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India Environmental News Compilation, May 8th- May 14th, 2012

Amrita Batra

Posted May 16, 2012 in Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Climate

Climate Change to Affect Forest Cover

“Climate Change is going to have an adverse impact on India’s forest cover as well as the wheat production in the future, a government report to the United Nations has said. In its second National Communication on Climate Change to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, India has painted a grim picture of the impact of climate change. Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan published the report Wednesday.”

(The Indian Express, 5/12/2012)

Share of Energy Sector in India's Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise

“India is burning more coal to fuel its growth. The result: Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the country's energy sector continued to rise, accounting for 71 per cent of the country's total emissions in 2007. It was 67 per cent in the year 2000 and 62 per cent in 1994. Combustion by fossil fuels formed over 90 per cent of the sector's emissions, with coal the dominating fuel, according to the Second National Communication report submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat on GHG inventory and released here Wednesday.”

(The Hindu Business Line, 5/10/2012)

Delhi, World’s Second Biggest City After Tokyo

“In the run-up to next month’s Rio+20 sustainable development conference in Brazil, the UN Asia-Pacific Human Development Report takes a hard look at how an extremely dynamic region can build rural resilience and create cities that can adapt to climate change. The study also determined that 'in terms of total population', the largest city by 2020 is likely to be Tokyo with 37 million people, followed by New Delhi with 26 million.”

(The Asian Age, 5/10/2012)

Energy

Solar Side Up

“Solar industry needs a policy push with greater transparency and thrust on manufacturing, says a report. In order to capitalise on the groundwork done for creation of a successful solar market through the launch of the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission, a recent report has suggested that India now needs to adopt greater transparency, benchmarking and monitoring, strategic approaches to finance and technology neutral policies for manufacturing to take the renewable mission forward. According to an independent report published by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), it has been found that India's solar industry is at a crucial stage of its growth and needs strategic nurturing.”

(The Hindu, 5/13/2012)

Welspun Group, Alpha Lead Bidders in Indian State Solar Auction

“Welspun (WLCO) Group, India’s largest solar photovoltaic developer, and Alpha Infraprop Pvt. led with the lowest bids in an auction for 200 megawatts of solar capacity in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, a government official said. “We have to review the bids to see if they are realistic before we announce the winners,” Rajesh Mehta, chief general manager of Madhya Pradesh Power Management Co., the state-run agency overseeing the auction, said by telephone today. The results will be announced in about 15 days, he said.”

(Bloomberg News, 5/14/2012)

U.S., India Glimpse a Bright Future Together in Solar Power

“There are few places in the world where the opportunity for solar power is more blindingly obvious than India. There are also few industries where the possibility of collaboration between India and the United States is more tantalizing. But although India’s solar industry is finally taking off, enormous hurdles must be overcome before it can make a meaningful contribution to the country’s rapidly growing power needs, experts and business leaders say.”

(Washington Post, 5/10/2012)

New Tariff Order to Mandate Use of 2% Green Energy

“Alongside the revised domestic tariff for financial year 2012-13, Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) is all set to start the process for green energy. In the upcoming tariff order, the regulator is going to announce a 2% renewable energy obligation for Delhi discoms, a move which has already been delayed considerably and has many consumers worried about the costs involved.  It means that discoms will be obliged to procure a mandatory 2% power through renewable energy sources like sun, wind, geo-thermal, municipal waste, among others.”

(The Times of India, 5/14/2012)

U.S.-India Cooperation

Special US Envoy on Energy to Travel to India Next Week

“A top American diplomat on energy issues would travel to India next week to discuss several broad themes, including emerging trends in the global energy economy and helping India address its challenges in the energy sector. In his first trip to India in this capacity, the Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Carlos Pascual will travel to Delhi and Mumbai, from May 14 to 17 to meet with Indian officials, energy industry experts, and members of civil society.”

(The Times of India, 5/11/2012)

IICT Part of Indo-US Plan to Study Biofuels

“The city-based Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT) has been selected to be a part of a three-member consortia to conduct research in advanced biofuels and solar energy. The purpose: to reduce our heavy reliance on fossil fuels. This Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research Centre is a result of the Manmohan Singh-Barack Obama meet on ‘US India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy’ in November 2011. The ministry of science and technology has announced that three consortia will receive a grant of 125 crore from the Indian government over the next five years.”

(The Deccan Chronicle, 5/9/2012)

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