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Tata Cleantech gets Rs200 crore from Tata Capital, World Bank’s IFC

Tata Cleantech Capital Ltd (TCCL), a joint venture of Tata Capital Ltd and World Bank arm International Finance Corp. (IFC), has raised Rs200 crore (about $31 million) from its promoters to grow its loan book, a senior company executive said.

Tata Cleantech is a non-banking finance company (NBFC) that funds renewable energy projects across assets such as solar, wind, small hydro and biomass, as well as other green businesses such as energy efficiency and water treatment... Read more..

Source: livemint

Delhi L-G directs roadmap for promoting solar power panels

Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed the power department to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) as well as a roadmap for promoting installation of solar power panels in the city.

He said the SOP will help in facilitating various government departments and potential large users to install solar power.

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Source: Business Standard

M&S launches first major sustainability campaign as it looks to build ‘engaged trust’

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has unveiled a new sustainability programme that it hopes will resonates with both consumers and colleagues as it admits it has previously struggled to communicate its plans to customers.

Plan A 2025 focuses on three key areas: customer and colleague wellbeing; transforming lives and communities; and caring for the planet. It aims to position M&S as a “truly sustainable... Read more..

Source: Marketing Week

British Standards Institute Officially Launches BS8001 Circular Economy Standard

After months of waiting, the British Standards Institute (BSI) has finally launched BS8001, the world’s first standard for implementing circular economy principles.

Transitioning the economy to a more circular model has the potential to unlock €1.8 trillion in estimated savings globally, but confusion surrounding the circular economy is preventing businesses from embracing the concept. The new standard aims... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands

Hussain orders Delhi Pollution Control Committee to action against biomedical waste disposal facility

Environment Minister Imran Hussain today directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to take strict action against a private biomedical waste management facility at Karnal Road for violations of the Biomedical Waste Management Rules, 2016.

During a site inspection, Hussain, who was accompanied by senior officers of the DPCC, noticed serious violations and expressed concerns over non-compliance of... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

Vietnam prepares draft plan to restructure industry

Vietnam government has prepared a draft plan on the country’s industrial restructuring during 2017-2020, which needs to be fine tuned, according to experts. The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) should clarify weaknesses and bottlenecks in the industrial sector to come out with a better plan on industrial restructuring, they said at a workshop.

The workshop in Hanoi was organised by the MoIT and the... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

EU joins International Cotton Advisory Committee

The European Union has become a member of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), a development which is of strategic significance to the world cotton industry and the 150 million people involved in cotton production, marketing and processing. Some of the most important cotton trade and research institutions are headquartered in the EU.

Following the vote of the European Parliament, the Council... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Tamil Nadu: NGT cracks whip on Ennore plant fly ash pollution

The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to start criminal prosecution against the officer in-charge of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) for failing to stop the discharge of toxic fly ash from the North Chennai Thermal Power Station (NCTPS), polluting water bodies in Ennore.

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Source: The New Indian Express

Asian Development Bank, Punjab National Bank to finance solar rooftop projects

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Tuesday signed a financing loan worth USD 100 million, to be guaranteed by the Government of India, in order to finance large solar rooftop systems on industrial and commercial buildings throughout India.

The PNB will use the ADB's funds to sanction loans to various developers and end users to install rooftop solar systems.... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

China, EU to announce joint climate plans, support for Paris deal

European and Chinese leaders will on Friday voice strong support for the Paris climate accord and present a series of joint plans to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The statement comes as U.S. President Donald Trump is set to withdraw from the Paris Agreement which aims to phase out net greenhouse gas emissions by the second half of the century and limit... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

IBC SOLAR commission 22.5 MWp project in Rajasthan

Solar energy and storage solutions provider IBC SOLAR today said it has commissioned sixth PV power plant of 22.5 MWp in Rajasthan last week.

"Last week, the 22.5 MWp project Phalodi was commissioned on time and handed over to the investor. IBC SOLAR have doubled the size of their previous project for the second time in a row," the company said in a statement.

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Source: India Today In

REC says over 10% lending this financial year will be in renewables

As the country 's energy sector increases focus on renewable options, one of the main power finance companies, Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), expects its lending to the industry to grow significantly in the current financial year.

"More than 10 per cent of our total lending this financial year would be in the renewable energy sector," said P V Ramesh, chairman and managing director, REC.... Read more..

Source: Business Standard
Subject Tags: Financing, REC, renewable energy

IIT Kharagpur researchers develop new technology to manufacture biofuel

Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a new technology which will change the way biofuel is manufactured by making the process cheaper, quicker and pollution-free.

The 'soil-to-soil' manufacturing technology developed at the P K Sinha Centre for bio-energy at IIT-KGP is in the process of being patented, an IIT-KGP spokesperson said today.

