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Australia can ensure India's energy security: PM Malcolm Turnbull

Australia will be a reliable provider of coal, uranium, gas and renewable energy technology to ensure India has energy security as it grows into a regional power, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on the eve of his first visit to New Delhi.

"India is undergoing a dramatic economic transformation and our close partnership creates opportunities for both nations," 62-year-old Turnbull said in a speech at the... Read more..

Source: Money Control

700 million litres of waste dumped each day: CPCB

In the key stretch of Ganga, between Haridwar and Kanpur, 30 drains are directly discharging 701 million litres/day (MLD) of waste water in the Ganga, a recent report of the Central Pollution Control Board has said. The report also highlighted that barring three of the 30 drains, all other drains directly releasing effluents into Ganga indicate the presence of pesticides. Also, four drains of Kanpur carried a high concentration of Chromium, ranging from 2mg/l to 84 mg/l. "It has been observed that Ganga... Read more..

Source: Daily New & Analysis

Vedanta firms up clean energy plans for India

Vedanta Resources Plc is firming up its clean energy plans for India, encouraged by the opportunities offered by the country’s growing green economy.

As part of the strategy, the firm is looking at developing battery storage solutions, Ajay Kumar Dixit, chief executive officer, alumina and power business, Vedanta Ltd said on the sidelines of a conference on natural resources organised by Network 18 and the... Read more..

Source: livemint

H&M, IFC join hands to boost use of renewable energy in garment industry

A joint partnership has been launched by H&M, the Swedish multinational fast fashion retailer, and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group to boost the use of clean, renewable energy in the garment industry, while also slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

“H&M will partner with IFC to guide its strategic tier one and two suppliers in China, India and Bangladesh in adopting renewable energy solutions,... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board to serve closure notices to 12 MSMEs in Nashik; industry approaching board for treatment plant

Maharashtra Pollution Control Board is to issue closure notices to 12 MSMEs at Tigrania Road near Swaminarayan Bridge in Nashik.  

According to the board, the MPCB field officers conducted surprise visits and these industries were found guilty of polluting the river Godavari with effluents.  

This closure... Read more..

Source: KNN India

Take action against polluting units in Ghaziabad: NGT to UPPCB

The National Green Tribunal has directed UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to initiate action against polluting industries in Ghaziabad and adjoining areas after a plea alleged that toxic discharge from these units was causing air and water pollution. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed UPPCB to conduct inspection of these units and submit a compliance report.

“We direct the... Read more..

Source: Indian Express
Subject Tags: industry news, NGT, pollution

43 hydro projects under construction: Government

Forty three hydro-electric projects, with total generating capacity of 11,928 MW, are under construction, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

Out of these 43 projects, 16 are stalled due to financial constraints and other reasons, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said.

The total power generation capacity of the 16... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

From waste to energy: Danish plant flexes the power of wastewater

Since a Danish wastewater plant produced more energy than it needed last year becoming a "green power station", engineers from Serbia to China have been lining up to learn how it has managed to turn wastewater into a valuable energy source.

Most water treatment plants - that convert wastewater and sewage into something that can go back into the water cycle - are energy hogs, with the race on to find... Read more..

Source: Reuters

India's solar energy capacity expanded by record 5,525 MW

India’s solar energy capacity has expanded by a record 5,525.98 MW in 2016-17, according to the latest figures provided by the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE).

In comparison, India had added 3,010 MW of solar capacity in 2015-16, which shows that growth nearly doubled over the past year. Cumulative solar capacity currently stands at 12,288.83 MW, against 6,762.85 MW at the end of March 2016.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tata Power Renewable Energy commissions 100 MW wind farm in Andhra Pradesh

 Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has announced the commissioning of its 100 MW wind farm project in Nimbagallu in Andhra Pradesh.

The company had commissioned 36 MW wind capacity of the plant in December 2016, and today announced the commissioning of the balance 64 MW.

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Source: Business Line

ReNew Power doubles installed capacity from 1000 MW to 2000 MW

Leading renewable energy developer ReNew Power Ventures has more than doubled its installed capacity in a single year from 1000 MW to 2000 MW, with an investment of Rs. 6,700 crore, or about $1billion.

The company, in which Goldman Sachs, Global Environment Fund in the US, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and Asian Development Bank have invested significantly, said it has added 430 MW of solar and 626 MW of... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

UK minister heads to India for 1st bilateral energy dialogue

Britain’s energy minister will arrive in India on Thursday for the first-ever bilateral dialogue on energy, the latest in a series of high-level exchanges between the UK and India. Greg Clark, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, will reach New Delhi on Thursday for the first-ever India-UK Energy for Growth Dialogue. “On my second visit to India since taking office, I look forward to discussing our shared priorities of providing secure, affordable and sustainable energy. It is... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

India, Bangladesh hold 97% renewable energy market: Report

Five countries, including India and Bangladesh, lead the world in solar home lighting systems and the two south Asian nations together account for 97 per cent of the renewable energy market in the region, says an international body report.

