme which is being conducted across 12 Himalayan mountain states of India. The volunteers collected waste from different locations in the campus and conducted waste audit after proper segregation and data tabulation. RGU Vice... Read more..

Source: Arunachal Times

Maharashtra: Over 300 schools will run on solar power, become self-reliant

Over 300 zilla parishad schools in Nagpur will run on solar power before Diwali making them completely self reliant when it comes powering up their classrooms. Schools will get anywhere between 1KV to 1.5KV solar panels installed which will generate power in the off-grid system (not rooftop solar). Chintaman Wanjari, district education officer, said, “Tender for this project has already been awarded and within a couple of months the entire project will be completed.” TOI was the first to report about this... Read more..

Source: Energy World Economic Times

Asian renewable investment to overtake upstream oil and gas spending in 2020

Renewable energy investment in the Asia-Pacific region will overtake spending on oil and gas exploration by 2020, consultancy Rystad Energy said on Monday. Total capital expenditure in renewables will rise above $30 billion in the region by 2020, just overtaking investment into exploration and production for oil and natural gas, the consultancy said. India, Australia, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea will be the leading destinations for investment in Asia, according to Rystad. The company focuses on China... Read more..

Source: Yahoo Finance

Gas-based plants’ revival, EV infra on priority list of government in second innings

Revival of gas-based power plants and putting up electric vehicle infrastructure are expected to be on the priority list of the new NDA government. The power ministry is expected to approach the union cabinet to get approval in the next 100 days for a subsidy mechanism to revive gas-based power projects, a senior government official said. The country has nearly 25,000 megawatts of operational gas-based capacity, all of which is stressed because of the unavailability of fuel. In its first 100 days in office,... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Election Results: Renewable energy industry expects govt to sharpen focus on policy stability

As India seems to have voted for a majority government for yet another term, the renewable energy industry wants the government to continue with a sharp focus on policy stability to spur growth, gaining from the likely continuity in administration. "We look forward to the newly-elected government's solar implementation policies and are confident that renewable energy will be a key dimension in their vision as projected in the Interim Budget,” said Sunil Rathi, director, Waaree Energies, among the largest... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Kids to take climate change battle to Juhu

As part of the worldwide movement #FridaysForFuture, started by climate change activist, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg from Sweden, students from 14 locations in the country will participate in India’s second mute march on Friday. In Mumbai, it will be held in Juhu and is expected to see participation from students and activists. People worldwide are set to participate in the climate strike. The India chapter of Fridays-ForFuture is holding it’s second version of peaceful demonstrations in Mumbai, Bangalore,... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Shoppers are taking into account the role clothing brands are playing in sustaining the environment: Survey

The results of a survey of 7,300 men and women in various countries revealed that more shoppers are taking into account the role clothing brands are playing in sustaining the environment and preventing climate change. Cotton Inc. and Cotton Council International polled consumers between the ages of 18 and 60 in the United States, Great Britain, Mexico, India, Italy and China in 2017 to get their opinion on whether sustainability was really important to them or just something they thought about but didn’t act... Read more..

Source: Apparel News

Smart planning & development key to creating Smart Cities

The 5th Smart Cities India 2019 expo, which opened on May 22, 2019, at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, kicked off a three-day long exhibition and conference that will see 400+ exhibitors and over 250 speakers addressing 40 sessions. More than 2,000 delegates are expected to participate in these sessions, while over 16,000 visitors will explore the pavilions during the course of the exhibition. Speaking during a conference session on ‘Developing smart cities for our citizens’, Naresh Kumar, IAS, Chairman, New Delhi... Read more..

Source: Geospatial World

TERI, Cadmus Jointly Launches ‘I-SMART’ to Ease Rooftop Solar Installations in India

With an aim to simplify the installation of rooftop solar for both domestic as well as business consumers in India, country’s one of the leading energy and environment think tank, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with Cadmus Group has launched a program called ‘Indian Solar Market Aggregation for Rooftops’ (I-SMART). Cadmus Group is the United States based technical and strategic consultancy services provider for wide areas such as energy, water, transportation to safety, security, and... Read more..

Source: Saur Energy International

2-metre sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100: study

Global sea levels could rise by two metres (6.5 feet) and displace tens of millions of people by the end of the century, according to new projections that double the UN's benchmark estimates. The vast ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contain enough frozen water to lift the world's oceans dozens of metres. The expansion of water as oceans warm also contributes to sea level rise. But predicting the rates at which they will melt as the planet heats is notoriously tricky. The United Nations'... Read more..

Source: First Post

World Bank : More People Have Access to Electricity Than Ever Before, but World Is Falling Short of Sustainable Energy Goals

According to a new report produced by the International Energy Agency (IEA) the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO). Notable progress has been made on energy access in recent years, with the number of people living without electricity dropping to roughly 840 million from 1 billion in 2016 and 1.2 billion in 2010. India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Myanmar are among countries that made the most progress... Read more..

Source: Market Screener

India proposes electrifying motorbikes, scooters in 6-8 years

The Indian government's leading think-tank has proposed electrifying most motorbikes and scooters within the next six to eight years to curb pollution and reduce dependency on fossil fuels, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The draft proposal from Niti Aayog, which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and plays a critical role in policymaking, also recommends electrifying the country's popular three-wheeled autorickshaws, said the source, who declined to be identified as the proposal is... Read more..

Source: Investing

5th Smart Cities 2019 India expo solutions displayed of a vast array of relevant to building smart cities in India

The 5th Smart Cities India 2019 expo, including Transport India, Solar India, Buildings India and Water India expos, was inaugurated by Shri Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, today. Exhibitions India Group - 5th Smart Cities India 2019 expo Organised by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group, the event builds upon Government of India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’ through a display of a vast... Read more..

Source: Newsr

Toshiba introduces complete energy solutions vital for India’s energy security

Significant growth in power sector has given a huge fillip to India’s unprecedented economic growth. The Government of India (GoI) is focusing on attaining ‘Power for all’, which has accelerated capacity addition in the country. With total installed capacity of power stations in India at 349.28 Gigawatt (GW) in January , India is now the world’s third largest producer of electricity, after China and the US, and is pegged to become a power surplus country. India has also become one of the world’s leading... Read more..

Source: EPR