ADB supporting pilot Renewable Energy Plants in Bhutan

A pact to support $3 million grant from ADB administered Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) was signed with Bhutan to undertake a pilot project to explore the viability and sustainability of solar power projects in Bhutan.  Read more

84% of Businesses in Ireland are Green

Findings from new Green Business Sentiment Index reveal that 84% of the businesses in Ireland are environment friendly. 46% of the businesses consider expenses as the major hurdle in implementing sustainable measures to reduce their carbon footprints. Read more

Standards & Labeling Scheme for Electric Vehicles

Bureau of Energy Efficiency is tasked to form the Standards & Labeling Programme for the EV industry. According to BEE, Standardization of performance of batteries and DC Chargers is absolutely required, as India is heading towards 40 GWh of batteries storage.  Read more

Infosys becomes carbon neutral

Infosys, India’s second largest Software company declares itself as carbon neutral. Its Environmental Social and Governance vision for 2030 focuses on climate change, technology for good, diversity and inclusion, energizing local communities, ethics and transparency, data privacy and information management. Infosys mitigated the per capita energy demands by over 55%. Read more

Yankee Stadium achieved WELL Heath-Safety Rating

Yankee Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees is the world’s first sports and entertainment venue to earn WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. The Stadium earned the Rating on the basis of operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans and stakeholder education to address post COVID 19 situation. Read more

World’s first smart building assessment and rating program

The Spire Smart Building Program provides an assessment methodology for connected technologies within buildings helping owners and builders with benchmarks and roadmaps for informed decisions. The program consists of two key components: the online SPIRE Self-Assessment and a UL Verified Assessment and Rating. Read more

IEA confirms Electricity is at its cheapest price in history owing to Solar power schemes

In the recent report of World Energy Outlook 2020, IEA says the electricity generated due to solar power farms are the cheapest ever than electricity generated due to coal and gas in major countries. However, IEA further says achieving net-zero emissions will require “unprecedented” efforts from every part of the global economy, not just the power sector. Read more

Japan aims for Net Zero by 2050

Following the foot prints of China, Japanese News Agency announced that Japan is going to announce a net zero target across its economy by 2050. With the recent change in political leadership, drastic measures are expected to decarbonize the Japanese economy. Read more

Centre for Science and Environment advocates incentive mechanism for greener coal-based power plants

Center for Science and Environment has called for creating mechanism to incentivize coal based power plants which are complying to the pollution norms and penalizing those which do not comply to the same. The Organisation has conceptualized a plan name First Run which promotes and incentivizes greener power stations to run on priority, which would in turn encourage other coal based power plants to take measures to comply to local pollution norms.  Read more

EECA, NZ concerned over water heaters failing energy efficiency Check-Testing

Energy Efficiency and Confederation Authority (EECA), New Zealand is disappointed and concerned over many hot water cylinders failing the energy efficiency check testing and not meeting the manufacturer’s energy efficiency claims. Around 60,000 hot water cylinders are sold per annum. “This issue is important because hot water makes up about 30% amount of the average energy bill – about $600 a year. Failure to meet Standards is costing each household up to $1,240 over the life of the cylinder (about 20 years) at current energy prices” Read more

UN says Mandatory Building Energy Code necessary by 2030

UNEP and IEA have stated that the building sector in India are likely not to meet the target as per Paris Agreement 2015 nor UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).Globally, the building sector’s energy demand and green house gas emissions rose by 7% since 2010. De-carbonization of building sector calls for efficient regulatory tool and driving force to increase the energy performance of building which can only be achieved by mandating building energy efficiency codes. Read more

India Energy Residential Survey (IRES) states 88% LED bulb penetration in India

India Energy Residential Survey (IRES) is a study conducted by Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) in collaboration with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) which surveyed 15000 households across 21 states. Affordable government schemes for LED led to the 88% led bulb penetration and energy efficiency in Indian households, however 25% of the households knew about Star Labeling scheme of Bureau of Energy Efficiency. Read more

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