The other three leading countries are Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia -- all in Africa.

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Source: The Economic Times

Railways to add 1000 MW of solar, 200 MW of wind energy: Suresh Prabhu

Railways plans to use renewable energy in a "big" way and is looking to add 1,000 MW of solar and 200 MW of wind energy, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said.

Prabhu along with Power Minister Piyush Goyal also launched a new report, which said Railways can draw up to 25 per cent of its electric power needs from renewables and achieve the target of 5 GW of solar power by 2025.

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Source: The Economic Times

Power Grid eyes electric vehicle play

Enthused by the market potential for electric vehicles (EV) in India, state-owned Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd (PGCIL), the power transmission utility responsible for establishing green energy transmission corridors, is considering setting up charging stations for EVs.

The public sector unit is also exploring commercially viable energy storage solutions such as batteries that would help with grid stability—... Read more..

Source: livemint

Reebok: New Kicks Created from ‘Things that Grow,’ Will Return to Soil to Grow More Shoes

Reebok will bring plant-based footwear to the market later this year in an initiative that the company says will create shoes that are “made from things that grow.” The first release will be a shoe that has an upper comprised of organic cotton and a base originating from industrial grown corn (a non-food source). While the company doesn’t expect the line to be a significant sales driver initially, the goal is to expand the range over time. “This is really just the beginning,” Bill McInnis, head of Reebok... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Gurugram’s first debris recycle plant at Basai

Gurgaon's first construction and demolition waste treatment plant will be built at Basai, which is around 5km from the city.

The plant, according to MCG, will be spread across 3.5 acres of land and will process 500 tonnes of waste a day. "The land has been allocated by the corporation, and the location of the plant has been kept close to the city so that builders don't need to bear high transportation costs... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Namami Gange project in a shambles, Narendra Modi intervenes

India's $3 billion plan to clean the holy Ganga river is badly behind schedule with large stretches contaminated by toxic waste and sewage, forcing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene, according to government officials and documents seen by Reuters.

Much of the money allocated to the project, a flagship initiative for Modi's Hindu nationalist government, remains unspent, say officials from the... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Fashion retailer Splash launches sustainable collection

Splash, a fast-fashion retailer, has announced the launch of sustainable collection for men & women made from sustainable materials, reflecting the brand’s promise to work in an environment friendly manner.

Building onto the ideology of Reuse-Conserve-Recycle, UAE based fashion brand aims to trend sustainability with its #IAMSUSTAINABILITY campaign that marks the launch of the range in the business. The... Read more..

Source: Apparel Resources

India, UK to set up 240 million pound fund for green energy

India and the UK today decided to set up a 240 million pound fund to finance clean energy projects here, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said today.

The Green Growth Equity Fund will be a sub-fund of NIIF.

"We have established the NIIF. Our first major step in the fund has been taken and there is going to be... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Fortum commissions 70-MW solar project

Finnish firm Fortum today said it has commissioned a 70-megawatt solar plant at Bhadla solar park in Rajasthan.

The solar plant is Fortum's third and so far biggest commissioned solar energy project, the company said in a statement here.

Fortum won a reverse auction for the project in January 2016 and the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

New software for solar power billing from May in Haryana

Haryana Renewable Energy Department (HAREDA) has said the billing software as per guidelines of the 2014 solar plant scheme is now ready. The development comes amid complaints that consumers were not getting the rebate mandated as per the solar policy, owing to glitches in ‘net’ meters.

Naveen Verma, DHBVN superintendent engineer, said power bills for the next cycle will be generated through the software. On... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

EU nations consider lowering energy savings targets: draft

EU nations are considering lowering targets on energy savings after 2021, a draft document seen by Reuters shows, in what climate campaigners say would be blow to the European Union's goals to curb the worst effects of global warming.

The text drafted by the Maltese presidency of the European Council proposes new annual energy savings targets of 1.4 percent through 2030, down from 1.5 percent proposed by the... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Odisha government joint ventures with University of Chicago for research, knowledge and capacity building

Odisha government on Monday signed a statement of interest (SOI) with University of Chicago and its charitable trust in India to collaborate in fields of research, knowledge and capacity building. The leading university will help in setting up a virtual academy, work for improving energy efficiency and pollution control, health and sanitation sectors and also in capacity building of personnel and institutes.

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Source: The Times of India

Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

Researchers, including one of Indian origin, have developed a graphene-based sieve capable of removing salt from seawater, an advance that may provide clean drinking water for millions of people.

When immersed in water, graphene-oxide membranes become slightly swollen and smaller salts flow through the membrane along with water, while larger ions or molecules are blocked.

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Source: The Hindu