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  • Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)
  • Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) is a premier academic institute sponsored by the Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). It is a premier voluntary non-profit organisation established in 1935, devoted to the cause of education at all levels in several branches of learning. It is now a registered society and a public trust. CEPT has been accorded the status of Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India since 1995.
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  • The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI)
  • The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) works around issues related to the gradual depletion of the earth’s finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable and also on the consequent pollution that results from the manner of their use. It specialises in mounting research, training and demonstration projects leading to development of specific problem-based advanced technologies that help carry benefits to society at large.
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Energy Efficiency
Climate Policy
  • Improving efficiency in the urban built environment

    Rapid urbanisation requires adequate provision for urban infrastructure, buildings and services to meet the needs of the increasing population in cities.>>

  • Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect

    Responding to the Urban Heat Island effect is essential for low-carbon urban growth in the country.>>

  • Revision of CPWD specifications and schedule of rates for ECBC compliance

    Recommendations to revise the existing CPWD documents to integrate Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) compliant specifications>>

  • Cool Roofs for Cool Delhi

    Design of the roof of a building is critical to its energy consumption and is responsible for about one-fifth of the total heat gain in a building. This is crucial in its impact on the air-conditioning requirement for the building. Cool roofs provide a low cost solution that reduces daytime heat flow through the roof and decreases air-conditioning use by keeping indoor temperatures 6 to 8 degrees lower. They also help in improving occupant comfort level and mitigate the urban heat island effects.>>

  • BASIC optimistic about legally binding Paris deal

    The BASIC group : Brazil, South Africa, India and China, committed themselves to a comprehensive, balanced, ambitious and legally binding agreement emerging from the Paris Climate Change conference, while upholding the importance of combined but differentiated responsibility (CBDR).>>

    The Hindu |  09 Dec 2015
    Paris climate draft goes into the final round

    A ‘Draft Paris Outcome’ providing the final base text for the 195 countries of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to craft the Paris agreement was released on Wednesday evening. It contains a provision for a progress review of the agreement that could be either in 2023 or 2024. >>

    The Hindu |  10 Dec 2015
  • No accord yet, Paris climate talks go into overtime.

    The climate talks in Paris went into overtime , as countries hit a hurdle on three major issues — the differentiation between developed and developing nations, financial arrangements for the developing world and the ambition for a global temperature target.>>

    The Hindu |  11 Dec 2015
    World leaders welcome historic climate pact

    The world leaders, welcomed the adoption of a legally-binding pact seeking to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, calling it a big step forward in securing the planet for future generations. >>

    The Hindu |  13 Dec 2015
  • Over 6 crore LED bulbs to be distributed in a year: Piyush Goyal

    The Centre has set a target to distribute over six crore LED bulbs through State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) in a span of one year, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said today.>> |  15 Dec 2015
    Supreme Court May Double Green Tax On Commercial Vehicles Entering Delhi

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday indicated that it may double the Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) on commercial vehicles using the national capital as transit for their onward journey to other destinations to curb the capital's alarming pollution levels. >>

    NDTV.COM |  16 Dec 2015
  • India to be 4th largest solar installation country

    India is set to become the fourth largest solar market in the world with an expected solar generation capacity addition of 3.6 GW in 2016, according to research firm Mercom Capital Group.>> |  17 Dec 2015
    Centre's LED scheme pares Delhi's peak demand by 145 mw

    The government's programme to get consumers to replace less efficient CFL or incandescent lights with LED bulbs at a discount has reduced Delhi’s peak load by 145 mw and creating savings of over Rs 61 lakh daily in power bill. >> |  18 Dec 2015
  • India's Energy Demand Will Be Double By 2040

    India's energy demands will be more than double by 2040 as the economy will grow over five times its current size, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said today.>>

    PM launches electric-powered ‘Go Green’ bus service for MPs

    Prime Minister launched an electric bus to ferry lawmakers at Parliament House, under the Government’s ‘Go Green’ initiative. >>

    The Times of India |  22 Dec 2015
  • Users see the light, grab 1cr LED bulbs in 25 days

    Power consumers changed one crore traditional incandescent or CFL lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs in the last 25 days, even as more states joined the Centre's replacement scheme.>>

    The Times of India |  23 Dec 2015
    Energy sector will generate $250 billion investment potential: Piyush Goyal

    Power, coal and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal says his sectors can generate investment potential of $250 billion, which will spur India to a long phase of double-digit growth. >> |  24 Dec 2015
  • DTC revs up to reclaim ‘city’s lifeline’ title.

    AAP’s 70-point action plan called for re-popularising bus service; odd-even trial will test capabilities of the Delhi Transport Corporation.>>

    The Hindu |  28 Dec 2015
    Cars are not the biggest polluters in Delhi.

    Burning of biomass and municipal solid waste, and industrial stacks contribute a far greater share of the city's air pollution, according to a study by the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur. >>

    The Hindu |  29 Dec 2015
  • Centre to provide Rs 5,000-crore subsidy for rooftop solar power.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved an increase in the budget for implementation of grid connected solar rooftop systems under National Solar Mission from Rs 600 crore to Rs 5,000 crore by 2019-20.>>

    The Economic Times |  30 Dec 2015
    Green certificates sale rises two-fold to to 9.6 lakh in December.

    Sale of renewable energy certificates increased by two-fold to 9.6 lakh in December from 3.19 lakh in November due to better compliance of Renewable Purchase Obligation by the companies. >> |  31 Dec 2015
  • Ministry looking at Euro VI compliant vehicles by 2021.

    Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar said the Centre has set a target of year 2021 for Euro VI compliance of all vehicles in India to check the menace of vehicular pollution in our cities, especially metros like Delhi and Mumbai.>> |  04 Jan 2016
    15 states with 90% accumulated losses of power distributors have joined UDAY: Piyush Goyal

    The development is expected to catalyse the power sector, which has already taken big steps forward with better transmission facilities, very low energy deficit and a big jump in coal availability for thermal power stations, Goyal told reporters. >> |  05 Jan 2016
  • Jharkhand gets on board UDAY, eyes huge gains.

    Jharkhand today signed an agreement with the Power Ministry to join UDAY, a central scheme for the revival of debt-stressed power distribution companies, which will offer the state a net benefit of approximately Rs 5,300 crore.>> |  06 Jan 2016
    Modi government's decision to leapfrog to Euro VI historic: Prakash Javadekar.

    In a bid to curb vehicular pollution, the government yesterday decided to implement stricter emission norms of Bharat Stage (BS) VI from April 1, 2020 by skipping BS-V altogether. >>

    The Economic Times |  07 Jan 2016
  • Government bats for LED bulbs again, wants mass use.

