Nations Approve Landmark Climate Agreement in Paris

December 29, 2015 At the Paris climate conference (COP 21) in December 2015, over 190 countries adopted a comprehensive agreement on climate change. The agreement calls for “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.” Here are the key points of the Paris agreement. Continue Reading>>

India Notifies Stricter Standards for Thermal Power Plants

December 29, 2015 Moving towards stricter emission norms to minimise pollution, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, recently amended emission standards of thermal power plants. The amended standards eliminate what until now had been a notable failing in the regulation of the thermal power generation sector, by introducing for the first time, limits on the emissions of Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Mercury (Hg), and making the existing standard for Particulate Matter (PM) significantly stricter. Continue Reading>>

Air Quality Monitors : Understanding the air around us

December 22, 2015 With the issue of air pollution looming large in New Delhi, citizens are becoming increasingly concerned about the quality of the air they breathe. Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation has installed an air quality monitoring device in its outdoor office space. We now have real time data to track particulate matter and related parameters in the surrounding area of Munirka. The collected data will be useful to local residents and help gauge pollution levels in the area. Continue Reading>>

Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

September 17, 2015 At the 19th session of the Conference of Party (COP) under UNFCCC held in Warsaw in November 2013, all Parties were invited to initiate or intensify domestic preparations for their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) towards achieving the objective of the Convention as set out in its Article 2, without prejudice to the legal nature of the contributions, in the context of adopting a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties. Parties were invited to communicate to the UNFCCC secretariat their INDCs well in advance of COP 21. Continue Reading>>

India’s flagship urban missions – Smart Cities and AMRUT

September 17, 2015 India has launched two flagship schemes to drive urban transformation and economic growth – The “Smart Cities Mission” and the “Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)”. The focus on creating better cities is a welcome development, at a time when India’s urban population is expected to increase to 600 million by 2030, from 400 million today. The “Smart Cities Mission” will cover 100 cities with the objective of promoting area-based urban development initiatives that are replicable. The key focus of the Smart Cities Mission is to provide a decent quality of life to citizens through “Smart” solutions, enabled by technology applications, Continue Reading>>

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