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E-waste burning: NGT orders inspection of Ganga floodplains

The National Green Tribunal has directed inspection of Ganga flood plains to probe dumping and burning of waste after a plea alleged illegal processing of electronic waste on the banks of Ramganga in western UP.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar directed officials from the Environment Ministry, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and state pollution control board to jointly inspect... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times
Subject Tags: NGT, pollution, waste management

Kharun river threatened by industrial pollution: Smart City documents

The Kharun river is being threatened by pollution from the industries which are on the outskirts of the city, observed Raipur's 'Smart City' proposal document for 'The Smart City Challenge Stage-II' of India Smart City Mission.

It further mentioned : "Protecting the natural features like the river, natural nullah and the ponds from these (industrial effluents) eminent threats will be the city's top priority... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer
Subject Tags: river pollution, Smart City

Jaipur smart mission moves into top gear

The Jaipur Smart Mission Ltd (JSML) will install air and water quality monitoring systems at many points in the city under the smart city project.

While the real-time air pollution monitoring system has already been installed in three locations, the water quality monitoring system will be set up at 56 locations across the city by June 2017.

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Source: The Times of India

Gujarat govt announces Rs 1,000 cr package for MSMEs

In its state budget for 2017-18, the Gujarat government has announced a special package of Rs 1,000 crore for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector. This decision comes close on the heels of the Union Budget 2017-18 announcing reducing the income tax for smaller companies with annual turnover up to Rs 50 crore to 25 per cent.

The special package, announced by deputy chief minister Nitin... Read more..


Haryana makes solar power systems mandatory for private schools

The Haryana government has made it mandatory for all private schools to install solar systems to make them self-sufficient in the field of electricity, an official said on Thursday.

“A special grant at the rate of Rs 20,000 per kilowatt is being given to these schools for installing solar power plants,” said a state government spokesman, adding this would be given on the first come first serve basis.... Read more..


CCEA approves 40,000 MW solar park scheme

In a major push for solar power development in the country, a cabinet panel on Wednesday approved increasing the capacity of solar parks and projects from 20,000 MW to 40,000 MW.

"The enhanced capacity would ensure setting up of at least 50 solar parks -- each with a capacity of 500 MW and above -- in various parts of the country," Power and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal told reporters following a... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Niti Aayog to rank states on energy efficiency

India’s policy think-tank, Niti Aayog, will soon rank states on the basis of energy efficiency, a move which will help India achieve its international commitment of lowering energy consumption.

This will be sixth in a series of indices which the Niti Aayog had introduced for states over the past two years –– the others being health, education, water management, agricultural reforms and digital transaction.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Three-month deadline for functional primary effluent treatment plants: Supreme Court to industry

The Supreme Court on Wednesday set a deadline of three months for industrial units across the country to set up functional primary effluent treatment plants (PETPs), failing which they will not be allowed to operate. Ordering a nationwide crackdown on water pollution by factories and industrial units which release untreated waste into rivers and other water bodies, the bench led by Chief Justice of India J S Khehar directed state pollution control boards to issue common notices to all industrial units, asking... Read more..

Source: The Indian Express

IDFC bank lends Rs 675 cr for rajasthan solar project

IDFC Bank is creating a renewable energy niche in loans, sanctioning Rs 675 crore to a Rajasthan-based solar power project owned by French company Solairedirect.

The deal could be an early sign of a revival of lending in India, especially after growth in industry credit hit a 62-year low of 5.1% year-on-year in 2016, down from 10.6% in the previous year.

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Source: ET Energyworld

UK’s CDC Group plans renewable energy platform for India, South Asian countries

CDC Group Plc, the UK government’s development finance institution, is planning to set up its own renewable energy platform focussed on east India and neighbouring countries.

This dedicated platform will focus on eastern states such as Bihar, Odisha and Assam, and also set up clean energy projects in neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar.

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Source: livemint

UN Environment starts campaign to end marine litter

The UN Environment Programme on Thursday launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter - microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic - by 2022.

Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in this Indonesian island known for coral reefs, the #CleanSeas campaign is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; targeting... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

NTPC commissions 115 MW capacity at Bhadla solar project

State-run power producer NTPC today said It has commissioned 115 MW capacity out of 260 MW of Bhadla Solar Power Project.

"With this, the installed capacity of NTPC's solar power projects touches 475 MW. The total installed capacity of NTPC on standalone basis has become 41,177 MW and that of NTPC group has become 48,143 MW," NTPC said in a BSE filing today.

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Source: The Times of India

8 air monitoring stations to be operational across Ahmedabad

In the coming few weeks eight air monitoring stations will be made operational at different locations in Ahmedabad by the ministry of earth sciences (MoES).