    The government today called upon people to use energy-efficient LED bulbs, saying every unit of energy saved can be used to light the home of a poor household.>> |  08 Jan 2016
    Good news for power consumers as discoms pass on benefit of cheap sourcing.

    "Power prices at exchanges have declined about 25% over past three quarters and have been falling further primarily due to lack of demand," a senior power sector official said >>

    The Economic Times |  11 Jan 2016
  • Solar sector funding drops to $25.3 bn in 2015.

    Solar sector globally attracted corporate funding worth USD 25.3 billion in 2015 against that of USD 26.5 billion in 2014, says a report.>> |  12 Jan 2016
    Increasing renewable energy to boost global GDP by $1.3 trillion.

    A 36 per cent share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 would increase global gross domestic product by nearly USD 1.3 trillion, generating millions of jobs and helping countries like India dependent on importing oil and gas, a new study says. >> |  18 Jan 2016
  • Haryana targets 4200 mw solar power by 2022.

    The Haryana government is targeting 4,200 megawatt of solar power by 2022, including 1,600 mw from roof top solar power plants.>> |  19 Jan 2016
    Solar power tariff touches new low at Rs 4.34 per unit.

    The tariff for grid-connected solar power continued to plummet as the latest bidding under the National Solar Mission (NSM) received the lowest ever price of Rs. 4.34/unit, beating the previous low of Rs. 4.64/unit discovered in November last year. >>

    The Indian Express |  20 Jan 2016
  • Cabinet nod for power tariff policy.

    The Union Cabinet has approved several amendments to the national power tariff policy with a view to promote renewable energy and improve the ease of doing business for developers in the sector.>>

    The Hindu |  21 Jan 2016
    Government to soon launch new policy for solar zones.

    As part of efforts to boost the solar sector, the government will soon come out with a new policy for setting up solar zones in the country to give a fillip to renewable energy projects and manufacturing of equipment. >> |  22 Jan 2016
  • Interim secretariat of International Solar Alliance to be inaugurated.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande will tomorrow jointly inaugurate the interim secretariat of the International Solar Alliance (ISA), an initiative launched by both the leaders at the Climate Change summit in Paris.>> |  25 Jan 2016
    Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd awaits nod for offering external electrical appliance control.

    Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) is waiting for approvals from the government and electricity regulator to roll out interactive services to consumers to enable them to control electrical appliances from outside their homes. >> |  27 Jan 2016
  • Rent your rooftop and get solar power at a cheaper rate.

    Give us your rooftop and we will give you cheap solar power - this is the model being used by many solar power companies to rake up their rooftop solar installation capacities.>> |  01 Feb 2016
    Power sector outlook 'stable to negative' in FY17: Ind-Ra.

    India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) has maintained a 'stable to negative' outlook on the power sector for the next fiscal as the plant load factor (PLF) of plants is expected to remain low amid muted growth in electricity demand, India Ratings said. >> |  02 Feb 2016
  • ‘Green bond issuance to top $50bn in 2016’.

    Companies globally are likely to raise over $50 billion through issuance of green bonds in 2016, up from $42.4 billion mopped up last year, Moody’s Investors Service said.The $42.4 billion green bond issuance in 2015 was also the highest level since such bonds first appeared in 2007.>>

    The Hindu |  03 Feb 2016
    Auto Expo 2016 | Green vehicles take centre stage.

    Green, hybrid, electric are buzzwords as nearly all auto makers are showcasing their environment-friendly vehicles at the auto show. Amid an ongoing debate on vehicular pollution, resulting in poor air quality and sparking health scares, these green vehicles are evoking massive interest among visitors. >>

    Livemint |  04 Feb 2016
  • SunEdison commissions 146 MW solar projects.

    Renewable energy firm SunEdison has commissioned 146 MW of solar power projects in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.The energy from the solar power plants would be sold to local distribution channels and private companies, city-based SunEdison said in a statement.>>

    Business Standard |  05 Feb 2016
    Tata Power Delhi Distribution launches Smart Grid Lab.

    The focus of the lab will be towards demonstration of new technologies, products and operations for different organisations and institutions, including utilities, the company said in a statement. >> |  08 Feb 2016
  • 'Affordable tech transfer can boost renewable power in India'

    Keen to tap Australia's rooftop solar expertise, Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said there is need for the technology transfer at affordable rates for efficient expansion of renewable energy in India.>> |  10 Feb 2016
    India, Australia agree to strengthen energy ties.

    India and Australia today agreed on enhancing cooperation in clean coal technology, renewable power and LNG in a bid to meet the burgeoning demand for cheap and environment-friendly energy in one of the fastest growing emerging economies. >> |  11 Feb 2016
  • Odd-even back from April 15 to 30.

    As in the first phase in January, women, two-wheelers riders and VVIPs will be exempted from the scheme, Mr. Kejriwal said, adding that his government was “seriously considering” permanent enforcement of the scheme for 15 days every month in the future.>>

    The Hindu |  12 Feb 2016
    Climate Change has Put Focus on Necessity of Renewable Energy

    Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu on Sunday said climate change has put the focus on the necessity of renewable energy and this is also being used as an opportunity to help the transition to a cleaner and greener world. >>

    The New Indian Express |  15 Feb 2016
  • Kerala, Karnataka to join UDAY scheme soon: Piyush Goyal.

    Kerala and Karnataka have shown their willingness to come on board for UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana) scheme meant for reviving stressed discoms and will be soon joining it, Union power minister Piyush Goyal said.>>

    Livemint |  16 Feb 2016
    Make In India: Power sector stress is just short term, says power minister Piyush Goyal.

    "Once the distribution sector is in shape on execution of Uday (Ujjwal Discom Assurance Yojana) scheme, they can sell more power at lower prices". The stress in the power sector will continue in the short term since the reforms initiated by the government aim at long-term solutions and not a quick-fix. >> |  17 Feb 2016
  • Apple issues $1.5 bln in green bonds in first sale.

    Moody's Investor Services said earlier this month it expects to see the issuance of green bonds rise to over $50 billion this year, following a record $42.4 billion issuance in 2015 due to the global climate change agreement reached in Paris in December.>> |  18 Feb 2016
    Ind-Ra: Solar power tariffs have room to fall further.

    Solar power tariffs which hit a low of Rs.4.34 per unit at a recent solar power generation bid are likely to fall further with a reduction in solar companies' capital costs and their access to competitive funding, a new report says. >> |  19 Feb 2016
  • Bihar to become the sixth state to formally join the UDAY scheme.

    According to a statement by the Power Ministry, the tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joining the scheme will be signed by Power Secretary of Bihar, representatives of discoms and the ministry here in the capital.>> |  22 Feb 2016
    DTL commissions six projects.

