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India Environmental News Compilation, June 18th - June 24th, 2012

Amrita Batra

Posted June 28, 2012 in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Rio +20 Earth Summit/Climate

Jayanthi Natrajan Happy at India’s Success at Rio +20 Summit

“Buoyed by New Delhi's success at the Rio+20 summit, Union environment and forests minister Jayanthi Natarajan summed up the mood in the Indian camp at Rio de Janeiro, "One significant development has been the restoration of the centrality of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) in the environmental discourse."

(The Times of India, 6/22/2012)

India Making all Efforts to Reduce Carbon Emissions Intensity

“India today said it is making all efforts to reduce the country's carbon emissions intensity of GDP by 20 to 25 per cent between 2005 and 2020 as part of proactive actions to combat global warming. “In India, our efforts over the last two decades have yielded positive results. Over the period 1994-2007, our emissions-GDP intensity, excluding agriculture, has declined nearly 25 per cent,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in his address during the plenary session of the Rio+20 summit here.”

(The Economic Times, 6/22/2012)

4-Word Principle India’s Big Green Victory at Rio

“New Delhi sees its greatest success at the Rio + 20 summit to be the embedding of an obscure four-word principle throughout the final outcome document. This principle, “common but differentiated responsibilities,” (CBDR) say Indian officials, will be the country’s principal negotiating weapon in the years to come. “One significant development has been the restoration of the centrality of the principle of CBDR in the environmental discourse,” said environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.”

(The Hindustan Times, 6/21/2012)

Energy

Relief in Every Window, but Global Worry Too

“It is cheaper than a car, and arguably more life-changing in steamy regions, where cooling can make it easier for a child to study or a worker to sleep. But as air-conditioners sprout from windows and storefronts across the world, scientists are becoming increasingly alarmed about the impact of the gases on which they run. All are potent agents of global warming. Air-conditioning sales are growing 20 percent a year in China and India, as middle classes grow, units become more affordable and temperatures rise with climate change. The potential cooling demands of upwardly mobile Mumbai, India, alone have been estimated to be a quarter of those of the United States.”

(The New York Times, 6/20/2012)

Power Finance of India Says Lending Rising on Renewables Growth

“Power Finance Corp. (POWF), India’s largest state lender to electricity utilities, said a renewable-energy boom will support growth in loans as the country seeks to double clean-power capacity by 2017. Loan disbursal at Power Finance increased 31 percent in the year through March, compared with a 25 percent gain the previous year, Chairman Satnam Singh said in an interview in London. The lender expects to maintain that pace as growth in renewable energy counters a decline in coal-power projects. India, reliant on coal for most of its electricity output, has spurred development of its solar, wind and hydropower industries by offering federal and state incentives.”

(Bloomberg News, 6/20/2012)

TVS to Make Vehicles Energy Efficient

“Two-wheeler major TVS is planning to come out with a slew of technologies that can make its vehicles more cost efficient. Grappling with issues of fuel economy at an affordable price, TVS has incorporated engine and transmission efficiencies and energy conservation related technologies. This means, on an average, two-wheelers, which at present get a mileage of 40 km to a litre will see their mileage go up by about 20 per cent.”

(The Hindu Business Line, 6/22/2012)

Environmental Governance and Compliance

India Seeks $30m World Bank Loan for Wildlife

“The environment ministry’s bid to seek US $ 30 million from the World Bank to checking poaching in around 600 national parks and sanctuaries could mean making India’s wildlife laws compliant with the bank’s norms. The Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the proposed project circulated by the ministry speaks about the need to review relevant environmental and land acquisition legislation comply with World Bank’s environmental and social safeguard policies.

(The Hindustan Times, 6/21/2012)

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