These stations will provide Amdavadis pollution forecast and real time concentration of air pollutants at respirable level on their mobile phones. But all this hi-tech intervention will yield nothing unless the state government, without any delay,... Read more..

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

Adrian Grenier and Dell are teaming up to fight ocean plastics

U.S. technology giant Dell and Hollywood actor Adrian Grenier are making waves as they launch their global pilot program to turn the tide on ocean pollution. By pulling plastics out of the ocean and recycling them into a commercially viable way, they hope to keep harmful micro plastics from troubling ocean waters.

Dell's pilot program is on pace to use 16,000 pounds of ocean plastics in 2017. Grenier, star... Read more..

Source: CNBC

Government Plans Push For Large-Scale Adoption Of Electric Vehicles In India

The government's top brass, led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, will brainstorm on Thursday on how best it can push large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in the country, ahead of the roll-out of FAME India - the national mission on electric mobility. At the meeting scheduled for February 23, Power, Coal, Mines and New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal will make a presentation explaining the various aspects related to increased use of electric vehicles like rise in power consumption, impact on... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Health ministry to study deaths due to pollution soon: Environment Minister Anil Dave

Expressing his reservations on global reports linking deaths to air pollution, Environment Minister Anil Dave on Tuesday said a study will soon be conducted by Health Ministry on the issue.

The Union minister, while iterating his views on various reports linking deaths to air pollution, asserted that a proud nation always believes in its own data.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: air pollution, report

Submit road map on recall of 3.23 lakh cars: Green tribunal to Volkswagen

The National Green Tribunal has directed German auto major Volkswagen, embroiled in an emission scandal, to submit a road map with regard to recall of over 3.23 lakh vehicles in the country.

Volkswagen India had in December 2015 announced the recall of 3,23,700 lakh vehicles to fix emission software after the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) conducted tests on some models and found “on road”... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Renewables row: US blocks India at WTO on localisation issue

India’s request for a dispute settlement panel against the US for incentivising use of domestic over imported goods in its renewable energy programmes was taken up by the World Trade Organisation on Monday.

The move, however, was blocked by the US, which said that it had not flouted norms.

“The US' move of... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Oil minister, top govt officials to conduct pan-India energy survey

Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, senior officers of his ministry and executives of state-run oil companies will fan out in almost all the districts of the country over the next 40 days to gauge energy infrastructure, availability of cashless facilities and issues of cooking gas supplies.

About 20 oil ministry officials of the rank of deputy secretary and above and executives of the rank of general managers... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Faecal sludge management policy to be unveiled soon

The draft of National Urban Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) policy is ready for implementation in March first week, according to Praveen Prakash, Joint Secretary in the Union Urban Development Ministry.

Addressing media persons on the sidelines of the fourth Faecal Sludge Management Conference here, Prakash said the policy will deal with sanitation awareness, financial structuring,... Read more..

Source: Business Line

NGT issues suo motu notices over Bellandur lake fire in Bengaluru

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has suo motu issued notices to all the agencies involved in the upkeep of the heavily polluted Bellandur lake following the most recent outbreak of fire. The matter is listed for Wednesday and NGT has asked for a plan of action from the agencies regarding controlling pollution in the lake, sources said.

The Bangalore Development Authority (custodian of the lake), the civic... Read more..

Source: The Hindu
Subject Tags: NGT, water pollution

Connecticut unveils initiative to boost film plastic recycling

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has introduced a new initiative that is geared toward increasing the recycling of LDPE film plastics, linear low density polyethylene and medium and high density polyethylene.

“If you collect plastic bags and plastic film separately it has value,” says Sherill Baldwin, coordinator of Connecticut’s Wrap Program, which will be launched this... Read more..

Source: Recycling Today

Farm scientists urged to mitigate climate impact

In a bid to effectively tackle the growing threat of climate change to the country’s agriculture sector, Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand called upon farm scientists to come out with a region-specific impact assessments.

He also suggested that cropping patterns that are climate friendly and consistent with natural resources should be evolved so that they are sustainable in the long-term.

... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Delhi Pollution: Measures implemented under 'severe' category may be lifted

Measures implemented under the 'severe' category of the graded response plan on January 20 to combat air pollution may soon be lifted as the city's air quality has improved over the last few weeks.

The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA), empowered by the Supreme Court to enforce the Graded Response Action Plan, will meet next week to take a call in this regard.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Yamuna pollution: Supreme Court seeks report on sewage treatment plants

After 22 years of Supreme Court monitoring and spending around Rs 4,439 crore, Yamuna continues to stink like a sewer in Delhi but the Court decided on Monday to act tough against the authorities entrusted the task to clean the river and sought a comprehensive report from city Jal Board on operation of interceptor sewage projects(ISP) and sewage treatment plants (STP) .

A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times