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The future of electric vehicles in India

Electric Vehicles are here to stay, but there is a long road waiting to be travelled. On the spread of and constraints to electric vehicles.
What makes electric cars so expensive? Its the battery. The weight, charge-time, cost and bulk all get in the way of the spread of electric vehicles. But that is all going to change soon.



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Bokaro power plant to foray into solar energy

Coal power producer going green – that’s what the Bokaro power plant is doing, and rightly so.
Over the next few years, India will move away from its over-reliance on coal. What better way to do it, than steadily increasing the share of renewables in the Public Sector Power production portfolio.



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Ceramic Makers unite to curb air pollution

Morbi in Gujarat is a hub for the polluting Ceramics industry, but environmentally conscious units have come together to curb air pollution.
When industry associations coordinate their air pollution control efforts, they also set an example for others. A combination of self-regulation and steep fines can make this a uniquely successful program if it sustains.



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CWG legacy project on air quality spreading to more cities

Monitoring air quality is the first step in a comprehensive environmental improvement program.
The pilot is at a small scale, with ten pollution monitoring systems per city. A basic enviro-monitoring system is necessary in each of India’s 8000 odd cities. A more dense network is a critical first step towards more environment sensitive urban policy.



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Bangladesh plans carbon tax to reduce air pollution

Bangladesh is putting together a carbon tax regime; can India learn from its experience?
A carbon tax that taxes industries based on their carbon footprint, is a very apt response to the developing world’s burgeoning pollution. However it is difficult to implement and sustain. Bangladesh has started on a very difficult yet potentially game changing tax regime.



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Why Investment in Coal, Oil, And Natural Gas Needed

This article calls for greater investment into fossil fuels, many may not agree, but the arguments are worth reading.
Despite the fall in cost of solar and wind power, for the author argues that humanity will continue to depend on fossil fuel. Greater investments in fossil fuels are therefore critical. Read on for what has now become a contrarian view. 
 



Government Actions this week


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President Mukherjee Launches Electric Vehicle Chargers

Charging of electric vehicle batteries is a critical component of India’s move towards electric only vehicles by 2030.
Finally a great example of a Public Private Partnership that blends innovation with commerce. The project has been partly funded by Technology Development Board (TDB), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, as a part of the Make-in-India initiative.



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Nine thermal power plants in Chhattisgarh to be phased out

Not only is the government planning to close plants, it is putting in place a comprehensive strategy aimed at improving emissions control.
Can India improve air quality with minimal reduction in coal use. The answer is yes, given that bulk of India’s coal power plants use limited emissions control technologies. One may argue that’s not the long term solution, but it is a good measure nevertheless.



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Maharashtra to rejig rules for e-taxi launch

Nagpur is tweaking rules to ensure electric taxis can operate in the city. The pilot if successful would be a gamechanger.
Initially a hundred taxis are expected to ply the streets of Nagpur, the hometown of Nitin Gadkari. Later expected to increase to 200 vehicles, electric taxis the pilot is the start to the governments ambitious target of completely switching to electric vehicles by 2030.



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Imposition of penalty fails to deter farmers

Many farmers desisted from burning their fields in light of the ban on crop burning, but many did not.
It appeared that initially the ban on crop burning was having a significant impact. However the high costs and lack of alternate options make it difficult for many farmers. The solution lies in the economic domain – reduced cost of straw collection and increase in price of straw.


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