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CATEGORY : Resource Efficiency

  • Green energy and just transition

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Coal-rich states in the country can take a cue from Odisha’s new renewable energy policy, which is geared to ensure a just energy transition for the state. By Nikunja B Dhal and Chandra Bhushan Odisha has been playing a central role in meeting the country’s growing energy needs. The state [...]

  • A coal economy to a green economy

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Just energy transition’ must Shape net-zero pathways for fossil-fuel-dependent districts. In the last 18 months, several modelling studies have been published on the costs and benefits of net zero emissions in India. A few days back, another modelling study was published, which projected that India will require an economy-wide investment [...]

  • Energy transition and Just Transition must go hand in hand

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    The writing is on the wall. A few days back, Coal India Limited (CIL), the world’s biggest coal producer and India’s largest CO2 emitter, announced its plans to become a ‘net-zero energy company’ by 2023-24. The company plans to install 3,000 MW of solar power to meet all its electricity [...]

  • Rebuilding a sustainable economy post COVID-19

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    The global economy is in recession, and it is predicted to be more destructive than the Great Depression of 1929 and the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2007. India too has been hit hard – tens of millions have lost their jobs, and the economy is projected to shrink by [...]

  • Here why energy sector embrace technological disruptions and use them as an opportunity

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Competition from Solar-plus-battery-Storage power seems set to challenge the viability of coal/gas-based power, and in the long run, of distribution companies (discoms).

  • The real mainstream: Hydrogen or electric vehicles?

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Currently, both electricity and hydrogen are produced from fossil fuels. Most hydrogen is produced by natural gas, while power is produced by burning coal and natural gas. Studies done in India indicate that with the current fuel mix, HVs have a slightly lower efficiency than EVs.

  • The truth about air pollution in Delhi

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Contrary to the claims made by the Delhi government, air pollution in the city has deteriorated significantly since 2012

  • Thermal power industry is brazening out meeting new emission norms

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Coal-fired Plants are brazening out meeting the new emission norms in the hope of another extension, courtesy confusion among govt authorities.

  • Water management: Here’s how most cities in India can meet domestic needs

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Singapore is the world’s foremost city in rainwater harvesting. It gets abundant rainfall, about 2400 mm/year, but has very small landmass to harvest rainwater.

  • How India can end energy poverty by 2040

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    What would be the energy scenario in India in, say, 25 years from now? This is an important political enquiry as the path we choose would have a pivotal role in determining the country’s economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability. But, before gazing into the crystal ball, let’s analyse [...]

  • Can the thermal power sector be trusted again?

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    In the heydays of ‘India Shining’ in 2003, the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) had experimented with an alternate model to control pollution from industries. The model was named ‘Corporate Responsibility for Environment Protection’, or CREP. It was based on the principle of voluntary compliance: instead of the government [...]

  • There is little evidence that permit system helps our forests

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    An amendment was made recently in the Indian Forest Act of 1927, to remove bamboo from the category of trees. With this minor modification, bamboo grown on agricultural land will not require a transit permit (TP), for felling and transportation, from the forest department. However, bamboo grown in the forest [...]