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India Green News: Modi calls for huge investment in renewables, while Indian Industry backs energy efficient buildings.

Kristina Johnson

Posted February 28, 2014

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February 20th- February 27nd

India Green News is a selection of news highlights about environmental and energy issues in India


Renewable is the way forward for India’s energy security: Narendra Modi

Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh: Spelling out his energy security plans for India’s development, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi blamed the central government for mismanagement of the country’s natural resources.

“With the country having so much natural resources, India hasn’t progressed much in the 21st century,” Modi said on Wednesday at the inauguration of a solar power project in Neemuch.

Articulating his strategy for the energy sector, Modi said India should harness coal, gas, hydropower, solar energy, bio-mass and nuclear and wind power to bring about an “energy revolution” in the country.

India’s national action plan on climate change recommends that the country generate 10% of its power production from solar, wind, hydropower and other renewable sources by 2015, and 15% by 2020. India has an installed power generation capacity of 2,27,356.73 megawatt (MW), of which 12.4%, or 28,184.35MW, is renewable energy.

(Livemint, 2/26/2014)

CII feels Green Building Revolution, latest technologies and awareness key to make India energy surplus

Asserting that India can be an energy surplus state if Green Building Revolution is adopted, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday called for investment in renewable energy.

Addressing the Conference on Energy Management organized by the CII here today, Director General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency Ajay Mathur emphasized, "India can be energy surplus if we push in for a

Green Building Revolution, adopt latest energy saving technologies, invest in Renewable energy and run mass awareness campaigns about Hi tech energy-savvy products."

(The Business Standard, 2/25/2014)

Energy imports to quadruple by 2027 if policy, use don’t change

New Delhi: India’s energy imports will quadruple by 2027 from its 2012 level of `7 trillion if the country doesn’t put in place policies to moderate consumption and reduce dependence on overseas suppliers, according to a Web-based tool unveiled by the Planning Commission.

Projections by the statistical tool developed by the Plan panel show India’s energy demand will more than double by 2027.

“We currently import about 31% of our total primary energy requirement, and import dependence looks set to increase under any business-as-usual policy,” Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said in a note explaining the scenarios.

(LiveMint, 2/28/2014)

India Solar Cost Falls to New Low on Panel Prices, Competition

India’s solar power cost fell to a new low, edging closer to coal, as declining panel prices and increased competition drew offers to build plants from groups backed by BlackRock Inc. (BLK:US) and Electricite de France SA (EDF).

India, which uses competitive bidding to select companies offering to generate clean energy at the lowest cost, awarded 750 megawatts of permits on Feb. 21, half of that eligible to use imported equipment. The government also offered grants to offset project costs for the first time, helping attract bids for triple the capacity auctioned.

(Bloomberg News, 2/23/2014)

Climate Change

Legislation to control climate change begins to circle the globe

A global groundswell is rising from Beijing to Berlin, according to a new study Senate Democrats will release today that indicates nations are establishing domestic climate legislation at a rapid pace.

The analysis of 66 countries, including E.U. member states, accounting for the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions finds that 61 have passed climate and clean energy laws. All told, there are now more than 500 laws addressing climate change worldwide -- compared to less than 40 when the Kyoto Protocol, the world's first global warming treaty, went into effect nearly two decades ago.

(ClimateWire, 2/27/2014)

Environmental Health & Governance

Heat islands pose serious threat to Delhiites' health

NEW DELHI: Localized air pollution, posing an environmental and health challenge, has been linked to the presence of 'heat islands' in Delhi — pockets which are significantly warmer than their surroundings.

A study of these localized 'hot spots', compiled after a controversy over a Delhi versus Beijing pollution scare, revealed that vehicular congestion in conjunction with highly built-up areas is creating worrying levels of pollution, affecting a significant population.

(Times of India, 2/23/2014)

Civic body begins river pollution survey

PUNE: A fact-finding study on the pollution of the city's rivers and its impact on biodiversity is underway.

The newly formed biodiversity committee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) which met last week decided to take up the survey. Members of the committee include civic officials working on environmental issues and a few corporators. At present, the Mutha river's survey is being carried out.

"We have found that some residential complexes, educational and commercial establishments are directly releasing sewage into the river. Many residents are throwing garbage too. This is leading to severe contamination of the river's water," Sachin Dodke, chairman of the committee, told TOI.

(The Times of India, 2/27/2014)

Pollution Akin to Murder, Moily Says

BANGALORE: After livability and walkability, Indian cities will have to vie for a new ranking: the Air Quality Index (AQI) will soon rate metros on their pollution levels.

"Causing pollution is nothing short of attempt to murder or abetting murder. Stern action should be initiated. There should be zero-tolerance to pollution which is the biggest rakshasa (demon), much bigger and stronger than the ones mentioned in our scriptures. Death and agony because of pollution is 100 times more than that caused by two World Wars," said Moily, who also holds charge of environment and forests.

(Times of India, 2/23/2014)

For more news on the issues we care about, visit our India News archive or read our other International blogs.

This compilation of the India Green News was authored by Kristina Johnson.






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