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QR Code Based Garbage Collection Begins at Mangaluru Smart City

20/10/2020

The Mangaluru Smart City Limited (MSCL) has begun implementation of its QR code-based Solid Waste Management System, which will cover all the 60 wards of Mangaluru, in a phased manner. The first phase will cover 88,000 houses; so far 5,000 houses have been installed with the QR codes and rest are expected to be completed by the end of November. Mangaluru will be one of the first smart cities in Karnataka to go live. The smart garbage collection system will help the City Corporation track the movement of the garbage vehicles, monitor the status of the garbage collection, provide provisions for the public to record complaints about garbage collection. QR code installed at houses can also be extended for other public services such as payment of electricity bills, property tax, and phone bills, among others.

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Delhi Railways set-up SWM systems at stations

Jul 20, 2021

The Delhi Division of Northern Railway has started work on a new Waste Management Project to improve cleanliness at railway stations and increase revenue. Under this very unique project of its kind in the Railways, Delhi Division has tied up with an agency, with the help of which garbage will be collected from 30 major railway stations under Delhi Division. The garbage will be segregated by dividing it into 7 different categories. Wet and dry, solid and soft waste will be separated and processed. The waste will be segregated into different categories and then the recyclable waste will be sent for the next stage of disposal.

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Infosys Tops CRISIL’s Ranking As The Most ESG Focused Company In India

Jul 20, 2021

Infosys has topped CRISIL’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance assessment of the top 225 companies across 18 sectors in India with a score of 79 on 100. The score was assigned on a scale of 1-100, with 100 denoting best-in-class ESG performance. Infosys has scored 86 on environmental parameters and 68 and 81 on social and governance parameters, respectively. The assessment is based on information for three years (up to and including fiscal 2020) of publicly available ESG information considering both quantitative and qualitative disclosures of companies. 

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HUL introduces 'Smart Fill' machine to reduce plastic waste; refill products

Jul 20, 2021

Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) has launched its first 'Smart Fill' machine, an in-store vending model for its home care products to reuse, reduce and recycle plastic. This initiative offers consumers an option to reuse their plastic bottles by refilling products from HUL's brands like Surf Excel, Comfort and Vim through the use of this smart refillery. Currently, HUL has partnered with Reliance Smart and has installed vending machines at Reliance Smart Acme Mall in Mumbai on a pilot basis offering consumers a refilling option.

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Regulator Approves Tariff of ₹7.45/kWh for a Waste-to-Energy Project in Maharashtra

Jul 20, 2021

The Maharashtra State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has set a revised tariff of ₹7.45 (~$0.10)/kWh to procure power from the waste-to-energy project based on a municipal solid waste processing unit (750 tons per day) to be commissioned in Pune. Pune Bioenergy Systems, an integrated waste management company, had filed a petition with the state Commission to review certain critical rulings to determine a new tariff for the project. In its ruling, the Commission directed that it has determined the tariff considering CFA to protect the interests of the company and the distribution licensee. The Commission recognized that the project timeline might be impacted by the current Covid-19 lockdown, which could escalate the project cost and approved a contingency cost of 3% amounting to ₹70.64 million (~$944,033) for the project.

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Companies with CII’s GreenCo rating to get benefits in Rajasthan

Jul 20, 2021

A joint scheme launched by the Rajasthan Pollution Control Board and CII will provide benefits to industries with GreenCo certification. . GreenCo rating is a initiative by CII that assesses the companies on 10 parameters like energy efficiency, water conservation, use of renewable energy, green house gas emission, waste management, material conservation, recycling etc. Having a GreenCo rating for manufacturing or production units will get a reduction in the renewal of consent to operate fee provided by the pollution control board. Additionally, the consent will have an increased period depending on the Green rating.

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Flipkart eliminates all single-use plastic packaging throughout its supply chain

Jul 20, 2021

In line with its commitment to move to plastic-free packaging in its supply chain by 2022, Flipkart has eliminated all single-use plastic packaging used across its fulfilment centres in the country. Flipkart has eliminated single-use plastic packaging across its 70+ facilities across India by introducing the most scalable sustainable alternatives such as eco-friendly paper shreds, replacing poly pouches paper bags, bubble wraps with carton waste shredded material and 2 Ply roll, among others. Now, Flipkart is working to educate its seller partners who fulfil customer orders directly from their locations to move towards alternative materials.

