Environment

India’s groundwater security – a growing concern

Aurélien Sostaponti - 26-mars-2019 11:40:42

  According to the World Health Organization, a country having less than 1700m 3 per capita water availability is said to be a «  water-stressed  » country. With about 4 per cent of the water resources of the world, India should have been a water-adequate nation. However, in 2011 India turned into a water-stressed nation, according to experts.   The immediate culprits that come to mind are the increasing demographic pressure, rapid urbanization and industrialization. However, urbanization and industrialisation are the driving forces for any developing economy like India and remains the need of the hour. What makes these driving forces evil is the lack of proper water management.           RAINFALL WASTAGE   65%   rainwater runoff goes into the sea, which is a major wastage considering that over 70 per cent of country’s farming is rain-fed. The runoff also causes soil erosion, river flooding and siltation of water bodies.   Source: Bhartiya Agro Industries Foundation   POOR SANITATION   5.2%   of India’s gross domestic product worth of economic opportunities were lost in 2015 because of poor sanitation. It is almost half of the total global losses. Poor sanitation results in water contamination that leads to widespread diseases and wastage of public resources Source: Report ‘True Cost of Sanitation’   DEPLETING GROUNDWATER   253 billion cubic metres   is the amount of groundwater extracted in India annually, which is the highest in the world. Fifty-four percent of India’s groundwater wells have declined over the past seven years, and 21 major cities are expected to run out of groundwater by 2020   Source : UNESCO World Water Development Report             As a step towards resolving the groundwater depletion problem, the Central Ground Water Authority of the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on December 12, 2018 notified revised guidelines for ground water extraction which will take effect on June 1, 2019. These revised guidelines provide for the:   Encouraged use of recycled and treated sewage water by industries. Provision of action against polluting industries. Mandatory requirement of digital flow meters, piezometers and digital water level recorders, with or without telemetry depending upon quantum of extraction. Mandatory water audit by industries abstracting ground water 500 m3/day or more in safe and semi-critical area and 200 m3/day or more in critical and over-exploited assessment units. Mandatory roof top rain water harvesting except for specified industries. Measures to be adopted to ensure prevention of ground water contamination in premises of polluting industries/ projects.   One of the important features of the revised guidelines is the introduction of the concept of Water Conservation Fee (WCF), the fee charged on extraction of ground water. The high rates of WCF are expected to discourage setting up of new industries in over-exploited and critical areas as well as may limit large scale ground water extraction by industries, especially in over-exploited and critical areas.    


2019: A crucial year for India’s renewable energy targets

Kushal SENGUPTA - 26-mars-2019 11:35:53

  India accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total global electricity generation and contributes 4.43 percent to the global renewable generation capacity. According to a Climatescope 2018 report by research organisation Bloomberg NEF (BNEF), India has become the largest market globally for auction of new renewable energy generation projects and the second-largest destination for clean energy investments. Globally, India stands at No. 5 in terms of total renewable energy installed capacity, behind only China, U.K., Germany and U.S. India’s goal is to achieve   175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022 which includes 100 GW of Solar power, 60 GW from wind power, 10 GW from biomass power and 5 GW from small hydro power.   As of January 2019, the total renewable power installed capacity (excluding large hydro) in the country stood at 74.08GW with wind comprising of 47% and solar comprising of 34 % of the total renewable energy mix in the country. The western and southern states account for around 90% of the installed solar capacity.   Wind and solar energy will play a key role in India’s ambitious target of meeting 175 GW by 2022. India ranks fourth in the world in terms of total installed wind power capacity. In 2018 (up to September), India added the second highest solar capacity in the world, after China. Solar installation in India is expected to increase 360 percent by 2020.   In 2018 the Governement of India took some major initiatives in the renewable energy sector :   100% electrification of all inhabited villages in India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the first general assembly of International Solar Alliance (ISA) India added approximately 9.5GW of renewable energy capacity—7GW of solar capacity and 2.5 GW of wind capacity The ministry of new and renewable energy released regular tenders, and 15GW of wind and solar capacity was allocated. India added a record 1.5GW of capacity rooftop solar market The ministry also promoted new avenues for renewable energy growth—floating solar, hybrid, large-scale solar manufacturing and off-shore—some of which got tremendous response from the industry.   The year 2019 will be crucial in deciding whether India can meet its renewable energy targets by 2022. The sector needs major technological and public policy interventions to successfully meet its target of 175GW by 2022 and the long-term target of achieving 40% of India’s electricity capacity from renewable sources by 2030. Non-conventional energy received FDI inflow of US$ 7.48 billion between April 2000 and December 2018. In order to reach the 2022 targets, India needs approximately $75 billion in investments over the next four years—both debt and equity capital.   Author : Kushal SENGUPTA Trade Advisor -Industry & Cleantech Department Business France Mumbai Source : Fortune India, Renew Power, Ministry of Renewable Energy India, IBEF


India and France working together on Electric Vehicles

Aurelien Sostaponti - 18-févr.-2019 07:57:52

The future looks bright for Indo-French collaboration on electric mobility. An important stone to this foundation is a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between India’s Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) and BlueStorage SAS, a French Company. The objective is to define the modalities of a pilot project to provide SECI an e-vehicle charging station with embedded batteries, powered by solar panels and optimized connection to the grid.


