Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the inauguration of the Indian Pavilion at COP 24, at Katowice, Poland on 3 December, 2018. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet every year in a pre-defined host country to urge each other for combating climate change. Below is the full text of the speech delivered by the Environment Minister at COP 24. “Dear Friends! I welcome you all to COP 24 in the wonderful city of Katowice, Poland. I believe that we are at a critical juncture in our ongoing battle to save our planet from the threats of global warming and let me assure you that India is truly committed to winning this battle. I feel proud in affirming that India has made great strid
In the United Kingdom, it is clear that the Government is encouraging the acceleration towards being one of the world's most eco-friendly countries. To help it achieve its goal, UK has recently launched a document titled: Clean Growth Strategy to push the UK towards a lower-carbon future. Created by the country's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Clean Growth Strategy is a comprehensive account of how the United Kingdom will amend its everyday processes — both domestically and commercially — to hit its eco-friendly target. Here, we've brought together the essential points that show how the strategy's key features will change UK's homes and businesses. The Clean Growth Strategy: what does it mean for the UK? For several years, the UK has tried t
The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines Shri Piyush Goyal addressing at the release of the report Pathways to Integrate 175 Gigawatts of Renewable Energy into Indias Electric Grid- National Study in New Delhi on June 29, 2017. The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri P.K. Pujari and other dignitaries are also seen. The study, developed under the U.S.-India bilateral program “Greening the Grid”, confirms the technical and economic viability of integrating 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy into India’s power grid by 2022, and identifies future course of actions that are favorable for such integration. The Government of India in 2015 had set the ambitious target of adding 100 GW of solar energy and 60 GW of wind energy into the country’s energy mix
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval to issue fresh equity shares of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). What is IREDA? For those who do not know, IREDA is a Public Financial Institution. Since its inception, IREDA has played a pioneering role in supporting and facilitating the policies and program of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) that has nurtured the renewable energy industry in the country. Why Was it Needed? Government of India has scaled-up the renewable energy (RE) targets to 175 GW by the year 2022. To achieve this ambitious target, substantial investments in RE sector will be required. IREDA, being the premier institution for RE Sector, has to cater to the incr...
Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing a Press Conference after launching Surya Jyoti, a Photo-Voltaic Integrated Micro Solar Dome, which will change the way we look at electrification today (5 April, 2016). The Surya Jyoti Solar Dome stands to cost about Rs. 1,200/- and the Non Photo-Voltaic version stands to cost around Rs. 500/-. These cost figures are preliminary and are expected to reduce to Rs. 900/- and Rs. 400/- respectively. It is indeed a step close to making solar energy production a mass movement in India. According to the Government estimate, the potential users of this device are approximately 10 million households. If the technology is adopted by just these 10 million households, it has the potential of saving 1,750 m...
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar at the launch of a public campaign to promote the National Scheme on Fast Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME) on June 05, 2015. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2015, a rally of electric and hybrid vehicles of all categories was flagged off jointly by the Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Anant Geete and Minister of Environment & Forests Shri Prakash Javdekar from the India Gate lawns in New Delhi. The event was organized by Department of Heavy Industry with the sole objective of informing the public at large about the schemes of Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles (FAME India). The Scheme has been launched in order to protect the en
The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan 'stands by' Solar after dedicating the Automated Solar Photovoltaic Module Manufacturing Plant to the Nation at Central Electronic Ltd., in Sahibabad, Ghaziabad on June 03, 2015. The Minister of State for Science and Technology and Earth Science, Shri Y.S. Chowdary, the Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation (I/C), External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs, General (Retd.) V.K. Singh and other dignitaries are also seen. Dr. Harsh Vardhan express his interest and intent that solar energy production has to be turned into a mass movement in the country.
Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology, outsourcing and next-generation services has now become the first Indian company to join RE100 - a global platform for major companies committing to 100% renewable power! RE100 is a global initiative that celebrates and supports major companies committed to 100% renewable power across their operations. Its goal is that 100 of the world’s most influential businesses commit to 100% renewable power in the near future. As part of its commitment to RE100, Infosys aims to become carbon neutral by 2018. The company is already working to reduce its per capita electricity consumption by 50 per cent from its 2007-2008 levels and source all its electricity from renewable resources by 2018. Speaking about the announcement, Ramadas Kam
Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 5 (starting January 28, 2013) 2013. 1. We'll have to make provision for solar trash Travelling to several remote places in the last few months, I've been pleasantly surprised to see several active solar panels. Although the reports about their efficacy are mixed, solar energy is something to be optimistic about. The national solar mission is ramping up its efforts, pushing for increased solar energy infrastructure. 2. Forests, rocky areas to make up for lost greens? Future infrastructure projects — particularly the expansion of the Delhi Metro — may mean greater loss of green cover. Finding it difficult to part with non-forest land, the Delhi Development Authority has proposed compensatory pl
Union Power Minister, Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, among others, launching the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) Mechanism, a national level scheme to promote green energy A large part of India's renewable energy potential is concentrated in few states in the country and some of these states have already achieved comparatively high levels of renewable electricity purchase as share of their total electricity consumption. After having met their Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), these states are now mostly reluctant to buy energy from renewable sources after having met their RPO as mandated by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC). This is hampering the growth of the renewable sector in an upward manner since the electricity from renewable energy is at present more expensive ...