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Merkel’s Air Travel Funds Green Power From India to China


According to reports, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s flights around the world helped fund a wind farm on a luxury hotel in India and a biogas plant run by a Chinese beer maker. Germany spent about 9.9 million euros ($13.3 million) from 2008 through 2012 to offset the greenhouse-gas emissions made by the air travel of members of the government and parliament, the government said in a reply to questions from the Green Party. The offsets paid for climate-protection projects around ... Read More »

Poor quality imports give India a bad experience of LED lamps


According to reports, LED technology is considered the way forward in lighting but low-cost and inferior-quality imported products are severely harming the segment, say industry players. India needs to urgently formalise product standards and boost local production to popularise the product, they say. “Customers have had a lot of bad experience because of poor Chinese imports. Industry players through ELCOMA (electric lamp and component manufacturers association) have been pushing for BIS standards for LED products. Earlier, CFLs took that route ... Read More »

Without solar panel, no nod to big building plan


According to reports, the state environment department has asked the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) to enforce ‘green norms’ at the time of sanctioning building plans of big housing projects. According to rules, realtors need to take a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), a wing of the state environment department, if the total area of construction exceeds 20,000sqm. Based on this NOC, the KMC buildings department issues the ‘sanctioned building plan’. Setting up solar panels ... Read More »

France says vast solar energy, urban development potential in Rajasthan


According to reports, there is a great potential to work with the Rajasthan government in renewable energy, especially solar energy, urban development and tourism sectors, France’s Special Representative for Economic Relations with India, Paul Hermelin said here today France’s companies should fully use Rajasthan’s infrastructures and grow their business, Hermelin, who is heading a 25 member business delegation from his country said during a high level meeting with state Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje here. “There is a great potential and ... Read More »

EESL plans to invest ₹1,000 crore in energy conservation


According to reports, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Government of India undertaking, has assured investments of ₹1,000 crore over two to three years in energy conservation initiatives by the Andhra Pradesh Government. The State Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who interacted with a three-member team of EESL, expressed satisfaction over the positive response to support energy conservation measures. The State Government plans to have a 24×7 hours of power supply to the household sector, a project that iss being ... Read More »

TERI and USGBC to promote green buildings in India


According to reports, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have entered into a strategic collaboration to accelerate the development of high performance buildings in India and Southeast Asia. Developing a sustainable approach to the built environment is not only a global issue, but also a major concern for developing countries. TERI’s Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) and USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have partnered to promote the best ... Read More »

NDMC draws up plan for rooftop power generation


According to reports, in line with its project to earn the tag of ‘solar city’ for the New Delhi area of the national capital, NDMC has now drawn up a detailed plan for rooftop solar energy generation. New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has identified 40 buildings in the area under its jurisdiction for installation of rooftop solar panels, its chairperson Jalaj Shrivastava has said. The buildings belong to the civic agency and range from NDMC schools, sub-stations, inquiry offices, hospitals, ... Read More »

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