In 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had noted that the single greatest impact of climate change will be on human migration. Three decades later, a study has revealed that in 2018, of the new 28 million internally displaced people in 148 countries, 61 per cent were due to disasters. In comparison, 39 per cent were displaced due to conﬂict and violence. Experts believe that by 2050, more than 200 million people will be forced to flee their homes. These statistics feature in a series of articles on migration in the latest State of India’s Environment 2020 report.
According to a new report, India’s solar and wind generation capacity has been predicted to reach 135 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2024 up from the 77 GW capacity it had reached at the end of 2019. “Notwithstanding the various operational and financial challenges and growing risk aversion, we expect the record low solar tariff level to be breached in the next one to two years,” said renewable energy consultancy Bridge to India. in its report titled ‘India renewables outlook 2024’.
The government is set to privatise Central Electronics Ltd, a CPSE under the Department of Science and Technology, by selling its 100 per cent stake with management control and has invited the Expression of Interest for the same by March 16. The selected bidder will be required to lock in its shares for a period of three years during which it cannot undertake the sale of its stake in CEL, the PIM (Preliminary Information Memorandum) said.
Going back on its previous directions, the Union ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) has now allowed the Okhla waste-to-energy plant to increase its power generation from 16 MW to 23 MW by amending the environmental clearance the plant had received in 2007.
The West Bengal government has decided to switch to "lease model" for procuring new electric buses to overcome high initial capital expenditure, a senior official of the state Transport department said. Under leasing or an opex model the bus would be operated by the state Transport department and ticketing responsibility will stay with them and would pay the rental based on per kilometre basis through a competitive tendering basis, the official said. "We will now procure 50 new electric buses on dry lease.
State-owned BHEL on Monday said it has commissioned two units of Kameng Hydroelectric Project (HEP) in Arunachal Pradesh. Kameng HEP is a run-of-the river scheme which will utilise the flow from Bichom and Tenga rivers.
The government will soon frame efficiency parameters for batteries powering electric vehicles (EVs) as it invites bids for setting up gigafactories or giant battery plants in India. A high-level panel has been set up under the Bureau of Energy Efficiency to frame performance criteria and efficiency parameters that can help battery swapping in EVs.
EverSource Capital, a JV between PE firm Everstone Capital and Lightsource BP, has acquired Origin Renewables - a company which is into solar rooftop space, as part of entering the rooftop focused commercial and industrial (C&I) business. Origin, which develops and invests in solar rooftop and other renewable projects on a Operational Expenditure (OPEX) or Build Own Operate and Transfer (BOOT) model, was owned by Manikkan Sangameswaran, a former investment banker worked with Babcock & Brown, ABN AMRO and UBS Securities.
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