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India Climate Change and Energy News - Week of November 14 to November 20, 2010

Shravya Reddy

Posted November 26, 2010

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Climate Change

India can Lead the Way in Green Energy, Says Al Gore

“Pitching for greater eco-friendly initiatives, the former United States Vice-President, Al Gore, on Saturday said India can lead the way in adopting energy-efficient solutions for everyday needs and accelerate a shift to alternate fuels…. ‘India has a tremendous opportunity to lead the world in energy-efficient solutions and in effecting a rapid shift to use of alternative energy like wind and solar,’ Mr. Gore said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit…. Favouring the use of photovoltaic technology for converting solar energy into electric current, he said greater use of such devices would spur research in the field and help lower the cost.”

(The Hindu, 11/21/10)

Temperature Rise to Hit Water, Forest, Health, Agriculture: Report

“India's key sectors like water, forest, health and agriculture will be affected in a major way due to the increase in net temperature by 1.7- 2.2 degree Celsius in another 20 years in the four climate hotspots…. The ‘"Climate Change and India: a 4x4 assessment’ report, which was released today providing an assessment of impact of climate change in 2030, also predicts an increase in precipitation (rain, snow and storm) in the eco-fragile areas of the Himalayas, North-east, Western Ghats and the coastal region…. Prepared by India's Network for Climate Change Assessment (INCCA), the report says ‘the net increase in annual temperatures in 2030 with respect to 1970s would range between 1.7 degree Celsius to 2.2 degree Celsius with extreme temperature increasing by 1 to 40 degree Celsius with maximum increase in coastal regions.’”

(The Times of India, 11/16/10)

Impact of Carbon Aerosols on Rainfall to be Assessed 

“With carbon aerosols including black carbon caused by incomplete combustion being linked to global warming, the Environment Ministry will release a report next year in November assessing its impact on rainfall pattern, glaciers and public health…. ‘The Ministry proposes to bring out a third report to be prepared by Indian Network on Climate Change Assessment (INCCA) in November 2011 which will look at the impact assessment on India's carbon aerosol (black carbon) programme,’ Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said here…. Residues of combusted wood and dung, coal in cooking and heating stoves, the burning of coal and petroleum products in industrial and transportation sectors are leading sources of black carbon and experts have claimed to have identified it as one of the major reasons for global warming.”

(Zee News, 11/16/10)


Power Distribution Firms May Get to Encash Green Energy Initiatives

“Setting in motion the trade of renewable energy, the government has launched a certification process for the clean energy sector. This will help power distribution companies like Tata Power, Reliance Infrastructure and the Maharashtra government’s Mahavitaran to meet their renewable portfolio obligation (RPO) through purchase of certificates…. The National Load Dispatch Centre will issue the certificates after checking the availability of renewable power. The certificates will enable the producer and distributor to engage in trading within a specified band. The Electricity Act of 2003 mandates state distribution utilities to purchase electricity from renewable energy sources as a certain minimum percentage of the total consumption of power in the state…. With the launch of certification scheme, the government plans to promote clean power by allowing utilities from green energy-deficient states to buy renewable energy certificates to offset their lag.”

(Business Standard, 11/19/10)

New Fuel Efficiency Norms in the Works

“India is tweaking its fuel efficiency norms so that these are measured across different cars made by a company rather than a particular vehicle. Officials from the surface transport ministry and the power ministry’s bureau of energy efficiency said these changes would bring India’s fuel efficiency rules in line with norms prevalent in the US and European countries. Internationally these parameters are referred to as corporate average fuel efficiency standards…. The tweaking of norms comes on the back of rapid strides in fuel efficiency being made by various emerging countries and India does not want to lag behind…. Ajay Mathur director Bureau of Energy Efficiency told ET: ‘We are open to global norms on fuel efficiency and are working with industry to devise the best practices for the country based on local needs. The norms would be based on Indian requirement.’”

(The Economic Times, 11/16/10)

Railways to Go Green in Big Way

“The railways is going green in a big way. The state-run transporter has initiated a slew of ‘green initiatives’, including introduction of new generation electric and diesel locomotives, use of bio-diesel and procurement of minimum three-star rated products, which are all showing results in saving energy…. The department is also trying to harness wind energy and has commissioned a 10.5-MW wind mill at the Integral Coach Factory in Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.”

(The Times of India, 11/15/10)

30% Rise in CNG Vehicles in 2010

“Compressed natural gas-powered vehicles in India have increased 30 per cent over 2009 to 10.1 lakh in 2010, said Mr. David Aitken, Advisor, NGV India. The growth is commendable as CNG vehicles were totally absent seven years ago, he added. There has been increased awareness and greater environmental concerns among vehicle users on the imperatives of cleaner fuel…. GAIL estimates that CNG vehicle numbers would be around five million by 2015 while the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board has pegged it at close to 5.8 million by 2020…. Mr. Aitken said India has the fifth largest fleet of natural gas vehicles in the world, but importantly, holds the highest NGV growth potential with over 220 cities planned for CNG development.”

(The Hindu Business Line, 11/15/10)

ONGC to Invest Rs 500 Cr in Renewable Energy R&D

“Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), India’s largest state-run oil exploration company, will invest Rs 500 crore on research and development in the areas of non-conventional energy sources, a top official said…. ‘Achieving energy security for the country was a major challenge to sustain a high growth rate. India is having only 0.5 per cent of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves and it would be difficult to meet the growing energy demand unless alternative and renewable sources were tapped and utilised to minimise our dependency on non-renewable resources like fossil fuels,’ said ONGC Chairman and Managing Director R S Sharma…. Sharma said ONGC has also set up a 150 Mw wind power plant and the company’s board has recently approved setting up of another 100 Mw wind energy plant.”

(Business Standard, 11/19/10)

Environmental Compliance and Governance

It’s No-go for Ramesh in Cabinet

“Environment minister Jairam Ramesh may find himself isolated on go and no-go areas for coal mining, with the coal ministry getting overwhelming support for its proposal to restrict no-go areas to 10% of forestland. At least six central ministries, which submitted comments on the coal ministry’s note for the Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure, had termed Ramesh’s stand unjustified and an impediment to economic growth…. The environment ministry has given six reasons why the coal ministry’s proposal is not a good idea. It said accepting the proposal would have an adverse impact on forests and wildlife, ignoring the classification could result in judicial intervention, and would go against the spirit of forest conservation law open floodgates for similar requests from other ministries.”

(The Hindustan Times, 11/18/10)

(Prepared by Andy Gupta, Program Assistant)

Note: The linked articles and excerpts in this post are provided for informational purposes only and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the India Initiative or of the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

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AnkishNov 28 2010 10:27 AM

Gujarat will be leading all Indian states in renewable energy with the introduction to personal energy solutions for consumers and small business where they will generate their own electricity with microturbines and PV panels.

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