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Coal continues to be the mainstay of power in India: Piyush Goyal

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New Delhi: Claiming on Tuesday that India would be a country of largely modern and efficient coal based plants by 2030, Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday expressed confidence that the world would appreciate India’s dedication towards climate change and the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) which are likely to be announced on October 2.

“We are conscious about our duties towards the environment. On October 2, India possibly will declare its INDC. I believe the world would be pleased to look at our contributions,” Goyal said here at a function organised by Brooklyn India.

All the countries are required to submit their INDCs on or before October 1, as the crucial 21st session of the conference of the parties (CoP-21) on climate change is to be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11.

The conference needs to achieve a new international agreement on climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

Goyal said “polluter pay principle” should be adopted in the world and the countries which were “hugely responsible” for the current situation should contribute towards cleaning of the environment.

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“We have not seen the credible affirmative action from the west in this respect,” he said, adding despite this, India would move towards protecting the climate with cleaner environment being the central point of the ministries of power, coal and new and renewable energy.

India was not a large pollution generating country as compared to the developed world, the minister said, adding even the energy consumption was far less as against the economically strong countries.

However, he said coal would continue to be the mainstay of power in India but the pollution level can significantly be kept low with innovative technologies and thrust on renewable energy.

Public sector Coal India Limited would produce one billion tonnes of coal by 2019-20, he said, adding that the government was committed to set up ‘washeries’ on a massive scale to wash 250 million tonnes of coal in next three years.

Goyal informed that his ministry was framing a policy to liberalize coal linkages within infrastructure companies which will help bring down power cost.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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200 Officers to be Relocated to Strengthen Ground Operations: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

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A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede accident. ians

Mumbai, Sep 30: A day after 22 people died in a stampede on a railway foot overbridge in Mumbai, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that 200 officers will be relocated from headquarters as field staff to enhance ground operations and that additional escalators are being sanctioned at crowded Mumbai stations.

“200 officers to be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation,” Goyal said in a series of tweets after holding a meeting with Railway Board officials here, in the aftermath of the accident at Elphinstone foot overbridge that killed 22 people.

He also said that to eliminate bureaucracy and delays, “I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety.”

Taking a lesson from the Friday stampede at Elphinstone station, Goyal said, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity.”

“Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations,” added Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

At least 22 commuters were killed and 39 others injured on Friday when a horrific stampede broke out on a narrow railway foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel stations when hundreds took shelter there to escape pounding rain.(IANS)

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Indian High Commission in London Lits up in Energy Efficient Tricolour

The building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting, leading to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption

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London: The Indian High Commission in London is decorated with energy efficient tricolour lights as part of a pact with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL). PTI
  • The Indian High Commission in London has signed up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)
  • Under the contract, 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India will be installed that will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years
  • So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models

London, June 30, 2017: As a step leading towards annual energy and cost savings, the Indian High Commission building in central London has been lit up in energy efficient tricolour. The High Commission, the largest Indian diplomatic mission, is situated in the iconic ‘India House’ building. Now it has become the first to sign up an energy efficiency contract with India’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

According to the statement by EESL, “Under the contract, EESL will install 1,700 LED lights in High Commission of India. The installation of these LED lights will lead to annual energy saving of 147,000 units and cost savings of 23,000 pounds over seven years.”

The statement also mentioned that the building will be turned energy efficient by retrofitting LED lights inside the building as well as the facade lighting. This will lead to a notable 66 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Last month, during the UK visit of Piyush Goyal, India’s minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, the agreement between EESL and the Indian High Commission in London was signed.

According to PTI reports, Under the ESCO model created by EESL, a joint venture of NTPC, Power Finance Corporation, Rural Electrification Corporation and Powergrid, energy savings and/or demand reductions are purchased by a utility using a predetermined rate.

The result of the implementation of the LED programme is energy savings, which are then monetised. Upon completion of the LED project, EESL is paid fixed amounts per kWh. Then an authorised measurement and verification (M&V) organisation assesses and analyses the savings achieved. The duration of this project is seven years, within which EESL provides operational maintenance of the installed lights as well.

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EESL stated, “EESL, under the administration of the Indian government’s Ministry of Power, is working towards mainstreaming energy efficiency and is implementing the world’s largest energy efficiency portfolio (worth 5.6bn pounds over a period of three years) establishing 20-fold growth.”

So far, over 240 million LED bulbs and two million smart LED streetlights have been retrofitted by the firm across India through “self-sustaining” commercial models. EESL is looking forward to leverage this implementation experience and explore new opportunities in the global market for the diversification of its portfolio. The company has already set up overseas operations in the UK, South Asia and South East Asia.

– prepared by Durba Mandal of NewsGram. Twitter: @dubumerang

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Production up by 9 percent in FY 2015 for Coal India

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New Delhi: State-run Coal India Limited (CIL) produced nine percent more coal in the current fiscal than in 2014, the government said on Saturday.

In a tweet, coal secretary Anil Swaroop said: “Coal production by Coal India crosses nine percent over last year’s record production. Well done. Keep it going. Still a very long way to go.”

In the current fiscal, CIL’s production rose by 8.8 percent to 321.38 million tonnes from April to November against 295.4 million tonnes in the same period last year, an official said.

For CIL, the government set a target of one billion tonnes of coal production by 2020. This year’s target was fixed at 550 million tonnes while last fiscal’s target was missed by 3 percent with an output of 494.23 million tonnes. (IANS), (image courtesy: biocat-project.com)