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Uttar Pradesh govt approves Rs 47 crore for making drinking water availability in Bundelkhand region

The Yogi Adityanath government approved Rs 47 crore package to ensure immediate availability of drinking water in the parched Bundelkhand region.

The UP Chief Minister also said that if needed, the state government would make available additional funds under this head, but there should not be any problem of drinking water for the people and the cattle in Bundelkhand region.

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Source: Money Control

Sustainable development: Asia-Pacific adopts roadmap for regional cooperation

Asia-Pacific countries have adopted a roadmap for regional cooperation on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This is the outcome of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD 2017) that concluded on Friday in Bangkok.


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Source: Business Line

Indian Government Withdraws FAME Subsidies For Mild Hybrids

The Central Government has effectively withdrawn the subsidies that have been provided to mild hybrid diesel cars under the FAME scheme. The FAME or ‘Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles’ was introduced in 2015 and offered discounts of up to Rs 29,000 for two wheelers and up to Rs 1.38 lakh for four wheelers. The change in policy will affect the prices of two Maruti Suzuki vehicles in India, the Ertiga and the Ciaz. Incidentally, the Ciaz was just recently moved to the Nexa chain... Read more..

Source: NDTV Auto

CPCB issues draft norms to tackle odour from solid waste disposal sites

Recognizing the urgent need for abatement of odour from municipal solid waste (MSW) disposal facilities in urban India, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has proposed guidelines to tackle it.

CPCB, India’s nodal pollution watchdog, hopes that the draft guidelines on “Odour Monitoring & Management in Urban Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Landfill Site” will serve as a useful tool for regulatory... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Kollam first district to go plastic-free

Kollam becomes the first district to implement complete plastic ban in all of its Local Self Government Departments in the State. The district collector has announced the ban on plastic bags below 50 microns starting from Saturday. The ban is based on the Center’s Plastic Management Act of 2016 and the circular issued by the state government. All four municipalities, 68 grama panchayats, and the Kollam Corporation has issued order regarding the ban, said Suchitwa Mission district coordinator G. Krishnakumar... Read more..

Source: Deccan Chronicle

India joins International Energy Association

India has become part of IEA Association that will allow the country play a more "visible and influential" role in the global energy landscape.

The "Activation of Association" is expected to serve as a bridge and platform for wider-ranging and deeper co-operation and collaboration between IEA member and Association countries in the future.

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Source: Money Control

Thermal plants must meet emission norms: Environment ministry

Sending a strong message to coal-based power plants across the country, the environment ministry has made it clear that it will neither dilute the emission norms for thermal power plants, as notified on December 7, 2015, to minimise air pollution, nor relax deadline for implementation of the stricter standards.

"The revised emission standards for thermal power plants were notified with respect to Particulate... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

SIDBI puts Rs 20 crore in solar installation startup Oriano Solar through its private arm

 Samridhi Fund, a Rs 450-crore fund owned by the private investment arm of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), has agreed to make a Rs 20-crore investment in Mumbai-based solar installation startup Oriano Solar.

The Series A investment comprises a mix of debt and debenture and, according to Oriano Solar chief executive Sachin Jain, SIDBI Ventures is keen to invest another Rs 9.75 crore ($1.5... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Azure Power wins 46 MWs solar rooftop projects from Indian Railways

Azure Power today said it has bagged from Indian Railways 46 MWs of solar rooftop projects spread across eleven states in India.

The power purchase agreement (PPA) will be signed with Indian Railways for their respective zones and coach factory for 25 years, the company said in a statement.

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Source: The Economic Times

Solar energy reaches another milestone, electricity generation reaches over 10 billion units in January

Figures released by the Central Electricity Authority today show that the Indian solar energy sector crossed a milestone in January – generating over 10 billion units of electricity for the first time.

In the April 2016-Januray 2017 period, solar power plants in India generated more than 10,565 million kWhr of electricity—roughly twice (5,726 million kWhr) as much as it did in the corresponding period of... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Vikram Solar ties up with Israel firm to develop innovative water technology for India

Vikram Solar today said it has signed an MoU with Israels Water-Gen to develop clean and hygienic drinking water solutions in the country.

"The technology developed by Water-Gen to create and store drinking water by harvesting condensation from air, provides a potential solution to the clean and safe drinkable water crisis faced by India," Vikram Solar said in a statement.

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Source: India Today In
Subject Tags: drinking water, MoU, Technology

Ostro Energy plans $250 million bond issue

Ostro Energy Pvt. Ltd, the renewable energy platform set up by private equity firm Actis, plans to raise $250 million by selling bonds overseas, two people aware of the development said.

The Delhi-based firm is in the process of hiring bankers for the bond sale. Ostro plans to build a 1,000 megawatt (MW) portfolio of renewable energy projects by 2019.

