Auto industry veteran V. Sumantran said the country needed a more cohesive policy than ‘Make in India’ in its push towards electrification of vehicles and to compete with China. “In the push towards electric vehicles, most automakers are outsourcing critical systems like motors and battery packs. They will only manage their brand, interior and user experience. India will do well to keep that part of supply chain within the country,” he said. Dr.
Tata Motors aims to establish itself as the leader in the electric vehicle (EV) market in the country as it looks to roll out new products for both private and fleet segments, a senior company official said. The company, which sells its Tigor EV primarily to fleet customers, is now gearing up to cater to the personal segment with the introduction of the electric version of compact SUV Nexon which comes with a range of over 300 kms. "As far as Tata Motors is concerned, we want to establish ourselves as leaders in the EV space.
Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Saturday said its coal producing subsidiaries follow environmental and sustainable standards but there could be "some stray cases" of lapses. The miner's comment came after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, in a report, said that six, out of seven coal producing subsidiaries of CIL, did not formulate environmental policies as mandated by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Most of the greenhouse-gas emissions in the world’s tropical countries derive from environmental destruction, and according to a new report, those emissions could be reversed relatively easily and cheaply through improved stewardship. But natural climate solutions are underemphasized in Paris Agreement pledges and funding mechanisms, according to the authors of “National Mitigation Potential from Natural Climate Solutions in the Tropics,” which appears today in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.
The state government is planning to set up a mega solar power project with an installed capacity of 10,000 MW in order to meet the increasing demand for power and to supply free, uninterrupted power to the agricultural sector. Addressing employees of the energy department after Republic Day celebrations here on Sunday, energy secretary Nagulapalli Srikant said that the project will ensure an abundant supply of power to the agricultural sector.
At a time when India is looking to fight the global financial slowdown and surge ahead by adding trillions to its gross domestic product (GDP), the power sector in the country seems to be facing its own problems. According to members of The Economic Times India Leadership Council, the country has overlooked solving the current issues of power generation and distribution, and has rather concentrated on deploying a plan to create capabilities in generating power from renewable sources.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy's new proposal for developers to blend renewable and thermal power may not find many takers, according to renewable energy consultancy firm, Bridge To India. “We suspect that because of limited number of potential bidders, the scheme would not attract very competitive bids and may therefore not be cost attractive for discoms,” it said in its weekly report on the industry. The advantage of the proposal is that while renewable energy is irregular, varying according to the intensity of the sun or the speed of the wind, thermal power is not.
Manufacturers of appliances and consumer electronics are seeking lower taxes on eco-friendly and energy-efficient products, more incentives for domestic manufacturing and waiving of customs duty on inputs imported to make the components in the upcoming Union Budget. The Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association (CEAMA) has urged the government to offer incentives for manufacturers to produce energy-efficient products which will be in line with the government's focus on sustainability in a pre-budget memorandum.
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