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Half the govt vehicles in Bengaluru to be electric by 2019 end: George

About half the government-run vehicles in the city will be converted to electric by 2019 end, said state minister for large and medium scale industries KJ George here on Tuesday. “The aim is to replace 50% of petrol and diesel vehicles used by the state government staff in Bengaluru to eco-friendly electric vehicles (EV) by 2019,” he said while speaking at the Future Mobility Show 2019, organised by the... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Indian company to install underground electric cables in Kathmandu

An Indian contractor company will install underground electric cables in Kathmandu to minimise the risk of electrocution and to beautify the city. 

KP Industries Ltd will undertake the project worth Rs 6.60 billion with a deadline of 30 months from its initiation. Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has decided to... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Thyssenkrupp Industries India, Babcock & Wilcox in pact for biomass boiler technology for India

Thyssenkrupp Industries, the Indian arm of German conglomerate, has signed an exclusive license agreement with Babcock & Wilcox Volund of Denmark for a biomass boiler technology for India and neighbouring countries that could substantially reduce pollution, the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Thyssenkrupp said that its biomass boilers could help reduce pollution in North India, where burning of crop... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Scientific disposal of waste should be carried out to check pollution

Scientific disposal of construction and demolition waste should be carried out to check water and air pollution in the national capital, Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal said Monday. Baijal chaired a meeting, also attended by city e nvironment minister Imran Hussain, on pollution due to construction and demolition waste and dumping of waste in drains and water bodies. Officials told Baijal that flying squads may be deployed to prevent dumping of construction and demolition waste and garbage along the banks of drains. He said scientific disposal of waste should be done to check water... Read more..

Source: Times of India

New global wind installations to reach 55 GW per year to 2023

 New global wind power installations will reach 55 gigawatts (GW) or more per year until 2023, driven by significant growth in Southeast Asia and offshore wind globally, a report by the Global Wind Energy Council said. The global wind industry installed 51.3 GW of new capacity last year, down 3.6 percent from 2017. Total installed wind capacity reached 591 GW at the end of 2018 globally, up 9.6 percent from the end of 2017

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Just dye it: how this apparel company is developing water- and chemical-free textile tinting

The apparel industry is quickly becoming a leader in circularity, from scaling innovative business models such as recommerce and clothing rental to developing textile recycling programs to incentivizing product take-back. Given the potential for brand-boosting (and undeniably compelling marketing narratives), it’s no surprise that many companies are beginning their foray into circularity with consumer-facing programs. This approach can tell a strong story about closing the loop and curbing environmental... Read more..

Source: Green Biz

IIT-D joins hands with UK body to work towards water security

IIT-Delhi on Monday said it has entered a £20-million international collaboration with UK Research and Innovation to develop new approaches to tackle challenges and barriers to water security and sustainable development. “A major project has been launched under the aegis of Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer [FITT], IIT-Delhi, to bring together leading global experts from academia, industry and... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Congress to put former Chhattisgarh govt's zero power cut status under lens

Chhattisgarh’s much-publicized zero power cut claim had come under the lens of new Congress government which says it plans to examine the status. The previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had showcased the zero power cut claim as one of its biggest feats during its 15-year rule. The then Chief Minister Raman Singh had asserted that Chhattisgarh was the first state in the country where there was no load-... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

US and Indian solar EPCs rise up global rankings - Wiki-Solar

The world's utility-scale solar EPC contractors are thriving in the least volatile PV markets such as India and the US, according to figures released by Wiki-Solar.org. Incumbent EPCs are particularly benefitting in such markets, said Wiki-Solar, whose figures – it should be noted – come from just 30% of PV plants globally. While Indian and American companies are rising up the rankings, Europeans in more volatile markets have generally found it harder to hold their position, barring the likes of Juwi, Enerparc, Enerray, TSK Group and Elecnor. “The top positions in 2017 and 2018 have been... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Niti Aayog working on policy to end crop residue burning

Government think-tank Niti Aayog will soon come out with a policy roadmap to promote alternative use of crop residue, which farmers continue to burn in the fields despite a ban in some states to curb air pollution. The advisory body has floated an expression of interest inviting research institutions to conduct a study on mass production of manure/fertiliser from agricultural biomass. Based on this study, a policy... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Clean ride on 14 km solar track may save Rs 3 lakh/year in power bill

By August, the Public Works Department plans to complete a 14km-long solar cycle path on Outer Ring Road, stretching from Mukarba Chowk to Jagatpur Khadar Village. The project promises to save Delhi government up to Rs 3 lakh in power bill every year. It is being touted as the longest cycling track in the country and aims to encourage the use of non-motorised vehicles. A PWD official said the construction of the... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Mahindra launches e-mobility service in Mumbai

Auto major Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) Monday said it has launched a technology-based electric mobility service in Mumbai on select routes. As part of the initiative - Glyd - the company flagged off the first batch of 10 e-Veritos in the city. 

