Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government will phase out its fleet of diesel and petrol vehicles including buses over the next eight years, switching to electric or hybrid models.
Participating in a debate on sustainable development in the second committee of the General Assembly, First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to UN, Ashish Sinha said that climate change is a critical component of sustainable development as it impacts public health, food and water security, migration and peace and security.
"The 'Sales & Marketing' wing of CIL and subsidiaries is renamed as 'Marketing & Sales' department," an official said. The board of directors which met this month had advised that the 'Sales & Marketing' department of Coal India Ltd (CIL) should be renamed as 'Marketing & Sales Department', the official said.
It is true that there is an increase in carbon emission by India and China due to homegrown consumption and lack of infrastructure. But let's keep in mind that India's carbon emissions per capita are still 10 times lower and China's is half of that compared to the US.
Urban residents accounted for 54 percent of the total global population in 2014, according to the World Health Organization, and that figure was projected to grow nearly 2 percent each year until 2020.
CIL produced 54.2 million tonnes (MT) of fossil fuel in December, lower than the target of 56.6 MT for the month, the company said in a BSE filing.
"In such a situation, I think gradually my next step will be to move out from these end-use restrictions and hopefully in a year or two, we may be in a position that we don't need to have any restrictions. Coal could be an open commodity," the minister asserted.
"Natural gas is the next-generation fossil fuel, cheaper and less polluting," Modi said in an address at India's flagship energy event, Petrotech.
The world's largest coal miner had set a target of 360.84 MT during the April-November period of 2016-17 fiscal, it said in a regulatory filing.
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The country had imported 18.08 MT of coal in October last year, mjunction services, an online procurement and sales platform floated jointly by SAIL and Tata Steel said.
The dispatch of dry fuel by Coal India (CIL) in the corresponding period of FY'16 was at 190.6 MT, government data said.
Tata Power currently runs 3,300-megawatt (MW) on non- fossil fuel out of 10,500-MW in operation.
According to an official, the auction will be conducted for four days beginning tomorrow.
State-owned Coal India (CIL), which accounts for over 80 per cent of domestic coal production, dispatched 30.25 MT of coal in the same month last fiscal, according to government data.
Addressing a gathering at main Tibetan Temple at Thekchen Choling in upper Dharamsala on Aryadevas 400 Santazas on the middle way, he asked people to be warm-hearted, to cultivate love and compassion.
The trade unions will go on a nation-wide stir on September 2 to press for their various demands.
"The Steel Ministry wants more availability of coking coal for steel plants of SAIL and RINL. As a result, Steel Secretary Aruna yesterday met Coal Secretary Anil Swarup," an official said.
"NTPC has achieved saving of approximately 30 paise per unit (approximately Rs 550 crore/month) due to rationalisation of coal linkage and reduction of imports," Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal informed the Rajya Sabha.
Regulated utilities like NTPC Ltd and Tata Power, whose power output is dominated by conventional sources, benefit from contracted and availability-based revenues, but their business risk will increase over the long term.
"The special forward e-auction phase V will be conducted as per the terms and conditions followed for special forward e-auction phase IV," Coal India Ltd (CIL) said in a recent notice.
"To facilitate liquidation of pit head coal stock, CIL has offered 10 MT (million tonnes) and 4 MT of coal under special e-auction to power sector and non-power sector consumers respectively, in line with directions of government," Coal and Power Minister Piyush Goyal informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply.
The project is likely to be set up in 18 months from the date of signing of the contract, with an estimated cost of Rs 321.96 crore.
"There will be a third-party assessment. It will start getting rolling in January or February next year." The government is also committed to provide washed coal from October, 2017 in view of environment-related concerns.
China is the world's top coal consumer but its uptake of the dirty fossil fuel has waned with the country moving more towards less energy-intensive sectors. State efforts to cap consumption in a bid to clear up the choking smog that smothers the country's major cities have also hit demand.