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Vodafone India switches off AC at towers to cut energy costs, and carbon emissions

According to reports,  Vodafone India is switching off the air-conditioning and improving ventilation at its telecom towers to cut energy consumption costs and carbon emission. The change, which is a work in progress, saves nearly a quarter of the energy consumed at each site, but comes with some capital expenditure to increase ventilation at these locations, a company spokesman said in an email. These are not specially designed base stations but have been in use for years. The discovery that they can ... Read More »

Indian government to float global tender to procure ethanol for fuel blending

According to reports, Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily on Sunday said the Prime Minister-headed Cabinet Committee on Investments would take up 31 oil and gas blocks stuck for clearances in ‘two-weeks.’ Moily said the Government was looking to float a global tender to procure ethanol for blending with auto fuel. According to the nodal Ministry, there is demand of around 100 crore litres. Half of it has been procured domestically. For the remaining volumes, a global tender is likely to be ... Read More »

MNRE asks telecom firms to turn 50000 towers to solar

According to reports, alarmed with environmental hazards and rising fuel imports, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) want telecom operators to turn at least 50,000 towers onto solar energy immediately. Speaking to CIOL, MNRE joint secretary Tarun Kapoor said that they have asked telecom firms to turn 50,000 telecom towers onto solar. The telcos, he said, are reluctant as capital investment, is apparently a key concern for them. Kapoor, however informed that a cost to turn a tower onto ... Read More »

Biofuel blend can save Rs 120 billion annually: Study

According to reports, blending bio-fuels to the extent of 10 per cent with petrol and 5 per cent with diesel can result in annual savings of between Rs 8,000 crore and Rs 12,000 crore, says a study jointly done by the Confederation of Indian Industry and consultants A T Kearney. The study-report, titled ‘Cost-effective green mobility’, released here today, however cautions that “a few challenges need to be overcome to achieve this’’. Some of these are making available sufficient bio-fuels, the ... Read More »

500 street lamps in Thiruvananthapuram to be replaced with LED

According to reports, when the Corporation is grappling with escalating power bills — they touched Rs.11 crore last year — some respite is on offer. While the civic body is yet to make a formal decision on the matter, a Centrally-funded project for installing 500 Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlamps in the city within three months is in the pipeline, sources have told The Hindu . Supported by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), the tenders were only recently floated by the State ... Read More »

Karnataka launches two projects to popularise use of biofuel

According to reports, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Wednesday launched two projects — Hombelaku and Hongirana — to decentralise biofuel extraction units and to offer biofuel products under one roof. The projects have been initiated by the Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board. Mr. Shettar said the BJP government had given utmost importance to biofuel by setting up the Biofuel Task Force in 2008, bringing out the Biofuel Policy in 2009 and setting up the Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board in 2010. ... Read More »

First carbon credits for Okhla plant

According to reports, South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s composting plant in Okhla has become the first to get carbon credits from United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in the country. The civic agency has been given an advance of Rs 25 lakh against net Carbon Emission Reduction (CER) earning from the plant. The plant was made operational in 2008 and since then close to two lakh tonnes of waste has been processed. Officials say the in near future the quantity of ... Read More »

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