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Heathrow Airport Targets Zero Carbon, Zero Waste by 2050

London’s Heathrow airport toady launched a sustainability strategy that, among other targets, includes using 100 percent renewable energy by April and operating a zero-carbon, zero-waste airport by 2050.

Dubbed Heathrow 2.0, the plans include building an R&D incubator, a new carbon-neutral runway and establishing an ultra-low emission zone by 2025. The airport has invested an initial £500,000 ($620,630)... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Environment Pollution Control Authority to submit action plan to Supreme Court on meeting national air quality standard in NCR

The Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) is set to submit a comprehensive action plan to the Supreme Court on meeting the national air quality standard in NCR.

The draft plan prepared by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and air quality experts says that annual average PM 2.5 concentrations need to be reduced by roughly 70% in Delhi to meet the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: action plan, air pollution

Govt to bring new hydro policy next fiscal: Power Secretary

The government will bring out a new policy for the hydro power sector next fiscal to boost this clean source of energy, a senior official said on Monday. “We are working on a New Hydro Policy for quite sometime. We will do (bring) it next fiscal,” Power Secretary P K Pujari told reporters at a TERI event in New Delhi. The new policy also seeks to bring large hydro projects at par with smaller ones in terms of availing various benefits. At present, small hydro projects of up to 25 MW capacities are considered... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

Solar ‘mini grids’ approved for 19 Chhattisgarh villages

 A total of 19 remote villages have been approved for creation of solar ‘mini grids’  to provide them access to power supply as of February 2017 in Chhattisgarh, the Central Government has informed.

Village mini-grids are important components of universal access to electricity in the country particularly for those villages where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective, it informed.... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Suzlon to focus on wind-solar hybrid model

Wind energy turbine manufacturer Suzlon Energy is present in all nine wind rich States with over 14 manufacturing facilities in the country. The company is the largest operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider in the Indian renewable sector with 10 GW of assets installed is under its management. It is ranked fourth in terms of entire power sector-renewables and conventional. Its current order book stands at 1,231MW valued at Rs 7,523 crores spread across various wind States. The company is keen to... Read more..

Source: Telangana Today

Bengal takes up 10 solid waste management projects

West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee government has taken up 10 integrated solid waste management projects for 14 urban local bodies, at a cost of Rs 421.69 crore, under Mission Nirmal Bangla, an official release said on Monday.

The urban local bodies are in Kolkata, Dum Dum, North and South Dum Dum, Baranagar, Bhatpara, Naihati, Ashoknagar-Kalyangarh and Habra, Asansol, Krishnanagar, Santipur, Nabadwip and... Read more..


South Delhi Corporation approves proposal to impose waste generation charges for construction and demolition waste

The south corporation has approved an proposal to impose waste generation charges from users for generating construction and demolition waste. The charge has been decided as per the C&D Waste Management Rules notified in 2016.

According to the rules, any user generating over 20 tonnes a day or 300 tonnes per project in a month will have to pay for processing and disposing construction and demolition... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Oman to set up waste management projects in India

Oman-based Muscat Project and Environmental Service Company is in discussions with the South Indian state of Kerala to set up its state-of-the-art waste management projects in that state, said a report.

The eco-friendly project which has been successfully implemented in Oman is the ideal one for Kerala which is grappling with issues like pollution, usage of an overdose of pesticides in agricultural farms and... Read more..

Source: Gulf Digital News

NGT sets 'zero discharge' deadline for Nitta Gelatin India Ltd

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued an order to Nitta Gelatin India Ltd (NGIL) to ensure zero discharge of chemical waste from its factory at Kathikudam in Thrissur district into the Chalakkudy River, in six months. NGIL has also been asked to remove all the sludge stored at Muthlamada in Palakkad as well as the waste stacked on the factory premises at Kathikudam near Chalakkudy within that time.

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Source: The Times of India

Global studies on India’s air quality flawed: CPCB

The Central Pollution Control Board — an Environment Ministry organisation that sets guidelines for monitoring and controlling pollution — says international studies linking air quality in India to disease and death are flawed because “…the ethologic, personnel immunity (sic) and demography of India are incomparable with international practices.”

Bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) used “... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

More wind power projects to go under hammer next fiscal

Buoyed by drop in tariff to record low of Rs 3.46 per unit in the first auction of wind power, the government is mulling putting on the block more such projects next fiscal.

"Transparency which is the hallmark of the Modi government, has brought down the tariff of wind power. There will be more and more such projects on the block," Power, Coal, Mines and New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal told... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Madhya Pradesh's solar power model becomes benchmark; Centre asks other states to replicate model

Enthused by the world's biggest solar power project in Rewa that will be producing cheapest power in India, the Union government has written to all states of the country to incorporate initiatives taken by Madhya Pradesh, so that the target of generating 100 gigawatts of solar power is achieved in quick time and at affordable rates.