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Source: livemint

Shut units polluting Ganga: Uttarakhand High Court

Uttarakhand high court on Thursday ordered the Uttarakhand Environment Protection & Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB) to "close down all hotels, ashrams and industries which are polluting the Ganga by strictly enforcing the court's orders passed earlier in this regard."

The HC made the observations while commenting that the administration exhibited laxity in shutting down the polluting units.... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Toyota Using Denso’s Plant-Based Plastics in its Navigation Systems

Toyota is using plant-based plastics developed by Denso in its car navigation systems, according to the automotive supplier.

Denso’s new plant-based plastics includes bio-polycarbonate (PC) made from starch and urethane resin extracted from castor oil. Denso’s starch-derived bio-PC, which the company says provides high hardness yet can be shaped into complex designs, is being used to make plastic bezels for... Read more..

Source: Environmental Leader

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's plans afoot to address Mumbai's waste management needs

In a move aimed at easing the city's solid waste management (SWM) problems, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will reduce the burden on the Deonar dumping ground by 2000 metric tonnes per day.

The civic body plans to compost 1,000 tonnes of garbage everyday at the Kanjurmarg landfill site, where 3,500 metric tonnes is already scientifically treated, using bio-reactor landfill technology. The SWM... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

ADB okays $175 mn loan to Power Grid to diversify energy mix

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved USD 175 million loan to Power Grid Corporation to help the power producer diversify its power mix by supplying more clean energy.

Under clean energy clause, more power is to be produced from solar. The move will also help India to achieve its energy security target.

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Source: The Economic Times

Supreme Court bans sale of non-BS IV vehicles from April 1

The Supreme Court banned the sale and registration of vehicles that don't meet the Bharat Stage-IV emission standards or higher from April 1, dealing a major blow on an industry that is sitting on inventory worth an estimated Rs 14,000 crore that they won't be able to sell.

Automakers claimed that they had 8.24 lakh units of mostly twowheelers, three-wheelers and commercial vehicles that conform to BS-III... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Kerala, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh take states' list under UDAY to 26

Twenty six states are now part of the UDAY scheme, meant for the revival of debt stressed discoms, after Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura formally joined the programme.

"An overall net benefit of approximately Rs 4,178 crore, Rs 309 crore and Rs 810 crore would accrue to the states of Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura respectively, by opting to participate in UDAY, by way of cheaper funds, reduction... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India becomes net exporter of power for the first time: Government

India has become a net exporter of electricity during the April-February period this fiscal for the first time, Power Ministry today said.

"As per Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the designated authority of Government of India for Cross Border Trade of Electricity, first time India has turned around from a net importer of electricity to Net Exporter of electricity," Power Ministry said in a statement.... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

100 percent committed to Paris deal, says China after Trump snubs rules

China, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, today reaffirmed that it remains "100 per cent" committed to the landmark Paris climate deal, looking to seize the leadership of global environment policy after US President Donald Trump began dismantling Obama-era policies.

In another controversial executive order, Trump decided on Thursday to radically change the policies of his predecessor Barack... Read more..

Source: Zee News

India’s Azure Power commissions 130MW solar project in Karnataka

Indian renewables developer Azure Power has commissioned a 130MW solar project in Chitradurga district, Karnataka.

The project is divided into one 50MW plant and two 40MW plants, all spread across a total of 270 hectares.

Azure has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with three distribution... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Reusable carbon nanotubes, the next-gen water filter

A new class of carbon nanotubes may soon become the next-generation clean-up crew for toxic sludge and contaminated water, a new study suggested.

Enhanced single-walled carbon nanotubes offer a more effective and sustainable approach to water treatment and remediation than the standard industry materials, silicon gels and activated carbon, according to researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology.... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

State Pollution Control Board of Himachal Pradesh to monitor 27 more sites

In a bid to check the water quality, the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has enhanced its monitoring locations from the earlier 104 sites across the state to 131.

The move has been initiated as per the National Water Monitoring Programme undertaken by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) which has notified sampling and analysis procedures for these sites.

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Source: The Tribune

Innovative mobile machinery to resolve the issue of solid waste management

Though politicians and officials of the Local Bodies Department have been endlessly trying to resolve the the issue of getting a suitable chunk of land for setting up a solid waste management plan, a city-based industrialist has come up with an idea which does not have any requirement of the sort.

Ajay Palta, owner of Palta Engineering Works, based at the Focal Point here, claims to have designed a machinery... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

Veolia and Carbon Clean Solutions Partner to Help Companies Lower Carbon Footprints, Advance the Circular Economy

In a deal that aims to reduce industrial emissions and convert CO2 into new products for reuse, Veolia and Carbon Clean Solutions (CCSL) have partnered for the large-scale rollout of CCSL’s carbon dioxide separation technology.

The partnership will “help companies lower their carbon footprint in a cost-effective and sustainable manner,” said Aniruddha Sharma, CEO of CCSL, in a statement.

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Source: Environmental Leader