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9 Delhi districts ready green plan, 2 panels to ensure action

Jul 20, 2021

Nine districts in Delhi have prepared district environment plans (DEP) as per the order of the National Green Tribunal and submitted to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The DEPs focus on seven thematic areas—waste management, water quality management, ambient air quality, domestic sewage, industrial wastewater, mining activity and noise pollution. Out of 11 districts in the capital, nine districts—Central, East, New Delhi, North, Shahdara, South Delhi, South-East, South-West and West—have prepared the DEP. In Delhi, South-West district has been selected as a model district for DEP while other districts will have to implement the same model. For the implementation of DEP, two monitoring committees have been constituted in the capital.

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Gurgaon student gets Diana Award 2021 for campaign against single-use plastic

Jul 20, 2021

Aditya Mukarji, a 12th standard student of The Shri Ram School, Aravali, is one of the recipients of the DIANA Award 2021. Aditya has received this award for his efforts in reducing single-use plastics through the 'Refuse If You Cannot Reuse' campaign and other initiatives. Aditya completed the UN Plastic Tide Turner challenge last year, and conducted a waste segregation awareness programme by sharing tips on email and WhatsApp with society members. The Diana Award was established in 1999 in the memory of the Princess of Wales to recognise efforts of young people between the ages of 9-25 years for their social action or humanitarian efforts.

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South Delhi Civic body starts initiative with ITC WOW to reduce waste

Jul 8, 2021

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has started an initiative called "Buddy Composter" to reduce waste at the source. The initiative has been started in association with ITC's Well-being Out of Waste (WOW) and Waste Segregation, Home Composting and reduces dumping of waste in landfills. SDMC also organised a web seminar based on "Used Plastic Management" in association with Bisleri International. The motto of the seminar was to proliferate the benefit of Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.

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Mondelez India funds pilot to recycle multi-layered plastic

Jul 8, 2021

Packaged food company Mondelez India has awarded a grant to Bengaluru-based NGO Hasiru Dala to conduct a pilot project for recycling multi-layered plastic (MLP) waste into alternatives to plywood for both commercial as well as consumer use. The project will commence in August 2021 and initially convert 600 tonnes of MLP waste per annum into WoW boards—that can be used to make furniture and even be applied for construction and building purposes. The project is facilitated by Ubuntoo—a global environment solutions company. MLP waste will be collected by Hasiru Dala’s network of waste collection units and processed and converted into recyclable material at a special unit set up in Bengaluru.

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Mumbai to have its own climate action plan by October

Jul 8, 2021

Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held in November, Mumbai city will have its own dedicated climate action plan by October. The Maharshtra state environment department has engaged the World Resources Institute (WRI) India, for preparing the plan. The action plan is being undertaken pursuant to Mumbai’s entry into the C40 Cities climate leadership group in December last year as part of which cities develop and implement action plans in line with goals of the Paris Agreement. The eventual action plan will be featured on the C40 website alongside those of other member cities. 

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UNEP joins Hands with Massive Earth Foundation to launch LowCarbon.Earth

Jul 8, 2021

In a bid to boost the start-up ecosystem and promoting the transition to a Low Carbon Lifestyle in the Asia Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with Massive Earth Foundation (MEF) has announced the launch of LowCarbon.Earth. A unique initiative of Industry-Academia Partnership, that will provide a platform for start-ups to interact with established corporates, leading technology companies and industry mentors to build collective capabilities in advanced sustainable technologies. This initiative aims to tap the potential of emerging technologies like Low Carbon Energy, Low Carbon Mobility, Low Carbon Agriculture, Low Carbon Packaging, Low Carbon Buildings and Low Carbon Consumption and provide an opportunity for start-ups strategic consulting, incubation, leadership coaching, access to markets and support in raising funds.

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