POLLUTEC 2014 26th international exhibition of environmental equipments technologies and services LYON EUREXPO France, 2 > 5 december 2014

Thomas Ilhe - 17-nov.-2014 05:20:03

POLLUTEC 2014 26th international exhibition of environmental equipments technologies and services LYON EUREXPO France, 2 > 5 december 2014                                                            Show presentation Leading general show for the environment and energy industries. Pollutec brings together professionals from around the world to discuss innovative solutions that reduce the impact of human activities on the environment, whether it be in industry, local authorities or in the service sector. • 100 000 sq.m exhibition space • 65 000 trade visitors • 2 200 exhibitors • 400 conferences • 200 innovations premiered • 8 sectors • 3 focus Partners villages Hosted in partnership with a professional organization, the villages and expertise clusters bring together in a common dedicated area companies specializing in a specific field.Recyclage ASBESTOS ·          Meet professionals of asbestos removal and review the latest developments about regulations and eradication industries. ·          Organized in partnership with Réso A+ SPACE APPLICATIONS ·          Organizations promoting the use of space for the environment are shining the spotlight on the numerous advantages that space technologies ·          offer for the implementation of sustainable development. ECOTECH NETWORK ·          The Network will be highlighting the advances in shared research works. ·          In partnership with the competitiveness clusters of the Ecotech network (network of eco-technology competitiveness clusters).   TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGIES ·          This area will feature products and services for the inspection and renovation of existing networks. ·          In partnership with the French scientific association for trench-free technologies (FSTT). SITES AND SOILS ·          Pollutec Horizons is shining the spotlight on the current technical and regulatory situation in the soil remediation business. ·          In partnership with the UPDS. ENGINEERING EXPERTISE ·          Meet engineering practices and design offices specializing in environmental engineering.   More information : ·          Official website ·          Vivapolis : powered by French creativity To meet French companies at the French Pavillon: ·          valerie.doghmane@ubifrance.fr ·          elodie.planat@ubifrance.fr  


Egis in India has bagged a major contract in Rajasthan

Banani GHOSH - 25-juil.-2014 08:30:40

The work on the future drinking water conveyance network in three districts within Rajasthan has begun and the project is initiated by the French company Egis. This project involves work costing more than a billion euros and affecting nearly 15 million people. The challenge is to complete the work for the future supply of drinking water in the 3 districts of Rajasthan within 4 years. This makes it a tight schedule and entails providing significant resources for the contract. The group assignments provide for the construction of 13 water treatment plants, 610 drinking water reservoirs and 20,900 km of transfer and distribution networks. Egis carries out supervision of the works and quality control.


Suez Environnement bags 3 contracts worth 61 million euros

Nathalie OSTERNAUD - 22-avr.-2014 07:53:06

New Delhi, April 8, Suez Environnement, a French multinational firm, today said it has won three contracts worth 61 million euros for works related to water distribution system and construction of drinking water plant in Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore . "In Mumbai, one project is to improve water distribution services for 12.5 million people. A second, in Pune, is to build and operate a drinking water plant for 2.5 million residents. And two new wastewater treatment plants are due to open in Bangalore," the company said in a statement. Commenting on the order, company’s Deputy CEO in charge of the international division Marie-Ange Debon said: "While maintaining our solid position in wastewater treatment and drinking water production, we are boosting our presence in India through our new comprehensive service contract in Mumbai." The Mumbai project, awarded by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, is to improve drinking water distribution of the city, Suez said, adding it is being executed "under a five-year contract worth 31 million euros in revenue". The company won its second contract worth 19 million euros through a subsidiary Degremont from Pune Municipal Corporation. The project is to design, build, operate and maintain a drinking water plant for the 25 lakh people of Pune and is supported by the local and national government as part of the JNNURM development programme. The company also won a contract worth 11 million euros from the Water Supply and Sewage Board of Bangalore for designing and operating two wastewater treatment plants. The two proposed plants are in Chikkabanavara and in Kadugodi and are part of a bilateral funding agreement between the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Government of India. Suez Environnement is present in India for over three decades through its subsidiary Degremont India. Degremont has designed and built over 150 water treatment plants across the country (and operates 18 of them) that supply 5 billion liters of potable water everyday.   Source : PTI


France, Germany unveil new partnership at EU-Africa summit

Anindita BANERJEE - 08-avr.-2014 12:08:04

 African and European leaders held crisis talks on the "terrifying" violence in the Central African Republic, where peacekeepers have been unable to stop a deadly spiral of Christian-Muslim strife. As some 80 leaders from the two continents kicked off a mammoth summit that locked down parts of Brussels, France and Germany announced a new partnership for Africa aimed at promoting peace and development as well as combatting the effects of climate change. "We want to deploy our friendship on the ground," said French President Francois Hollande, adding that it was thanks to Germany that the European Union finally had been able to announce the launch of a delayed military mission to send 800 troops to CAR. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin and Paris "are seeking to be a motor" in Africa’s development as well as its security.Germany, long reticent to take part in military missions, was on "a new path", Merkel said. Delayed due to insufficient troop and aircraft commitments from member states, the launch of the EU operation in CAR was announced on the eve of the EU-Africa summit, which winds up tomorrow. Germany has contributed air transport, with Georgia, Spain, France, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Poland and Portugal providing troops and Britain, Luxembourg and Sweden logistical support. As chaos worsens in CAR, a score of leaders from the 54-member African Union and 28-nation EU gathered with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the crisis. "We are deeply concerned of the desperate plight of the people of the CAR," said Ban, who is seeking Security Council endorsement for a 12,000-strong peacekeeping force to take over from the 8,000 African and French troops there. Ban has warned the situation could spiral into genocide amid reports by the UN of child decapitations, cannibalism and widespread lynchings. Around a million people, a quarter of the population, have been displaced. Britain announced a further 7.2 million euros in aid for CAR at the summit, bringing its contribution to 27.8 million euros, but there were no other immediate announcements from the EU, which has already contributed some 350 million euros. As delegations got down to the business of addressing illegal migration, trade and security problems elsewhere on the continent, EU leaders insisted they were seeking a partnership of equals. (AFP) Source: PTI  


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