Earlier on February 10, after 33 hours of bidding by 18 interested... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to take over all effluent treatment plants in Maharashtra to curb pollution

In a policy decision that protects the environment and hopes to improve water quality, the state government has decided to take control of all effluent treatment plants in Maharashtra.

Last week, the state environment department directed the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) — one of the state’s industrial infrastructure development agencies — to take over all effluent treatment plants... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

SDMC to set up waste-to-energy plant at Rs 351 crore

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) today said it plans to set up a waste-to- energy plant at Tehkhand here at a cost of Rs 351 crore.

The SDMC standing committee has approved the project under which 1,200 metric tonne of waste would be utilised to generate 15 mega watt power which would be sold at Rs 5.5 per unit to earn revenue of Rs 57.81 crore per year, it said.

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Source: DNA

Green panel orders inspection of discom premises for e-waste

Power distribution companies storing hazardous e-waste have come under the lens of the NGT which has ordered inspection of their premises here after a plea alleged these were causing massive air pollution.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to jointly inspect areas where such material is stored and submit a... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Air India launches energy conservation and natural resources recycling project

This is the second such project. In the first, "while exploring alternate means for disposal of the green waste to reduce air pollution and also contribute to the “Cleanliness Campaign”, employees from Air India deliberated on the various options that were feasible.

After consultation with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities, it was decided to convert the waste into organic manure using... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ArcelorMittal plans solar farm on steel plant land in Karnataka

World's largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal may set up a solar farm on land alloted to it for the proposed 6 MT Karnataka project in view of excess global steel capacity and delays in securing raw materials.

The company had entered into a pact with Karnataka government for setting up a 6 million tonnes (MT) steel plant with a captive 750 MW power plant at an estimated investment of USD 6.5 billion. ... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) mulls building norms - FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY STRUCTURES

Real estate norms are set to address issues of environment as well as concerns of the elderly and the disabled with the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) gearing up to draft and enforce the Planning and Building Standards Regulation, 2017.

At present, the authorities are following the Planning and Building Standards Regulation, 2008, which is set to go for a review.

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Source: The Telegraph

Turning e-waste to electricity: IIT Madras innovation waits for takers

Scientists at IIT, Madras have come up with a novel technique where e-waste can be used as a resource not only to treat waste water but also to generate electricity simultaneously, making it an important innovation to deal with fast growing menace of such hazardous waste in the country.

Under this technique, scientists use e-waste component like "LED\LCD (liquid crystal coated polaroid) glass" as an... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Waste Management goes hi-tech in Bangalore

There is a reason why television programmes that show food factories are a hit: the streamlined process, spick and span equipment and the perfect tempo of workers on an assembly line is fascinating. Believe it or not, processing garbage in this manner can be equally compelling, too. Two waste processing units in Bengaluru, which recently got upgraded, are proof to this.

In late 2016, waste management experts... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

ADB, India ink $500 million loan pact to expand power connectivity

India and the ADB today signed a $500 million loan pact to expand inter-regional power connectivity in the country, and strengthen transmission system to accommodate renewable energy-generation capacity.

"Expansion of inter-regional connectivity enables bulk power transfer to the southern region which has, at times, been affected by power shortages. This loan will also help strengthen the transmission system... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Sikkim gets on board for UDAY, Rs 356-crore benefit seen

Sikkim has become the 22nd state to join UDAY -- the scheme designed to nurse debt-laden electricity distribution companies back to health -- which will in turn hand it an overall benefit of Rs 356 crore.

"The Government of India and Sikkim signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under the Scheme Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (UDAY) today, for operational improvement of the state's Power Distribution... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Wind power tariff likely to go below Rs 4 per unit

After a sharp drop in solar tariff to Rs 2.97 per unit, the wind power rates may also touch a new low and fall below the Rs 4 per unit mark in an ongoing auction for 1,000 MW capacity.

The tariff-based competitive bidding is being conducted by the state-owned Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for wind power capacity totalling 1,000 MW for supply of power to non-windy states.

... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tata Power Renewable commissions 15 MW solar plant in Telangana

Tata Power Renewable Energy Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has synchronised its 15 MW solar plant at Bellampally in Telangana, thereby taking the Tata Power's total installed operating capacity past 10, 500 MW mark.

The company has won the project in the Phase 1 bidding process in Telangana, and its commissioning is in keeping with the conditions and timelines in the PPA.

... Read more..
Source: Business Line

Carbon dioxide turned into fuel using light

Scientists have developed tiny nanoparticles that help convert carbon dioxide into methane - a key building block for many types of fuels - using only ultraviolet light as an energy source.

Having found a catalyst that can do this important chemistry using ultraviolet light, researchers at Duke University in the US hope to develop a version that would run on natural sunlight, a potential boon to alternative... Read more..

Source: India Today In