Sustainable buildings don’t just make environmental sense. There are potentially large economic gains to be had from more efficient use of resources. This includes increased employment, increased productivity and less need for government subsidies.
Yucatán state of Mexico has become a new energy frontier in the country, while the indigenous population is fearful of losing out on their livelihoods.
Once hailed as the harbinger of a nuclear renaissance, the EPR is fast becoming one of the world’s most criticised and by far the most expensive nuclear white elephants.
Instead of taking concrete measures on energy, the government is dangling some tantalising proposals.
India needs to combine vast improvements in local-level energy initiatives with the effective implementation of clean coal to power the major cities.
Tillerson played a key role in the development of the Sakhalin-I oilfield, in which ONGC Videsh Ltd is a consortium partner.
That there is renewed sense in auditing the carbon-costs of a regular sofa or a Thanksgiving dinner speaks to the precarious position the ongoing environmental crisis has placed us in.
There are several ad-hoc legislations and codes to promote energy efficiency in buildings but none that clearly use taxation as a fiscal tool.
“The Indian government stands on the wrong side of history when a number of countries have decided after Fukushima to shun nuclear and adopt renewable technologies.”
The company’s series B funding has come from the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer. How will Ather deliver what their investors themselves have not delivered?
As the African nation undergoes a period of intense crisis, questions must be asked about whether its mineral investments-driven development strategy is viable for India’s energy plans.
It’s been reported that HFCs are several thousand times more potent than carbon dioxide. That’s true, but there’s very, very little of them in the atmosphere.
India’s energy policy will have to change to be in tune with the international commitments on emission reduction.
The Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam will bring more power to Ethiopia but is already creating tensions over water rights with Sudan and Egypt.
City gas distribution companies are able to hide their inefficiencies and effect non-transparent price hikes, far in excess of what is fair and just.
While a reactor going critical is good news for the power-starved states in south India, the history of the first unit suggests there could be speed bumps on the road ahead.
The ambitious target of achieving 175GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 needs a clear strategy roadmap, integrated planning and a whole-of-system approach that factors in domestic developmental and environmental considerations.
Delhi is especially well-endowed for solar power generation with nearly 300 days of annual sunshine and with rooftop space available for solar panels estimated at 31 sq. km.
Earthquakes could shatter Nepal’s dream of tapping its vast hydropower potential.
Rather than taking the predominantly profit-driven path of securing solar knowledge and its application as a commodity, solar energy expertise and its dissemination ought to be regarded as a commons.
Privately run local mini-grids can be a viable interim solution to India’s electrification problem, but we need a clear-cut policy and regulatory framework.
An agreement to protect the ozone layer is being seen as a major new development.
Globally, economists and law makers recognise price volatility of commodities as a key risk which can significantly affect economic activities which depend heavily on commodity inputs.
An appellate tribunal has done well to limit the amount to which electricity producers can pass on higher input costs to consumers for when the bids they made were meant to have factored in such risks. But more needs to be done.
The highly outdated ‘10% figure’ needs to be increased, while the government’s focus must be shifted from electrifying villages to ensuring that rural households have access to electricity.
India is looking to become part of the informal ‘contact group’, ‘countering nuclear smuggling’ and ‘training and support centre’ circles.
While the WTO decision on India’s solar programme may have been a hit to the ‘Make in India’ campaign, our arguments surrounding the domestic content requirements aspect simply didn’t make the cut.
One has to ask whether the concept of unlimited liability has any real meaning when the operator’s capacity to pay is so limited. It also raises questions for other parts of the world.
The experience with the Kudankulam 1 and 2 reactors suggests that the project is likely to be significantly delayed with higher costs than projected.
One of the biggest talking points of the India-France Business Summit in January 2016 was the inauguration of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). The ISA will operate from Gurgaon and will serve “as a common platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries lying fully or practically between […]
After analysing samples directly obtained from around the leak site, scientists found that the amount of methane released was equal to those emitted by mid-sized European countries in a year.
India may be better served by a plan that looks at developing solar and other renewable energy generation in step with cost effective storage and flexible generation that is available to all states.
Some benefit for deep sea E&P operations, otherwise little to cheer for the hydrocarbon or power sectors.
A $48-billion (Rs 3.26 lakh crore) penalty claimed by the US government from Volkswagen for cheating on diesel-car emissions is about 200 times as large as the $225 million (Rs 1,500 crore) insurance pool set up by Indian insurance companies to compensate US nuclear companies for mishaps in […]
The ratification of the CSC coupled with a hortatory declaration is far from the ‘conclusive step’ in civil nuclear liability issues in India that the MEA envisages.
The takeaway is that despite its steep costs, we can’t afford to not support an idea like fusion.
The prolonged drop in oil prices is forcing countries to pursue economic reforms and reduce expenditure. The result will be nothing short of a reorganization of political power.
If India has to depend on fossil fuels for its energy requirements, at least in the short to medium term, natural gas is by far the cleanest option.
In any society, especially one that proclaims its democracy from the rooftop on every occasion, the right to dissent is paramount. Yet those who do usually end up facing the full might of the state.
Unfortunately, these environmentally damaging subsidies are often ignored during discussions on fossil fuel pricing and use, which tend to focus on the quantifiably larger and more politically controversial consumer-focused subsidies.