On a three day visit to India for the first time, the American President Barack H. Obama met the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New Delhi only to reaffirm shared values and increasing convergence of interests between the US and India. When the world's oldest democracy reaches out to expand and strengthen global strategic partnership with the world's largest democracy, it can only be a good thing for the world. The two leaders welcomed the completion of steps by the two governments for implementation of the India-U.S. civil nuclear agreement. They reiterated their commitment to build strong India-U.S. civil nuclear energy cooperation through the participation of the U.S. nuclear energy firms in India on the basis of mutually acceptable technical and commercial terms and ...
“Yahan par kya hai?" (Why do you want to get down here?), is how the auto rickshaw driver reacted when I asked him to drop me in the middle of the somewhat deserted Hailley Road near Connaught Place. "Baoli, a step well", I told him and he had to come out all the way up to the centuries old structure to believe me for real. Shocked and surprised at the marvelous sight amidst the concrete of CP, he returned to his auto though recovered quickly to take the entire fare that showed up on the meter! Agrasen Ki Baoli, one of the eco-spots of the Delhi Greens Urban Ecotourism Project, and a lesson from Delhi's environmental history is known to have this affect on people. We chose this site for a meeting requested by over a dozen french students, for an interactive session on energy and env
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) is a high level international forum that provides global leadership on energy efficiency by identifying and facilitating implementation of policies and programmes that yield high energy-efficiency gains. Founded in May 2009, IPEEC is a voluntary, ministerial level forum of developed and developing countries that represent the major economies of the world. IPEEC also aims to promote information exchange on best practices and facilitate initiatives to improve energy efficiency globally and has its secretariat is hosted at the International Energy Agency (IEA). An Executive Committee (with Japan as the current Chair and India as one of the Vice Chair) and a Policy Committee (with the US as the current C...
The Ministry of Power and the Bureau of Energy Efficiency is greening many beautiful minds in various schools across the country through its hunt for "India's Energy Efficiency Star" Painting Competition. Three children will be selected from each state to compete at the national level to win the title of India’s Energy Efficiency Star. The Ministry conducts this competition every year as part of the National Awareness Campaign on Energy Conservation. Reaching out to the young generation in such an innovative and wide scale manner is indeed a power packed campaign to save and conserve energy for our future. The painting competition is based on three selective themes viz. More stars, more savings Today’s energy wastage is tomorrow’s energy shortage Energy saved is future saved
Wantrapreneur, the Business Plan Competition for social entrepreneurs is an annual affair hosted by Villgro. Wantrapreneur is about identifying and recognizing innovative social enterprises that have the potential to transform rural lives. It is an amazing opportunity for all those who have a social enterprise that can change lives. The finalists get an opportunity to pitch their plans to social investors and win cash prizes. Wantrapreneur is now calling for entries under the following categories: Agriculture – Start up Agriculture – Early Growth Diary/ Energy/ Water – Start up Diary/ Energy / Water – Early Growth Who should participate: Indian citizens aged 18 years as on Oct 15, 2010 can participate who have a functioning start-up, in operation for at least 6
The Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) in collaboration with Bremen Overseas Research & Development Association (BORDA), Germany has been promoting environmental friendly Decentralised Renewable Energy Systems (DERES) for the past 20 years in the Western Himalayas. So far 57 Community-based Micro Hydro Power Units (CMHPU) have been installed by LEDeG in extreme and isolated mountainous regions. Micro Hydro Power has tremendous potential to solve the rural electrication problems in India in a decentralized manner. However, at present not many organizations in India have the capacity and necessary skills for implementation, installation and management of community based Micro Hydro Power Units. LEDeG, in collaboration with Consortium of DEWATS Dissemination (CDD) Socie
The two days solar training conducted by Tra International Ltd. at India Habitat Center and supported by Delhi Greens, concluded as a challenge for all those who attended the workshop. The training witnessed as many as 33 delegates from various industrial sectors, who came under one umbrella of concern, responsibility and the challenge to make a mark in solar business and entrepreneurship and lead the green energy market. Tra International Ltd., a growing solar energy consultancy firm, organized its 3rd workshop this year on solar energy to advocate the idea that investment in training for the right audience with the right content and delivery mechanism can be one of the single most significant factor in the success of a transition to Solar Technology. Day one started with a casua
“Solar energy is the energy source which is there forever and at no cost. I don’t understand why we look for anything else for energizing the world”, proclaimed Mr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, CEO of TRA International Ltd. while announcing the upcoming Solar Training program to be held in Delhi for two days. TRA International Ltd. works to advocate the idea that ‘investment in training for the right audience with the right content and delivery mechanism can be one of the single most significant factor in the success of Solar Technology adoption’. Supporting the initiative, Delhi Greens organisation has come on board as the event outreach partner. Talking about the collaboration, Govind Singh, Founder-Director of Delhi Greens said, "An energy policy based on decentralization is the only effic
The real challenge starts at the end. And the preparation that went in to come to such an end is indeed praiseworthy. Over hundred delegates turned up to face the challenge Delhi is in and took a stand against climate change. Harnessing the beautiful minds of the youth were prominent figures working on environmental issues across different fields in the city. The carbon map of Delhi highlighted for the first time in public by its author Dr. Chirashree Ghosh, Asst. Professor in Delhi University, raised the temperature of the summit on the first day. The youth got a guiding map on how the city suffers at the hand of the climate change causing agent ‘CO2’. The second day brought forth what many delegates termed as the most exciting part of the summit, an ‘open discussion’ regarding var
“I am here because I haven’t seen any stars in Delhi,” a simple statement from Parth Joshi, one of the delegates who attended Delhi Youth Summit on Climate, 2010, gave an in-depth meaning to the summit’s aim and objective. To be a ‘change’ in the context of utilizing existing awareness and knowledge on environmental issues of Delhi was the foundation, based on which the two days youth summit was conducted. Another delegate, Nishant Bhaskar, Asst. Manager with Maruti Suzuki, shared his general interest on environmental issue. He said, “I am here because of personal reason. I am really passionate about the green cause. In fact, I dream of starting my own venture few years down the line. As of now, I want to understand what’s being done in Delhi to address the environmental problems. I