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Infosys Launches Household Biogas Digester Project

Infosys Launches Household Biogas Digester Project

Corporate Greening, National
Household air pollution from traditional modes of cooking in rural India claims close to a million deaths every year. Biogas, generated from cow dung, is considered a form of renewable energy and offers a clean and smokeless cooking solution to rural households. With this as the backdrop, Infosys today announced the launch of a household biogas project in Ramanagara district of Karnataka. Under the project, Infosys will build 7,620 household biogas units and provide an equal number of biogas stoves to as many families in the district The total spending on this project will be close to 22 crores on the project. Over a 10-year period, the project is expected to generate biogas equivalent to about 1 million cylinders of domestic LPG. SKG Sangha, a Karnataka-based NGO with exper...
Ingersoll Rand Issues Update On Its Global Climate Commitment

Ingersoll Rand Issues Update On Its Global Climate Commitment

Global
Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, recently announced key milestones towards its climate commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative. To date, the company's climate commitment has supported the avoidance of approximately 2 million metric tons of CO2 globally, which is equivalent to annual CO2 emissions from nearly 3,00,000 homes annual electricity use and more than 2.3 billion pounds of coal burned. By 2030, the company expects to reduce its carbon footprint by 50 million metric tons. Speaking on this achievement Didier Teirlinck, executive vice president of the Ingersoll Rand climate segment noted, "We are pleased with the progress we have made toward our climate commitment including demonstrating a high level of trans...
Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join Voluntary GHG Reporting Programme in India

Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join Voluntary GHG Reporting Programme in India

Corporate Greening
Ford: Going Green with Every Launch The Ford Motor Company took yet another major step towards helping stabilize global carbon dioxide emissions by becoming the first automaker to join a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting programme recently established in India. The company already participates in similar programs in the United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Becoming the first automaker participant in the India programme on voluntary GHG emission reporting is a step further in establishing  Ford’s leadership corporate sustainability in the country. Ford has set a goal for itself to reduce CO2 emissions from its global facilities, including two in Chennai, by 30 percent per vehicle by 2025. The voluntary reporting of GHG will provide an overall transparency

Monday Feature: Green News and Media Roundup for Week 14, 2012

Green Alert
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 14 (starting April 2, 2012) 2012. 1. Centre seeks Mangar report The Centre has asked the Haryana government to furnish details on the status of protecting Mangar forest cover on the Gurgaon-Faridabad border. 2. Now, consumers junk Centre for Science and Environment report Fast-food chains McDonald's and KFC, and packaged food brands like Lay's chips and Maggi noodles reported normal sales this weekend, despite a study on Friday alleging high levels of trans-fat, sugar and salts in their food on Friday. 3. India: Equity formula must for green targets India will not agree to any greenhouse gas emission reduction targets without an equitable regime, the government has decided. 4. Choke on burn...
International Ozone Day 2011 Presents A Unique Opportunity for HCFC Phase-Out

International Ozone Day 2011 Presents A Unique Opportunity for HCFC Phase-Out

Articles
Monitoring of Antarctic ozone hole by Global Ozone Monitoring Instrument since 1995 September 16 is declared as the International Ozone Day (International Day for the Preservation of Ozone layer) by the United Nations and is celebrated across the planet as a day for generating awareness on the delicate ozone layer that surrounds the Earth and protects us from harmful solar radiations. Ozone, a triatomic molecule consisting of three Oxygen molecules is a pollutant in the lower atmosphere ("bad ozone") and poses health and environmental risks. However, ozone in the upper atmosphere is critical to our existence ("good ozone") as it prevents potentially damaging electromagnetic radiation from reaching the Earth's surface. The standard way to express total ozone levels (the amount of ozo...
New Delhi International Conference on Cities & Climate Change

New Delhi International Conference on Cities & Climate Change

Events
Cities cover less than 1% of the planet’s surface, and are home to around 50% of the world’s population, and many of them see a rapid growth trend. Taken together, all cities and urban areas worldwide use 75% of the world’s energy and are responsible for 75% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Cities have traditionally been the places where many of the solutions to the world’s problems have been developed, making all cities potential leaders in the global effort for a low carbon future. Asia is arguably among the regions of the world most vulnerable to climate change. Climate change and climatic variability have and will continue to impact all sectors, from national and economic security to human health, food production, infrastructure, water availability and ecosystems. Delhi
Jairam Ramesh Advocates Three Task Approach for Tackling Climate Change

Jairam Ramesh Advocates Three Task Approach for Tackling Climate Change

Green Alert
“We should carry three tasks namely mandatory fuel economic standard, improvement in quality of fuel and fiscal policy regime. The immediate task ahead at us is to have Mandatory Fuel Economic Standards.", announced Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests (I/C) in his inaugural speech at a workshop on ‘Promoting Low-carbon Transport in India’ in New Delhi today. Referring to improvement in quality of fuel, the Minister said that substantial work has been done in this area. He also informed how quality of fuel is critically linked to mandatory standards and that large improvements are required in fuel quality. At the workshop, Mr. Ramesh also informed that the Mandatory Fuel Economy Standards have been finalised and will be notified under the Energy conservation
Vegetarianism: Eating Right to Save the Planet

Vegetarianism: Eating Right to Save the Planet

Articles
Demonstration advocating vegetarian diet to prevent climate change outside the Bella Center, Copenhagen during COP15 There has always been mountains of evidence to prove that a vegetarian diet is a healthy natural diet of humans. And now there is yet another compelling reason to GO VEG: To Save the Planet. All of us these days have access to information over the internet, and we all know how to also find the reliable facts amidst all that goes on online. I googled to educate myself on the pros and cons of the choice of our diet and am presenting some of what I found in this article. But before we go on to the statistics I want you to imagine a rabbit, a beautiful furry white one on a table, would you really want to pounce on it, tear its flesh and eat it? Have you ever pondered ...
Get Set to Bring the Change: Countdown to CoP 16 Begins

Get Set to Bring the Change: Countdown to CoP 16 Begins

Articles, Events
Besides raising considerable awareness on the issue of climate change and ensuring it gets the due attention it deserves, the 15th Conference of the Parties (CoP) held last year in Copenhagen ended in dismay and brought no real good news to environmental and social activists across the globe. This year, the 16th CoP is set to be held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10. Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, announced in very clear manner, the objectives and expectations from COP 16, "Let me be clear - there is no magic bullet, no one climate agreement that will solve everything right now. To expect that is naive. However, I am certain the world can do this step by step, but only if we keep on walking firmly in the right direction, including at Canc...
DoE to Host Workshop for Eco-Club Schools on Ozone Day

DoE to Host Workshop for Eco-Club Schools on Ozone Day

Events
L-R: Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dixit, Environment Secretary, GNCT Mr. Dharmender and Director, Environment, GNCT Dr. Anil Kumar during the Ozone Day Celebrations in 2009 The Department of Environment (DoE), Govt. of NCT of Delhi will be observing the 16th of September, 2010 as the World Ozone Day with various activities. A workshop on the subject is proposed to be held in the Auditorium of the Delhi Secretariat at IP Estate. All Eco-club in-charges are invited to attend and participate in the workshop along with two students from each Eco-club school. All participating schools should confirm their participation to Dr. B.C. Sabata, SSO, DoE, Delhi Govt. at 9717593506. The theme for the World Ozone Day 2010 is "Ozone layer protection: governance and compliance at their best". ...

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