    In a bid to augment the city’s transmission network, the Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) has commissioned as many as six projects in one go. Completed at a cost of Rs.136 crore, the projects have increased Delhi’s transformation capacity by 740 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA). >>

    The Hindu |  22 Feb 2016
  • Govt fixes target of electrifying 7,000 villages by March.

    Centre has fixed a target of electrifying 7,000 un-electrified villages by March-end, Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said. Centre has already electrified 5,542 villages out of the total 18,452 un-electrified villages so far, he added.>> |  24 Feb 2016
    BHEL goes green to cut Energy Bills.

    Public sector undertaking (PSU) giant Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), have decided to embark on green project to reduce energy dependence and cut energy bills. Company has chosen BHEL's Bhopal and Haridwar units to take up the project forward and promote use of non-conventional source of energy. >> |  25 Feb 2016
  • Greenhouse solar can plug the massive need for land to promote renewable energy.

    The target for renewable energy has been set at 175GW by 2022, out of which 100GW is to be by solar energy alone and the land requirement to achieve this target alone is going to be around 200,000 ha.>>

    The Economic Times |  26 Feb 2016
    PM Narendra Modi for electrification of 200 villages every week.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the Power Ministry to target electrification of around 200 villages every week by holding regular follow ups with the state implementing agencies. >> |  29 Feb 2016
  • India at 90th rank in terms of energy security, access: WEF

    The latest Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report, explored the energy architecture of 126 countries based on their ability to provide energy access across three dimensions of the "energy triangle" - affordability, environmental sustainability, security and access.>> |  03 Mar 2016
    Palatana power plant to supply 100 MW to Bangladesh from March 23

    Bangladesh will start receiving 100 MW of power from Tripura's 726 MW gas based thermal power project at Palatana in Gomati district from March 23. >>

    The Economic Times |  02 Mar 2016
  • Energy efficient LED bulbs to light streets of 43,000 villages in Maharashtra.

    The Maharashtra government has decided to replace CFL bulbs used for street lighting across 43,665 villages in the state with energy-efficient LED bulbs.>> |  04 Mar 2016
    6,000 unelectrified villages provided with power: Government

    Electrification has been done in 6,000 of the 18,500 unelectrified villages and the renewable energy capacity has reached 39.5 Giga Watts >>

    The Economic Times |  05 Mar 2016
  • UP exempts LED bulbs from VAT; price to drop by Rs 12/unit

    The Uttar Pradesh government has exempted LED bulbs from value added tax of 14.5 percent, which will reduce its price from Rs 100 to Rs 88 per unit under Centre's Domestic Efficienct Lighting Programme.>>

    The Economic Times |  07 Mar 2016
    MoEF plans to tweak clearance norms

    The award process for Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) is likely to become more cumbersome as the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is planning to tweak clearance norms, which could further delay setting up of such projects. >> |  08 Mar 2016
  • Govt to change law to act against polluting industries on the basis of online evidence

    The Centre will make necessary changes in existing law to enable use of online data as legal evidence against polluting industries if such units violate permissible emission\effluent limits.>>

    Sustainability Outlook |  09 Mar 2016
    Clean environment cess to make solar power more competitive: Report

    "The Clean Environment Cess previously known as the Clean Energy Cess (tax) has been increased from Rs 200 per tonne to Rs 400 per tonne. This increase will make solar (power) more competitive by increasing the cost of coal," the report said. >> |  10 Mar 2016
  • Banks, NBFCs to finance 76,000 MW clean energy projects

    Public as well as private banks and non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) have committed for financing renewable energy projects of 76,352 MW capacity with an outlay of Rs 3.82 lakh crore, Parliament was informed today.>> |  11 Mar 2016
    Solar capacity addition to touch 5,700 MW in FY17

    Nearly 5,700 MW of solar capacity is expected to be added during 2016-17, even as concerns over aggressive bidding and regulatory challenges persist, says rating agency ICRA. >>

    The Hindu |  14 Mar 2016
  • Four organisations from India shortlisted for 'Green Oscars'

    Four clean energy organisations from India have been shortlisted for this year's prestigious Ashden International Awards, known as the "Green Oscars".>>

    Daily News and Analysis |  15 Mar 2016
    UDAY scheme bonds to pay lower interest

    In a tweet on Wednesday morning, power minister Piyush Goyal said that Rajasthan issued UDAY bonds at a coupon rate of 8.39%. This is lower than the 8.55% paid by the state to raise Rs.1,000 crore at the last state government bond auction on 8 March. >>

    Livemint |  16 Mar 2016
  • Economic growth no longer translates into more greenhouse gas: IEA

    Global economic growth did not translate into more harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector last year, the IEA said , a strong indication that growth and increased pollution no longer go hand in hand.>> |  17 Mar 2016
    Rewa gets ready for 750-Mw solar park

    The government of Madhya Pradesh is inviting tenders for a 750-megawatt (Mw) solar energy park at Rewa. The project is to be split into three units of grid-mounted solar photovoltaic power plants of 250 Mw each. >>

    Business Standard |  18 Mar 2016
  • IEDC studying hybrid model to produce renewable energy

    IEDC has embarked upon a first-of-its-kind feasibility study to examine the possibility of integrating wind and solar power production along with energy storage at a single plant. The study will examine what combination is ideal from cost and generation perspectives>> |  23 Mar 2016
    Delhi Gets 2 Elevated Bus-Rapid Transit Corridors

    The Delhi government on Monday announced construction of two new elevated Bus-Rapid-Transit (BRT) corridors in the city. >>

    NDTV |  29 Mar 2016
  • The clean energy deadline is close

    Policymakers need to think a lot more about the repercussions of the fossil fuel power plants currently being planned>>

    The Hindu |  30 Mar 2016
    No odd-even rule for CNG vehicles

    Vehicles running on CNG will continue to remain out of the ambit of the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, Transport Minister Gopal Rai announced here on Tuesday. >>

    The Hindu |  31 Mar 2016
  • Green certificates sale up 62% at 49.56 lakh in 2015-16

    Power distribution companies as well as open access and captive consumers are under obligation to buy RECs from renewable energy producers as mandated by central/state regulatory commission.>> |  01 Apr 2016
    Climate deal to be signed on April 22 at UN

    This is expected to create challenges for thermal power companies including a drastic fall in their capacity utilisation. >>

    The Economic Times |  04 Apr 2016
  • Energy efficiency drive set to get a push

    The Centre will launch a national energy efficient agricultural pumps and national energy efficient fans programmes, at the inaugural function of an international workshop on energy efficient lighting here on April 7.>>

    The Hindu |  07 Apr 2016
    Airline carbon tax will burden poor countries: BASIC

    The BASIC countries are opposed to any move of the ICAO on carbon emission tax on airlines in the garb of offsetting emission in the aviation sector as they believe it would impose inappropriate economic burden on developing countries. >>

    The Times of India |  08 Apr 2016
  • IGIA upgrades solar power plant

    In a bid to reduce its carbon footprint, the Indira Gandhi International Airport here will meet a substantial chunk of its energy needs through solar power.>>

    The Hindu |  13 Apr 2016
    Manufacturers to gain from Niti Aayog-coordinated solar power policy push

    India is readying a major solar push to build on recent successes with a brand new policy to aid manufacturing of equipments >>

    The Economic Times |  14 Apr 2016
  • Centre to set higher clean energy purchase target for discoms

    With some states expressing dissent on the issue, the central government is preparing separate targets for different groups of states>>

    Live Mint |  18 Apr 2016
    India Urges Developed World to Declare Enhanced Action Plan

    Mobilising $100 billion is still at the stage of discussion and no concrete action plan has been laid out. >>

    The Business Standard |  20 Apr 2016
  • India headed for top slot in global LED bulb market

    India is poised to emerge as the largest market for lighting systems based on LEDs (light-emitting diodes), thanks to the Narendra Modi-led government's UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All)>>

    The Economic Times |  21 Apr 2016
    India signs climate pact along with over 170 states at UN

    India today signed the historic Paris climate agreement here along with more than 170 nations, marking a significant step that has brought together developing and developed nations for beginning work on cutting down greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming. >>

    The Hindu Business Line |  25 Apr 2016
  • The future agenda for climate change

    The Climate Change Agreement signed in New York is a landmark event. Now it’s time to make an assessment of what has been achieved and what remains to be done.>>

    Live Mint |  27 Apr 2016
    Power shortage last fiscal at lowest level of 2.1 percent

    The power shortage in India during the last financial year was at 2.1 percent, thus recording the lowest level in a single year. >>

    Business Standard |  28 Apr 2016
  • On track to add 10,500 MW solar power: Piyush Goyal

    India has set an ambitious target of adding one lakh MW of solar power generation capacity by 2022 which is five times more than the earlier target of 20,000 MW under National Solar Mission.>>

    The Economic Times |  02 May 2016
    Clean energy projects get Rs 86,000 crore investment

    Renewable energy projects have received Rs 86,000 crore investment, most of it from private sector, in the last three years with Madhya Pradesh at top garnering Rs 14,313.80 crore. >>

    The Economic Times |  06 May 2016
  • Aviation minister bats for solar units at all airports

    Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said he has asked all the airports in the country to install solar energy units on the lines of Kochi airport.>>

    The Hindu Business Line |  09 May 2016
    India to monitor particulate matter 1 in major cities

    In an ambitious move, India is now gearing up to monitor PM1 (particulate matter1), which is the least visible pollutant particle in air, across major Indian cities. >>

    Live Mint |  10 May 2016
  • Govt to make coal-based power generation cleaner: Piyush Goyal

    The government will also design new financing schemes with private firms to fund green technology research, says power minister Piyush Goyal.>>

    Live Mint |  11 May 2016
    Delhi air not the most polluted anymore, says new WHO report

    Delhi is no longer the worst polluted city in the world in terms of air quality, a new World Health Organiastion (WHO) report revealed on Thursday. >>

    The Business Standard |  12 May 2016
  • Opinion : Renewables are not enough

    The challenge is to find a path that enables emerging economies while ensuring that the world meets its climate objectives>>

    Live Mint |  13 May 2016
    World Bank approves aid for India’s solar programme

    The World Bank’s Board has approved USD 625 million loan to support India’s grid connected rooftop solar programme to generate clean energy. >>

    The Hindu |  17 May 2016
  • World's largest rooftop solar power plant inaugurated in Punjab

    The world’s largest single rooftop solar power plant of 11.5 MW capacity was inaugurated in Beas near Amritsar in Punjab on Tuesday.>>

    Business Standard |  18 May 2016
    Green energy’s moment under the sun

    As of 30 April, India’s total installed renewable capacity is 42.8GW, of which wind power is 26.8GW, followed by solar with 6.7GW, biomass power with 4.9GW and small hydro projects with 4.2GW. >>

    Live Mint |  23 May 2016
  • India-US sign Memorandum of Understanding to boost energy ties

    A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the GOI and the US was signed to enhance cooperation in energy security, clean energy and climate change, the power ministry said in a statement.>>

    The Indian Express |  02 Jun 2016
    India, US announce $60 million clean energy financial support

    India and the US announced the setting up of two financial assistance programmes worth $60 million for supporting India's much-needed clean energy initiatives including in solar power and other renewables. >>

    The Economic Times |  08 Jun 2016
  • Cheaper, easier loans for green energy projects

    Renewable energy has received a big financial stimulus as loans have become easier and cheaper for projects because there are hardly any projects in pipeline for the conventional thermal and hydropower sectors.>>

    The Economic Times |  14 Jun 2016
    Renewable energy: ‘175-gigawatt target may face technical difficulties’

    The NITI Aayog released a report investigating the financing aspects of the 175 GW target. The findings of the analysis were presented before the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. >>

    The Indian Express |  15 Jun 2016
  • What sets India apart in global power market

    Two new reports that forecast trends on the global electricity sector expect India to stand apart on three different counts.>>

    Live Mint |  17 Jun 2016
    Andhra govt plans to distribute 13 lakh five-star rated fans

    About 50,000 families of Narsapur revenue sub-division in West Godavari district are slated to receive two five star-rated energy efficient fans. >>

    The Economic Times |  20 Jun 2016
  • Narendra Modi launches smart city projects in Pune

    Projects with a total investment of Rs.2,900 crore also launched in states including UP, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha under AMRUT>>

    Live Mint |  27 Jun 2016
    Timely action could bring PM emissions down 35%

    The International Energy Agency (IEA) has said that Delhi's particle pollution could fall by 35% over the next 15 years if it manages to reduce emissions from the power sector, vehicles and biomass burning, including cooking with solid fuels in slums. >>

    The Economic Times |  28 Jun 2016
  • India Targets $8.9 Billion in Energy Efficiency Cost Savings

    India’s plan to replace energy-intensive appliances with more efficient designs is expected to save as much as 600 billion rupees ($8.9 billion) a year, according to the head of the government arm spearheading the country’s drive>>

    Bloomberg |  30 Jun 2016
    New renewable energy policy likely to be ready by month-end

    Some of the key aspects of the new RE policy include energy security, energy access, climate change and mitigation and economic development >>

    The Times of India |  04 Jul 2016
  • India can achieve 1.65 billion units of electricity next year: Piyush Goyal

    The country can achieve as high as 50 per cent growth in electricity production up to 1.65 trillion units next year, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said earlier.>>

    The Economic Times |  07 Jul 2016
    No Compromise. Immediate Ban On Diesel Vehicles Over 10, Says Green Court

    NEW DELHI: Diesel vehicles older than 10 years will be banned in Delhi immediately, the National Green Tribunal said today, refusing to back down on its order last year. >> |  18 Jul 2016
  • Govt plans to create 10 solar zones across India by 2021

    The 10,000 hectares of land required for every solar zone could be government owned or privately owned wasteland, uncultivable or fallow land>>

    Live Mint |  22 Jul 2016
    EPA moves to regulate climate-warming airliner pollution

    The Environmental Protection Agency said it will use its authority under the Clean Air Act to impose limits on aircraft emissions. >>

    Business Standard |  26 Jul 2016
  • India’s electricity generation capacity tops 300 giga watt

    India's total electricity generation capacity has crossed the 300,00 MW (mega watt)-mark, including more than 42,848 MW renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power plants,>>

    The Times of India |  02 Aug 2016
    Gusty winds push up power production

    It’s a windfall, literally, as far as electricity generation from wind energy is concerned. Gusty winds sweeping through the State has given a boost to the generation of renewable energy. >>

    The Hindu |  03 Aug 2016
  • How will GST impact India's energy sector?

    The GST implementation will be one of the "most significant reforms" affecting all factors of production and economics, according to Morgan Stanley.>>

    The Economic Times |  03 Aug 2016
    NTPC raises Rs 2k cr via green masala bonds for clean projects

    State-owned power major NTPC said it has raised Rs 2,000 crore through issuance of green masala bonds in an overseas market that will be used for financing renewable energy projects. >>

    The Economic Times |  04 Aug 2016
  • 12 major ports propose 83 MW solar power plants

    India's 12 major ports plan to set up 83 MW solar photovoltaic power plant projects from their own resources, Parliament was informed on Friday.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 Aug 2016
    National Energy Policy by NITI Ayog to make polluter pay for emissions

    NITI Aayog is likely to unveil the new National Energy Policy in the next three months with a focus on air quality issue, renewable energy, natural gas, universal electrification and clean cooking fuel. >>

    The Economic Times |  05 Aug 2016
  • A promising start to Uday scheme with state discoms reducing commercial losses and interest costs

    State power distribution companies have sharply reduced commercial losses and interest costs, giving a promising start to Power Minister Piyush Goyal's Uday scheme that aims to set right electricity distribution, the biggest bottleneck in the sector.>>

    The Economic Times |  08 Aug 2016
    Energy Efficient Services Ltd to distribute LED tube lights to consumers at around Rs 220 apiece

    State-run Energy Efficient Services Ltd will soon start distributing energy-efficient LED tube lights to consumers at around Rs 220 apiece, or just about one-fourth the prevailing market price of Rs 800. >>

    The Economic Times |  09 Aug 2016
  • Can't impose emission tax on airlines, says India

    India made it clear that the country would not agree to any move of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to propose carbon emission tax on its airlines in the garb of offsetting emission in the aviation sector and said that the global market-based measures must "take care of interests of poor and developing countries".>>

    The Times of India |  08 Aug 2016
    Electricity in 18k villages in 1000 days

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government has set a target to provide electricity connection in 18,000 villages across the country in just 1,000 days >>

    The Economic Times |  10 Aug 2016
  • India announces Repowering Policy for wind energy projects

    In a bid to infuse a new lease of life in India's wind energy sector, the Narendra Modi government announced a new policy for repowering of wind power projects. The policy has the potential to turn around a bulk of the 27,000 Megawatt of the existing installed wind generation capacity in the country.>>

    The Economic Times |  09 Aug 2016
    Study on walkability conducted

    Absence of a footpath in most parts of the Rajgarh Road is a significant observation of a pilot study of walkability that was conducted by the CEE North East. This study was conducted in association with Sustainability Urban Mobility Network (SUM Net) India and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation (SSEF). The study covered two roads of Guwahati – about 2-km stretch each of the Rajgarh Road and MRD Road. >>

    The Assam Tribune |  09 Aug 2016
  • NITI Aayog signs statement of principle with US and UK to set up India’s first energy data agency

    As a step towards setting up India's first energy data agency, government's premier think-tank NITI Aayog signed statement of principle with US and UK to host all the data related to energy sector in the country including oil and gas, coal, solar and thermal energy, much on the lines of the Energy Information Administration of US.>>

    The Economic Times |  10 Aug 2016
    LED bulbs can help save Rs 1.25 lakh cr in energy cost: PM

    Price of energy-efficient LED bulbs has dropped to Rs 50 from previous Rs 350 following government intervention, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he targeted saving Rs 1.25 lakh crore in energy cost through installation of 77 crore such lighting devices. Delivering his third Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, he said light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs not just save electricity but also reduce CO2 emissions and contribute to the environment and the economy. >>

    The Economic Times |  15 Aug 2016
  • India gauges auctions for wind power to maximize investment

    India’s preparing to tender 10 gigawatts of wind power by 2019 in auctions intended to help meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious clean-energy targets.>>

    Mint |  17 Aug 2016
    CEA working on 13th electricity plan

    Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is working on the 13th National Electricity Plan and the draft is expected in a month. The plan will try to gauge power demand in the country and highlight policy enablers to achieve the same. >>

    The Economic Times |  21 Aug 2016
  • Installed capacity of renewable energy has crossed 44 GW: NITI Aayog

    The cumulative installed capacity of renewable energy has crossed 44 Gigawatts and "phenomenal progress" has been made in other key infrastructure sectors like aviation and railways.>>

    The Economic Times |  22 Aug 2016
    Make vehicle scrapping mandatory, start with heavy vehicles: FM Arun Jaitley

    In order to check pollution, a new policy will be framed to make scrapping of 15-year old vehicles mandatory, bringing heavy vehicles in its ambit to begin with. The Finance Ministry has suggested putting the proposed policy before a Committee of Secretaries, the Road Transport and Highways Minister said after holding a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on modernising the country’s vehicle fleet. >>

    The Financial Express |  24 Aug 2016
  • 36% diesel vehicles exceed national limit for emissions

    Study- Smoke-spewing vehicles are largely to blame for the toxic air we breathe. A study has found that 36.3% of the diesel vehicles in the city and 12.6% run on petrol exceed the national limit for vehicular emissions. Diesel and petrol vehicles which are over 15 years old emit more pollutants.>>

    The Times of India |  25 Aug 2016
    Two $1 billion funds in the works for stressed power assets, renewable energy: Piyush Goyal

    The power ministry plans to set up two funds of $1 billion each to enable alternative financing options for stressed power assets and renewable energy projects. The two funds have been proposed under the ambit of the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF). >>

    The Economic Times |  29 Aug 2016
  • India, US to step up efforts to mobilise clean energy funds

    India and the US emphasised on the need to enhance access to both public and private funding for the development of clean energy. Both sides underscored the vital "importance of expanding access to public and private financing for clean energy development in order to enhance energy access and sustainable development.>>

    The Economic Times |  01 Sep 2016
    21 Lakh solar certificates remain unsold

    21 lakh solar renewable energy certificates and another 73 lakh non-solar renewable certificates has piled up, remaining unsold till the August trading session of Indian Energy Exchange. >>

    The Economic Times |  01 Sep 2016
  • Govt launches dedicated pan-India helpline for power outages

    Consumers can now get an update from power distribution companies about outages in their area through 'Urja Mitra Helpline' by dialling 14401. Department of Telecom (DoT) has created the helpline to facilitate power distribution companies to provide information about outages to customers.>>

    The Economic Times |  06 Sep 2016
    Industry thumbs up for India’s new Wind Power policy

    The domestic industry has given a thumbs-up to the government's new policy for repowering of wind power projects. The new policy will provide a fillip to new investment proposals and infuse a fresh lease of life in the ailing sector, the industry has said. >>

    The Economic Times |  07 Sep 2016
  • Air pollution cost India 8.5% of its GDP in 2013: study

    A World Bank study shows that welfare costs and lost labour income due to air pollution amounted to 8.5% of India’s GDP in 2013. India reported the highest loss in labour output in 2013 owing to air pollution globally at $55.39 billion (2011 PPP-adjusted), or 0.84% of its GDP.>>

    Mint |  09 Sep 2016
    Now, 'Solar Impulse of the seas' readies to sail across globe

    A water-borne answer to the Solar Impulse - the plane that completed its round-the-globe trip using only solar energy in July - the 'Energy Observer' will be powered by the Sun, the wind and self-generated hydrogen when it sets sail in February. >>

    The Economic Times |  13 Sep 2016
  • India moves Paris agreement on climate change closer to reality

    India moved the historic Paris agreement on climate change closer to reality by announcing that New Delhi would ratify it and submit the document to the United Nations on Gandhi Jayanthi.>>

    The Economic Times |  27 Sep 2016
    Cabinet approves ratification of Paris agreement on climate change

    The cabinet approved on Wednesday the ratification of the Paris agreement on climate change on 2 October, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. >>

    The Economic Times |  29 Sep 2016
  • Power demand falls, but installed solar capacity up

    Solar power installations in the country have reached 8,643MW, driven by four states crossing the 1gw solar installation mark on the back of the government constantly pushing renewable energy as part of its climate management policy.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 Oct 2016
    Done deal: Paris climate agreement to take effect in 30 days

    The landmark Paris agreement on climate change will enter into force in 30 days, after the number of countries ratifying the accord surpassed a key threshold on Wednesday. >>

    Hindustan Times |  06 Oct 2016
  • Renewable energy: India’s green push needs wind

    With higher installed capacity than solar, wind energy may hold the key to unlocking India’s renewable energy potential>>

    The Indian Express |  26 Oct 2016
    UDAY success to bring huge benefits for solar sector in India

    The Ministry of Power’s Ujjwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY), a financial and operational reform scheme for distribution companies (discoms), will bring several important benefits for the solar sector. >>

    The Economic Times |  24 Oct 2016
  • India and US launch $ 95 million clean energy projects under OPIC financing

    The US announced two financial projects worth USD 95 million in India to bring more energy-efficient appliances to rural sector, as part of its efforts to continue the global transition to zero-and-low carbon energy sources.>>

    The Economic Times |  15 Nov 2016
    No child’s play: Breathing in Delhi taking a toll on our kids’ future

    Inactivity in the face of crippling air quality is not just choking our lungs but also compromising our future.Pollution directly affects children’s cardiovascular system and can attack the nervous system at an early age, experts say. >>

    Hindustan Times |  30 Nov 2016
  • 2016: A year of transition from talk to action on climate change

    And in a year set to notch up a new heat record, stoked partly by the El Niño phenomenon, governments stepped up concrete measures to protect their people from climate and weather extremes.>>

    The Indian Express |  22 Dec 2016
    World's largest LED street light replacement project launched in Delhi

    Union Power Minister launched the "world's largest" LED street light replacement project completed by SDMC in south Delhi wherein two lakh conventional street lights have been replaced with energy efficient LEDs. >>

    The Economic Times |  10 Jan 2017
  • 2016 hottest year, scientists blame it on human-caused climate change

    World temperatures hit a record high for the third year in a row in 2016, creeping closer to a ceiling set for global warming with extremes including unprecedented heat in India and ice melt in the Arctic, U.S. government agencies have said.>>

    Business Standrad |  19 Jan 2017
    India’s inputs to be featured in IPCC report

    The next report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) due in 2018 will carry India’s inputs on climate change assessment generated by an indigenous modelling system. >>

    The Hindu |  21 Jan 2017
  • Climate change plan to get new missions

    India’s eight-point plan to fight climate change will soon become a 11-point plan with new missions to address the impact of climate change on health, coastal zones and waste-to-energy on the anvil, senior officials in the Environment Ministry said.>>

    The Hindu |  25 Jan 2017
    Budget 2017 gives big boost to renewable energy with duty reductions, new capacity

    The Budget has given a boost to renewable energy, announcing another 20,000 mw of solar park development in phase II and a slew of duty reductions on components for fuel cell-based power generating and biogas systems, as well as wind energy equipment. >>

    The Economic Times |  02 Feb 2017
  • India has agreed to freeze production of Hydrofluorocarbons in 2028: Govt

    Aiming to curb global warming and facilitate enough carbon space for growth of domestic industry and the economy, India has agreed to freeze production and consumption of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in 2028 and start reducing it from 2032 onward.>>

    The Economic Times |  06 Feb 2017
    There's one simple thing India can do to check pollution

    Currently, in India, we have a pollution under control (PUC) programme for inspection of vehicles plying on roads. Vehicles are tested for pollutants like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and the density of the soot emitted from the tailpipe. >>

    DailyO |  06 Feb 2017
  • In race to clean energy, emerging nations seize bigger role - World Bank

    A range of developing countries have emerged as leaders in a global race to switch to sustainable energy by 2030, by boosting their policies to help improve people's access to reliable, affordable and clean power, the World Bank said.>>

    The Economic Times |  15 Feb 2017
    Government Plans Push For Large-Scale Adoption Of Electric Vehicles In India

    The government will brainstorm on Thursday on how best it can be able to push large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in the country, ahead of the roll-out of FAME India - the national mission on electric mobility. >>

    NDTV |  22 Feb 2017
  • 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.>>

    The Economic Times |  23 Feb 2017
    Move people, not cars: The green way forward

    India’s fast-paced growth is accompanied by an equally rapid expansion of urban areas. However, what overtakes the urbanisation is the increase in the concentration of population in the existing urban areas. >>

    The Indian Economist |  28 Feb 2017
  • Railways plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 cr in 10 yrs: Suresh Prabhu

    Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today said his Ministry has drawn up an action plan to save energy worth Rs 41,000 crore over the next ten years.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 Mar 2017
    India's solar capacity grows over 3 folds to 10,000 Megawatt in three years

    India's solar power generation capacity has crossed 10,000 megawatt (MW), a more than three-time jump in less than three years as government pushes for renewable energy sources to meet galloping demand. >>

    The Economic Times |  12 Mar 2017
  • Electrification drive: REC averages 30,000 new connections per week

    India is in electrification overdrive, with about 30,000 new electricity connections being granted every week. State-run Rural Electrification Corporation is targeting to scale up the drive to grant 100,000 connections every week. India has never seen electrification at such large scale earlier, and neither have details been made available on electrification at household level.>>

    The Economic Times |  21 Mar 2017
    Govt cuts 23 million tonne CO2 emission in a year by using LED bulbs

    The government has cut 23 million tonnes carbon dioxide emission by the use of energy efficient LED bulbs and has saved 28,588 million units of energy. >>

    The Economic Times |  21 Mar 2017
  • More extreme and unusual weather in 2017: UN weather agency

    The extreme weather patterns are continuing in 2017 with powerful Atlantic storms driving an influx of warm, moist air, says World Meteorological Organisation.>>

    Live Mint |  24 Mar 2017
    Use the power of the Air Act to fight pollution

    It is within our power to see that all Indians are able to breathe clean air. What is necessary is the political will to wield existing legal authority, and to pursue that aim with sufficient determination. >>

    Business Standard |  28 Mar 2017
  • India adds record wind power capacity of 5,400 MW in 2016-17

    India added a record wind power capacity of 5,400 MW in 2016-17, much more than the target of 4,000 MW it had set itself for the year, according to official data. India’s renewable energy programme has accelerated rapidly in the past three years, starting with successful auctions of solar energy projects.>>

    The Economic Times |  03 Apr 2017
    Record amount of renewables capacity added in 2016: UN

    The world added a record 138.5 gigawatts of renewable power capacity in 2016 despite a 23 percent drop in investment. The new energy -- mainly from wind and solar installations, but not including large hydro projects -- was up eight percent from the previous year, on global investment of USD 242 billion (227 billion euros). >>

    The Economic Times |  07 Apr 2017
  • India's solar power capacity crosses 12 GW

    India added 5,525 MW solar power generation capacity last fiscal, taking the total from this clean source to 12,288 MW. Among states, Andhra Pradesh tops the chart with largest cumulative solar generation capacity of 1,867 MW as on March 31, 2017 followed by Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu at 1,812 MW and 1,691 MW respectively.>>

    The Economic Times |  11 Apr 2017
    Energy efficiency 2.0

    Globally, governments are trying to ginger up today’s moribund carbon markets, by fixing floor prices for carbon and mandating purchase. On its part, the World Bank will soon start the ‘Transformative Carbon Asset Facility’, which will essentially pay for emission cuts. The 10 GW of saving achieved by India in 2016-17 is but just a pinch. A whole new industry is opening up. >>

    Business Line |  11 Apr 2017
  • Better Energy Management Electrifies the Corporate Agenda

    Forward-looking businesses are realizing huge cost savings by investing in energy efficiency measures and switching to renewable energy—as well as being able to make and meet ever more ambitious greenhouse gas commitments.>>

    BSR |  12 Apr 2017
    Pollution tapers solar yield by 25 per cent: Study

    India is making a big push for solar energy, with power capacity expected to double this year. But some of the gains, especially in north India, could be offset by a growing problem: air pollution. A new study, the first of its kind in India and one of a handful globally, has found that dust and particulate matter (PM) may be reducing the energy yield of solar power systems in north India by 17%-25 % annually. >>

    The Economic Times |  26 Apr 2017
  • If India meets renewables target, no more coal power needed till 2027

    Investing in renewables brings environmental benefits like reduced pollution while creating employment opportunities as well. Therefore, renewable energy has the potential to solve the energy trilemma of ensuring energy security, energy access and sustainability.>>

    The Economic Times |  29 Apr 2017
    Emission standards soon for Railways

    Indian Railways will soon come under emission standards, with the Engine Development Directorate of the Research Designs and Standards Organisation drawing up the draft norms for diesel locos. The emission burden from the transport sector as a whole has risen 3.5 times since 1990 to stand at 250 million tonne CO2, or 13.5 per cent of the total emissions in 2013. >>

    The Hindu Business Line |  02 May 2017
  • State discoms lower losses in FY16, improve cost coverage t

    Operational performance of state power distribution companies has improved with a decline in commercial losses of electricity and marginally better coverage of costs in fiscal 2016, a report by the Power Finance Corp (PFC) said.>>

    The Economic Times |  05 May 2017
    India's First Electric Cab Fleet To Be Launched In Nagpur This Month

    The first electric taxi fleet in the country is going to be launched in Nagpur from the 26th of May 2017. With India's pledge to go all electric by 2030, this is a good way to get things rolling. Nagpur will be the first city in the country to adopt electric cabs and the success of this project will determine its applicability in other cities. >>

    NDTV |  15 May 2017
  • The Wind Beneath India’s Renewable Energy Wings

    Already accounting for 9% of India's total installed energy capacity, wind power looks to add another 6GW this year, an unprecedented expansion that will help the country overshoot its Paris climate pact commitment.>>

    Huffington Post |  22 May 2017
    How Nagpur is driving India’s green public transport mission

    Electric vehicles for public transport is ‘one of the necessary ingredients of a smart city’, Nagpur being one of them. Under the newly inaugurated multi-modal electric vehicle project, 200 electric taxis and e-rickshaws will operate in Nagpur on Ola’s platform. A solar power charging station built by Ola was also unveiled. >>

    Live Mint |  31 May 2017
  • Solar panels, batteries may power lights and fans on 250 trains

    Indian Railways will install flexible solar panels and batteries to power fans and lights on 250 local trains, giving another boost to India’s rapidly growing renewable energy programme.>>

    The Economic Times |  06 Jun 2017
    Renewable Energy will reach 49 percent in India by 2040: Report

    As batteries and new sources of flexibility bolster the reach of renewables, the renewable energy will be reaching 49 percent in India, 55 percent in China, 74 percent penetration in Germany and 38 percent in the U.S. by 2040 anticipates newly released Bloomberg New Energy Finance's (BNEF) annual long-term analysis of the future of energy- 2017 New Energy Outlook (NEO). >>

    The Economic Times |  17 Jun 2017
  • India may become 2-4 degrees Celsius warmer, but heat deaths are preventable

    Scientists who studied India's 2015 heat wave that claimed 2,500 lives concluded that the region was likely to see intense heatwaves once in every 10 years, instead of once in every 100 years.>>

    The Economic Times |  22 Jun 2017
    Government announces 30 smart cities, Thiruvanathapuram tops list

    Another list of 30 cites for development as smart cities was announced recently taking the total cities picked up so far to 90 under the Smart City Mission. Kerala capital Thiruvanathapuram topped the list, Chhattisgarh's new capital Naya Raipur came second. >>

    The Economic Times |  23 Jun 2017
  • Climate change may lead to 2 billion refugees by 2100: Study

    One-fifth of the world's population - about two billion people - could become climate change refugees by the year 2100 due to rising ocean levels, a study warns.Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, researchers said.>>

    The Economic Times |  27 Jun 2017
    BMTC is on road to recovery as government waives Rs 120-cr Tax

    The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has been exempted from paying the motor vehicle tax this year by the state government. The transport utility shares 5.5% of its revenue with the state government towards motor vehicle tax, which puts the figure at around `120 crore a year. >>

    The Economic Times |  05 Jul 2017
  • India emerging as front-runner in fight against climate change: World Bank

    "With a sweeping commitment to solar power, innovative solutions and energy efficiency initiatives to supply its people with 24x7 electricity by 2030, India is emerging as a front runner in the global fight against climate change," the World Bank said in a news report recently.>>

    The Economic Times |  08 Jul 2017
    Indian Railways launches first solar-powered DEMU train

    Indian Railways today launched first solar-powered DEMU (diesel electrical multiple unit) train from the Safdarjung railway station in Delhi. The train is equipped with solar panel roofs. Solar power will help in maintaining the lights and fans inside the train. >>

    The Economic Times |  14 Jul 2017
  • Working backward, a way to find out where the carbon came from

    Based on carbon dioxide concentrations at a location and wind speed, scientists trace particles back to their sources to identify whether the country is an emitter or a carbon sink.>>

    The Indian Express |  24 Jul 2017
    Delhi Metro first to become 100 percent 'green'

    Delhi Metro has secured the platinum rating for adherence to green building norms for its 10 residential colonies from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC). It has become the only completely 'green' Metro system in the world for adhering to green building norms for its residential colonies. >>

    The Economic Times |  28 Jul 2017
  • There Could Be 300,000 Jobs For Indians In Solar, Wind Projects By 2022

    Over 300,000 Indians could find jobs in the wind and solar industry over the next five years if the country works towards its 2022 target of 160 GW. Currently, wind and solar together account for almost 14% of India’s installed power capacity. Over the next three years alone, the sector can generate jobs for about 80,000 Indians.>>

    IndiaSpend |  04 Aug 2017
    India ratifies second commitment period of Kyoto Protocol

    India has ratified the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol that commits countries to contain the emission of greenhouse gases, reaffirming its stand on climate action. With this, the country has become the 80th country to accept the amendment relating to the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, the international emissions reduction treaty. >>

    The Economic Times |  09 Aug 2017
  • India may become 1st nation using LED for all lights by 2019

    Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that India will probably be the first country in the world to use LEDs for all lighting needs by 2019, which would help the nation save over Rs 40,000 crore a year.>>

    The Economic Times |  16 Aug 2017
    Street lighting programme lights up 50,000 km of roads with 3 million LEDs

    The Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) has led to the illumination of 50,000 km of Indian roads with installation of 30 lakh LED street lights across the country. The installation of 30 lakh LED street lights has resulted in 39 crore kwh of annual energy savings. >>

    The Economic Times |  20 Aug 2017
  • Combating air pollution: Delhi-NCR may get common air quality index

    The National Capital Region, often claimed to be the one of the worst polluted zones in the world, would soon get a common Air Quality Index (AQI), which would give a more accurate picture of the air quality.>>

    Hindustan Times |  03 Sep 2017
    Development must be climate-smart

    As the frequency of extreme weather events increases, urbanisation has to heed ecological principles. Development needs to be climate-smart, but also avoid social and institutional challenges such as moral hazard. >>

    The Hindu |  07 Sep 2017
  • NGT refuses to lift ban on 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR

    The National Green Tribunal has dismissed the Union government’s plea asking for modification in its order banning 10-year-old diesel vehicles in Delhi-NCR. The green court has noted that emission from diesel vehicles is carcinogenic in nature and one diesel vehicle causes pollution equivalent to 24 petrol vehicles or otherwise 40 CNG vehicles.>>

    Hindustan Times |  14 Sep 2017
    India records highest-ever renewable energy generation

    India generated 10.2 Billion Units (BUs) of electricity in June from green energy sources including solar, wind, biomass and small hydro -- 26 per cent more than 8.1 BUs of renewable energy generated in the same month last year and 17 per cent more than 8.6 Bus generated in the previous month (May 2017), research and ratings agency India Ratings has said in a report. >>

    The Economic Times |  19 Sep 2017
  • The importance of data in smart cities

    Data sources are everywhere around us, ranging from smart phones and computers, to Global Positioning System (GPS) and social media sites. Effective analysis and utilization of this data is going to be a key factor for success in the smart cities initiative, by making the data available in one place through a framework that is clean, well labelled and allows better processing and consumption.>>

    Livemint |  25 Sep 2017
    India among the worst affected by climate change: IMF study

    A study on the impact of climate change by the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, shows countries in the tropics will be the worst affected as a result of global warming. A one degree rise in temperature can cause India’s per capita output to fall by 1.33 percentage points. >>

    Livemint |  02 Oct 2017
  • Firecrackers Won't Be Sold This Diwali In Delhi, Supreme Court Ban Till November 1

    It will be a less boisterous but - as is widely hoped - a cleaner Diwali in Delhi and its neighbourhood this year with the Supreme Court today banning the sale of firecrackers till November 1, saying it wants to assess the impact on the air quality.>>

    NDTV |  09 Oct 2017

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