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India Environmental News Compilation, April 23 - 30, 2012

Amrita Batra

Posted May 3, 2012 in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Climate

India to pump in Rs. 2 lakh crore in 12th Plan to save climate

“The fight against climate change will take a strategic jump in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-2017) with the government intending to plough in almost Rs 2 lakh crore through the various missions, the working group on climate of the 12th Five-Year Plan has said.
The report seeks setting up of a dedicated structure of governance to oversee the different programmes under the 12th Plan with such large funds to be invested. The agriculture mission under the National Action Plan on Climate Change alone is to spend upwards of Rs 1 lakh crore over five years to make the primary sector more resilient to inevitable changes in climate change.”

(The Times of India, 4/30/2012)

India seeks Kyoto type agreement after 2020

Giving European Union thumbs down, India has proposed that global climate treaty after 2020 should be similar to existing treaty Kyoto Protocol stipulating mandatory emission cuts for the developed world and voluntary mitigation action for the developing world. European Union after the Durban climate conference has claimed that the new climate treaty to be effective after 2020 should have emission reduction targets for all nations depending on the level of emission trajectory. India, which has opposed any binding emission cutes, has told United Nations that it would like the post 2020 arrangements to resemble the Kyoto type approach.”

(The Hindustan Times, 4/30/2012)

Need for government involvement with industry to bring down carbon emission: Gregory Barker, UK's MoS, Department of Energy

“Gregory Barker, UK's minister of state, department of energy and climate change, has stressed on the genuine need for strategic government involvement with industry to bring a substantial cut down of carbon emission by 2050. Every nation should learn from each other and embrace the best practices and technology garnered by the"Every nation should vow to contribute and maintain the Green Climate Fund as was decided in the International Climate Summit earlier this year. India is one of the forerunners to be affected by the man-made global warming; hence the successful implementation of such fiscal instruments is highly desirable.”

(The Hindustan Times, 4/23/2012)

 Energy

India sparks solar energy market: Report

“India's ambitious national solar programme has catalysed rapid growth in the solar market driving solar energy prices low and demonstrating how government policy can stimulate clean energy markets, according to a new report. In only two years, competitive bidding under India's National Solar Mission drove prices for grid-connected solar energy to nearly the price of electricity from fossil fuels, said the report released here Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW).”

(The Times of India, 4/26/2012)

Waiting for the Sun: Is the Sun the Answer to India’s Energy Problems

“On a salt plain near the border with Pakistan lies half a billion dollars’ worth of solar-energy kit paid for by firms from all over the world. A million panels stretch as far as the eye can see. Past a dishevelled brass band is a tent crammed with 5,000 people who cheer when Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, declares the solar park open: “I pray, sun god, that today Gujarat will show the way to the rest of the world for solar energy.” Despite the uncomfortable cult of personality around Mr Modi, Gujarat is an easy place to do business. And solar power would appear to be an obvious winner for India. The country has plenty of sun and flat, idle land. India is energy-hungry, but electricity supply is sporadic. Costly diesel generators are popular. Solar power could replace them.”

(The Economist, 4/27/2012)

Tata BP Solar CEO Resigns as Chinese Rivals Hurt Indian M

The chief executive officer of Tata BP Solar Ltd. resigned, exiting India's third-largest panel maker as the industry struggles to cope with oversupply from Chinese competitors that’s crushed prices.  K. Subramanya said in an e-mail that tomorrow will be his last day at the head of the solar company and that he hasn’t decided yet what he will do next. He didn’t provide a reason for his resignation.  Indian panel makers such as Tata BP, Indosolar Ltd. (ISLR) and Moser Baer India Ltd. (MBI) are struggling along with counterparts in the U.S. and Europe after lower-cost Chinese manufacturers boosted supply. Germany and Italy, the two biggest markets for the technology, have scaled back subsidies for renewable energy.

(Bloomberg News, 4/30/2012)

Areva Solar Builds Giant Solar Farm In India

“In a northwestern corner of India, rows of steel and glass are rising from the ground to form what will be one of the largest solar power plants in Asia. The 250-megawatt project is the first in India for Silicon Valley-based Areva Solar, which is benefiting from an aggressive plan by the Indian government to boost solar energy generation to help reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

(Forbes, 4/25/2012)

U.S.-India Energy Cooperation

Ministers Wrap Up Clean Energy Meeting

“Their work is not sexy and generates little controversy or media coverage, but a group of energy and environment ministers from 22 countries and the European Union is claiming substantial progress in spreading energy efficiency and more affordable energy around the globe.  The third session of the so-called Clean Energy Ministerial concluded on Thursday in London with agreements to share technology on energy-efficient appliances, to map the potential for solar and wind energy, to finance a competition to develop low-energy flat-screen televisions and to bring modern lighting to two million people in India by the end of 2015.”

(The New York Times, Green Blog, 4/27/2012)

India, US must pool their resources on energy and climate issues: Pachauri

“India and the US must pool in their resources to develop policies and solutions to address challenges being faced in the fields of climate change and clean energy, noted environmentalist and nobel laureate RK Pachauri has said. "It is imperative for India and the US to pool their resources, the skills, technological capabilities and innovativeness, to develop policies and solutions to the challenges of energy security," Pachauri, director general of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said in his address to the third India-US Energy Partnership Summit.”

(Zee News, 4/27/2012) 

India, U.S. Announce $125M Fund for Clean Energy Research

“India and the United States have announced a joint $125 million fund to carry out combined research in the field of clean energy. Three institutions each from India and the United States have been selected for the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center, which is part of the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy, announced during the November 2009 visit of President Barack Obama to India. While the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, University of Florida and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been selected from the United States, the three Indian institutions are the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad, and CEPT University-Ahmedabad.”

(Hindu Business Line, 4/16/2012)

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