"The company has from time to time provided innovative and first of its kind e-mobility solutions. Glyd is one such flagship premium e-mobility solution to... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Delhi consumers pay lowest power bills among large cities: Manish Sisodia

The people in the Capital pay the "lowest" power bills among large cities of the country, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said while tabling the Outcome Budget 2018-19 in the assembly on Monday. The national capital has the most progressive tariff structure, rewarding low electricity consumption by providing incentives to consumers, he said. ... Read more..

Source: Energy World- Economic Times

Rashtrapati Bhavan to switch to LED lights

Rashtrapati Bhavan will switch to LED lights by the end of this week, bringing down its electricity consumption through lights by 55 per cent. To achieve this, the Central Public Works Department, which undertook the lighting project, has replaced nearly 21,000 light fixtures inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan complex, containing not only the presidential offices and quarters, but also staff quarters, auditorium, bank,... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

SGS helps evaluate sustainability

SGS is functioning to help clothing manufacturers prove sustainability to consumers using the Higg Index FEM Module and the FSLM Module. SGS has a range of services to help companies develop and manage comprehensive programmes related to better environmental sustainability. It offers verification services according to SAC Higg verification protocols. Manufacturers and suppliers of clothing can no longer ignore the... Read more..

Source: Fibre to Fashion

Adani Green Energy arm bags tender to set up solar power project in Gujarat

 Adani Green Energy Saturday said its subsidiary has been awarded a tender to set up a 150 MWac solar power project in Gujarat and the project is expected to be commissioned by October-December quarter of 2020-21 financial year. According to a regulatory filing, "Adani Renewable Energy Park (Gujarat), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Green Energy (AGEL), has been awarded for setting up 150 MWac solar power... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Solar power projects get $113 million funding boost from KfW-Bank of Baroda tie-up

 Bank of Baroda and Germany’s KfW Development Bank today announced they have joined hands to extend funding of $113 million to refinance solar power projects in India.The funding will be done as part of the scheme Solar Partnership II – Promotion of Solar PV in India, under the Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership.  ... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

These solar LEDs come with many firsts

In a first for the city, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) plans to replace conventional streetlights at busy markets with solar LED lights that will have inbuilt batteries to provide backup for three days. This means that the lights won’t stop functioning even during rain, said a senior SDMC official. This project is part of the beautification work being carried out by the corporation at prominent south... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Delhi at epicentre of global groundwater crisis: Report

New research has shown that the largest groundwater depletion in the world is happening in northern India. Delhi is the epicentre of this fast-developing crisis, and it’s getting worse by the day.  “From Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Western UP and Rajasthan, 32 cubic km of water is being lost every year, which is much more than the usual, and it’s only partially being recovered in successive monsoons,”... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Karnataka e-mobility drive: Electric buses to be rolled out in Thiruvananthapuram

 Electric buses will ply in the city from next week. KSRTC will roll out five electricity powered buses in five routes in the city on Monday. The buses are included in the fleet of KSRTC, as part of the e-mobility policy of the state government. Thiruvananthapuram city to Kaliyikkavila, Peroorkada to Nedumangad,... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

ET GBS 2019: Electric-mobility needed to charge up India's cities

Innovations in electric mobility across categories such as cars, flying vehicles and hyperloop are needed to address growing transportation needs of India’s rapidly expanding cities, said speakers at the Global Business Summit in New Delhi. Any technological innovation in the transportation sector in a populous country such as India, however, has to be both high-volume and low-cost, said Infosys cofounder Nandan... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

India, South Korea sign 7 pacts to enhance cooperation in infra, start-ups

India and South Korea signed seven agreements on Friday to enhance cooperation in key areas, including infrastructure development, media, start-ups and combating trans-border and international crime, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country.

Modi, who is on a two-day visit to South Korea to strengthen India's strategic ties with the country, was accorded an official reception at the Blue... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Sustainable Cotton Challenge spurs shift in market

The Sustainable Cotton Challenge is a catalyst to spur a shift in the market toward the use of more sustainable cotton. By committing to use cotton from the respective initiatives and standards, brands are ensuring that the intentions of their sustainable sourcing strategies are maintained and the integrity of their commitments are uncompromised. This first annual 2025 Sustainable Cotton Challenge Report has included information and statistics on the achievements and impacts that cotton programs are having on... Read more..

Source: Fibre to Fashion

Muenzer’s 1st community-scale UCO biodiesel plant in India opens

European biodiesel producer Muenzer Bioindustrie GmbH has opened its first biodiesel plant outside of Europe in Navi Mumbai, India. According to Harald Sigl, head of corporate communications and public affairs for the Austria-based company, Muenzer Bioindustrie is one of Europe’s largest producers of waste-based biodiesel—producing more than 210,000 tons per year (63 MMgy)—and the largest collector of used cooking oil (UCO) in central Europe. ... Read more..

Source: Biodiesel Magazine

Maharashtra power utility gets additional 1,000 MW cheap solar power

After tying up for 1,000MW solar power at the rate of Rs 2.71 and Rs 2.72 per unit in 2018, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) will now sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) for another 1,000MW cheap solar power. It has received bids for this quantum at Rs 2.74 and Rs 2.75 per unit. This purchase will prevent increase in power tariff in the coming years. An MSEDCL spokesperson said the... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times