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Source: The Economic Times

NGT issues notice to Yogi Govt. over groundwater contamination

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday has issued notice to Uttar Pradesh pollution control board and District Magistrate of Sambhal, on a plea citing concern over drinking water of being heavily contaminated.

NGT issued notices to UP government and other authorities and asked them to file their response before the next date of hearing.

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Source: Business Standard
Subject Tags: groundwater, NGT, pollution

Foam spilling out on Bengaluru roads, NGT raps Karnataka government

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday took Karnataka government and its civic authorities to task over foam spilling over into the streets in Bengaluru near the Varthur lake, causing massive traffic jams in the city.

“What is this going on? How are you getting so much of foam? Why can’t you remove the factor which generates foam? There are traffic jams which further leads to air pollution.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

MNRE de-empanels 71 solar rooftop channel partners

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has de-empanelled 71 channel partners/new entrepreneurs for failing to enter installation data for grid connected solar rooftop projects.

A letter issued by the ministry said that despite several reminders, these channel partners had failed to provide project completion reports of grid connected solar rooftop projects executed by them on the SPIN Portal, latest by... Read more..


Goa government urges industries to adopt solar energy

In a bit to promote solar power generation in Goa, the state government urged industrial estates to adopt solar power technology, which would help bring down costs for industrialists. Speaking at the Verna industrial estate state secretary for power Sanjay Goyal presented the salient features of the Goa State Solar Policy while urging industrialists to take benefit of the Goa state solar policy.

"The solar... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Ujaas Energy bags order from Moil for 5.5 MW solar plant

Ujaas Energy has bagged an order from Moil Ltd for 5.5 MW solar plant with tracking system at its mines in Madhya Pradesh.

The company has received letter of intent from Moil Ltd for design, engineering, procurement, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of 5.5 MW (AC) Solar PV Plants with tracking system on turnkey basis at mines in Madhya Pradesh, Ujaas Energy said in BSE filing today... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Noida Authority plans new policy for waste disposal

The Noida authority has decided to seek participation of residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) and interested residents for solid waste disposal in residential areas. The authority has also decided to bring a new policy under which an interested person or RWA can adopt a local park for maintenance.

“We have proposed a policy which could be implemented soon. We will approve this proposal in our upcoming... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Raj Bhavan gets Goa’s first grid-connected rooftop solar power plant

The state's first grid-connected 30kW rooftop solar power plant was inaugurated at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday by Goa governor Mridula Sinha.

Grid connectivity ensures that surplus solar power generated by the plant is fed to the power grid, allowing the consumer to sell surplus solar power to the power grid in the long run.

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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: energy, power, renewable, solar

French company Engie likely to invest Rs 6,500 crore in solar energy in India

Engie, the French power giant with a global installed capacity of 115.3 gigawatts across all forms of energy, expects to invest a minimum of $1 billion (about 6,500 crore) in the solar segment in India over the next five years.

"$1 billion is the bare minimum," said chief executive Isabelle Kocher said. "We intend to win 400 MW a year, which means an investment of almost half a billion annually. It is a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Gujarat: Government constitutes panel to set up renewable projects at Kandla port, says Nitin Gadkari

The Centre has constituted a panel to explore setting up 200 MW solar and wind energy project on the land at Kandla port in Gujarat, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today. “Kandla port has 1.5 lakh acres of land which is low cost and economically viable for all ports to invest in solar and wind projects and then wheel energy through national grid,” the Shipping Minister said.

“The cost of solar energy has... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

US expected to put emergency tariffs on solar imports

The United States has notified the other 163 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that it is considering putting emergency "safeguard" tariffs on imported solar cells, according to a WTO filing published on Monday.

The move raises the stakes in a global battle to dominate the solar power industry, which has grown explosively in the past five years. As production has increased, prices have tumbled,... Read more..

Source: Times of Oman

'Heat island' effect may double climate change costs for world

Climate change could cost the world's major cities twice as much as the rest of the planet because of the extra heat created by the urban jungle, a latest analysis of 1,692 cities across the globe has found.

The study of all the world's major cities shows that the total economic costs of climate change for cities this century could be 2.6 times higher when heat island effects are taken into account than when... Read more..

Source: Daily News and Analysis

China's Guangzhou to replace buses with 'new energy' vehicles

All petrol-powered buses in China's Guangzhou city will soon be replaced with thousands of public buses with greener, more energy-efficient vehicles, a media report said on Tuesday.

According to the new plan, all buses that use petrol and diesel will be replaced with pure electric buses by 2020, meaning the city will have about 30,000 new energy public vehicles by 2020, Xinhua news agency reported.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld