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This world environment day, take a pledge to Reduce, Reuse, and Re-Cycle. In today’s society, wasteful consumption is a commonality which all of us knowingly and unknowingly choose to indulge in. Small things such as leaving the lights on, not turning off the television – it all adds up. Who’s paying the price? The Earth and our future generations. Not all of us are indifferent,

A small percentage of our population chooses to live carbon neutral life- styles. These environmental heroes are setting the right example for the rest of us as individuals to follow.

We at GAIL believe in long-term sustainability and have invested heavily in Research and Development projects. All these projects are based on groundbreaking technologies such as utilizing methane gas produced from landfills and using it to produce power. Another initiative known as the Waste to Diesel project, extracts precious chemicals such as diesel, gasoline, and aromatic fractions. Our sustainability based outlook follows one of our core philosophies known as  ‘Care, Share & Grow’. This philosophy extends into other programs such as”TOMORROW IS YOURS” which is a television series based on improving conditions throughout rural India.

Our Waste to Energy project, which is based at the Ghazipur landfill captures excess methane, which is produced by waste that has piled up over the years. A section of the landfill has been covered with grass, the covered area has bore wells that reach deep into the landfill, where the methane gas is captured. The captured gas is upgraded from low-quality LPG (Landfill gas) to high-quality LPG, which is the transformed into energy using micro-turbines.

Similarly the Waste to Diesel project, extracts diesel and other precious chemicals from wasted plastic. This groundbreaking breakthrough is attributed to our Research and Development team. The process recycles the chemicals, which exists in everyday plastics. The project has already passed lab and Bench test and is currently being implemented into the pilot stage. The diesel that is recycled meets the internationally recognized standard of Euro-IV.

To know more about Tomorrow Is Yours click here.

To know more about landfill gas to energy click here.

To know more bout Plastic to Diesel, click here.

Depiction of Plastic to Diesel project

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Before the implementation of Waste to energy project

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After implementation

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To know more about Tomorrow Is Yours click here.

To know more about landfill gas to energy click here.

To know more bout Plastic to Diesel, click here.

 

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#MyInnovation GAILtalk Contest – Live Now!

Innovation is an act of ingenuity, creating possibilities where none exists. It’s not really about science or technology. It’s about Life.

When have you innovated in daily life? Tell us and win a surprise gift!

Here’s what you need to do

1.  In the comments section below tell us how you’ve innovated in your life. How you’ve made something happen by using a unique solution.
2.  Don’t forget to use hashtags ‪#‎MyInnovation‬ and ‪#‎GAILtalk‬  with your reply.

 

 

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10 Sustainable Cities From Around The World

Sustainable cities have been popping up around the globe in recent years, however, the idea of a sustainable city or eco-city has been around for a few decades now. The term was first used by Richard Register in his book titled; Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a healthy future.  An eco-city is designed with specific consideration on reducing environmental impact. A main design feature of many of the eco-cities is to stop heat wastage and reduce/neutralize air pollution. Eco- cities are usually inhabited by like-minded people who believe in reducing water, food intake and minimize waste.

Here is a list of ten sustainable cities which are changing the way people live.

1. Calgary, Canada

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18,000 Canadians developed a blueprint for a sustainable future when they created the imagineCALGARY Plan for long terms sustainability. The Plan contains a 100-year vision that articulates the city in which Canadians would like to live and how to get there.

2. Masdar city, Abu Dhabi

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Masdar is Arabic for “Source”. Masdar is a planned city which relies on solar energy and other renewable energy sources and is being designed to be a hub for cleantech companies. The city combines ancient Arabic architectural techniques with modern technology to pioneer sustainable development.

4. Auroville, Tamil Nadu

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The purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity. Auroville is meant to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony, above all creeds, all politics, and all nationalities.

4. Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city, China 

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It is the result of a collaborative agreement between the governments of China and Singapore to jointly develop a socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-conserving city in China.

5. Clark Freeport Zone 

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The Building of the Clark Green City by Philippines Govt. will feature a 50-year master plan that will help decongest Metro Manila, drive the economy and guide the country towards sustainable development.

6. Songdo International Business District, South Korea 

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Songdo IBD’s leadership in sustainable development will have key quality-of-life attributes for both corporations and residents. The city will be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified district in Korea.

7. Hung Shui Kiu

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Hung Shui Kiu has been identified as suitable for the new development area purposed to cater for long-term development need in Hong Kong. After development, it may accommodate up to 160,000 people in the future.

8. Waitakere, New Zealand

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Waitakere eco-city is an opportunity for Waitakere City to become a leader, to enhance its image and to find innovative solutions to the constraints it faces.

9. Hacienda – Mombasa 

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Hacienda eco-city in Mombasa is Kenya’s first environmentally, socially, culturally and economically sustainable project. Solar & wind energy along with rainfall will be harvested.

10. Freiburg Breisgau, Germany

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SolarRegion Freiburg is a long term development vision that the city of Freiburg in southwest Germany embraced in 1986, which has resulted in multiple benefits for both the environment and the local economy.

India has already started work on sustainable cities with Auroville being the first. Following the Make In India campaign and the Smart City Initiative, more eco-cities will be developed in the near future.

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Cardboard Virtual Reality Glasses

For a long time, the human race has dreamt about virtual reality. When you picture a VR headset, you probably think of something really high-tech and far too expensive to be practical.

Apparently, the guys at Google thought the same thing. While Facebook has bought into virtual reality technology for a whopping $2 billion, Google has settled for something a little more simple. Who would have imagined that we could create a VR headset out of something we already had: a simple piece of cardboard? Google did, that’s who.

Say hello to Google Cardboard. It may not sound like much – in fact, it may sound a lot like a joke – but this simple cardboard cutout can turn your Android phone into a neat virtual reality headset. Whether you’re looking for a cheap way to enhance your tech experience or you just want to see what this product is capable of, it’s worth checking out.

The official website gives us a brief lowdown. But if you are curious about how it works, here’s a video that explains it in full

So, don’t you feel like owning your own Cardboard VR glass? Well, we thought so too! And that’s why we’re giving away a bunch of them as prizes of our online contests.

To win, just follow our social media properties on FB and Twitter and wait for 12pm, Friday, 22nd May 2015 – That is when the contest goes live. Follow the rules, participate and you might just win a pair!

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Read more here

 

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Do you know what India’s energy break down is?

Match the choices below with the percentages
A. Oil
B. Coal
C. Traditional Biomass
D. Hydro
E. Nuclear
F. Natural Gas
E. Renewable Energy – Solar, Wind and others

For example if your think Oil contributes 26% to India’s energy mix, write A26 . Type your answers in the comments section below.

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What is it like to work at GAIL?

Gail does not only offer jobs, but an exciting career through challenging work tasks, a supportive work environment, an open and transparent system and social & financial security.
Utmost importance is given to human resources, which is considered to be our biggest asset. We at GAIL firmly believe that only engaged employees will go the extra mile, which is critical for realizing our mission and vision & company’s business strategy.
Our company, which promotes a “Performance-Oriented Culture” also provides an adequate emphasis on providing work-life balance. Parry (2009) goes on to state that there are a number of factors that have an impact on our work-life balance; working hours, gender, the presence or absence of children, social class, age and the domestic division of labour, as well as the country. All our efforts are focused on creating a workplace for our employees which is not only intellectually stimulating but is also a lot of fun. GAIL townships have facilities such as a sports club, a gym, a swimming pool, a library, which is for our employees and their family members. The objective has been to achieve the highest levels of business growth with a lean workforce.

GAIL being a dynamic organization believes that by providing training and development to its employees, the organization would attain greater heights. In fact, “Engaging our employees for superior results” has been one of our success mantras as we fall under Hewitt’s Best Employer Zone. We believe that learning is a never-ending process and we are willing to spend time, money and resources for all our employees at various stages of their careers in order to help them to grow as professionals and realize their full potential.

Referecnes
Parry, T. G. (2009). Restoring work-life balance. Journal of Financial Planning,  13.

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Indian Oil to own 45% Stake in Tamil Nadu LNG terminal.

Indian Oil Corp will hold a 45% stake in a planned LNG import station in Ennore, Tamil Nadu. Currently, 50% will be held temporarily by ICIC (hope this is not supposed to be ICICI) and IDFC until a strategic LNG partner can be found. The balance 5% will be held by the state-owned organization, namely TIDCO http://www.tidco.com/. The project is estimated to be completed by 2019. A joint venture company will be incorporated for this specific project.

Ennore will be the third LNG terminal on the east coast with state-owned GAIL India Ltd building a facility at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh and Petronet LNG Ltd proposing a 5 million tons facility at Gangavaram in Andhra Pradesh.

India currently has four LNG import terminals, all on the west coast — Dahej and Hazira in Gujarat, Dabhol in Maharashtra and Kochi in Kerala.

LNG is a gas that is cooled down to liquid form and takes up just 1/600th of the volume in its gaseous state.

Read the full story here:
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Courtesy of economictimes.indiatimes.com

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How Natural Gas Can Help India Reduce Air Pollution

A recent World Health Organization (WHO) study ranks India as one of the most polluted countries in the world. India is home to 13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities, with air pollution impacting more than half the population by reducing its lifespan by three years on average.

Among the various causes of pollution – burning of firewood, fuel adulteration, vehicle emissions – are coal-based power plants. They release particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds and trace metals like mercury into the air, which affect health adversely. Additionally, coal-fired power plants are the main source of acid-rain-producing pollutants.

A recent study of 47 thermal plants by the Centre for Science and Environment found that not only are India’s power units among the most inefficient in the world, they operate at an average of only 60%-70% of their installed capacity. It’s disturbing that more than half of India’s energy supply needs are met by coal-fired plants.

To take a stock of the rising air pollution levels, the incumbent government recently launched an Air Quality Index (AQI) to predict the air quality. Initially ten cities – Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Faridabad, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad will have monitoring stations with AQI display boards. In laymen terms, the index translates detailed information on different pollutants into a color-coded health warning system. Green represents minimal impact on health, yellow implies moderate effects and red would mean to have serious implications. There are plans to extend this initiative to a total of 66 cities eventually.

A long-term and feasible solution to control air pollution is to switch to natural gas for power generation. A higher share of natural gas in the installed capacity of energy from 9% in 2014 to 20% by 2030 is an imperative. Gas-based power stations have no particulate emissions and much lower NOx emissions. They can achieve 20 parts per million (PPM) NOx levels whereas coal-based power stations have no standards; they emit between 100 PPM and 300 PPM.

Another alternative is to use vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). Over the past few years, CNG became the most popular fuel due price difference and a large number of petrol cars have been retro-fitted to run on CNG. Studies have shown that CNG is much more environment friendly in terms of carbon emissions and pollutants like SO2. Running car on green fuel will help to keep a check on air pollution in city like Mumbai, where the use of vehicles are primarily responsible for deteriorating air quality.

India is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US. The data can be used for tackling pollution proactively and prudently. Like for example, on consecutive days of high pollution levels, Beijing restricts driving cars. Furthermore, Paris allows free public transportation on days with high pollution. India too can embrace such initiative to bring down the pollutions levels

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No Honking Zone In Panchsheel, New Delhi

 

On March 11th, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) declared Panchsheel Park as a no honking zone. Additionally the legal maximum speed was reduced to 30 KM/Hr. The above decision was directly related to grievances from residents of Panchsheel Park. Speed cameras will also be installed to deter people from over speeding in the vicinity.

Parties are eager to find out the real solution. We, therefore, hope that such meeting would be held on the date mutually agreed date i.e. May 5, 2015… Participation of elected Managing Committee Members of Panscheel Enclave Co-operative House Building Society was also permitted in such meeting. We, therefore, direct issuance of notice to the elected Managing Committee Members of Panchsheel Enclave Co-operative House Building Society informing them of the scheduled meeting,” the Bench said.

Mr. Saigal had said in his petition that noise pollution, generated due to heavy traffic flow on the Outer Ring road, was affecting the health of the people living in the area.

Delhi Pollution Control Committee had also informed the Tribunal that roadside noise levels near Panchsheel Park area in South Delhi were beyond permissible limits.

Read the full article here:  http://goo.gl/k1U6a4

Courtesy of TheHindu.com

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Nations Capital Prefers PNG

Indraprastha Gas limited (IGL)  is on the verge of breaking records by providing nearly 100,000 homes with piped natural gas (PNG). IGL is a joint venture between GAIL and BPCL. The rising use in PNG suggests that Indian consumers prefer the convenience and utility PNG provides. Further evidence suggests that PNG is safer as compared to traditional fuels, such as wood fired stoves and gas cylinders.

IGL  added 72,771 connections during 2013-14. Company MD Narendra Kumar said IGL was committed to maintaining the highest level of safety standards in its operations and appealed to customers to strictly follow the safety precautions as disseminated by IGL from time to time.

He added that it would be IGL’s endeavour to better its record in the current year by covering new colonies.

IGL sells clean fuel to nearly 8 lakh vehicles in NCR through a network of over 300 CNG stations.

To switch to PNG today click this link

Read the full article here

 

Courtesy of the Times of India

 

 

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Throwback Thursday: Construction Of The GAIL Headquarters

From time to time, it is an interesting exercise to go back in the past and look at how the present grew from a single idea. Throwback Thursday, a global hashtag is an exercise on the same line. People and brands revisit the past every Thursday, sharing vintage pictures and anecdotes.

As the youngest Maharatna, our history takes place in the 80’s as India was stepping in the computer age. Those early years are documented by our internal publication – GAIL news.

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The initial issues of GAIL news offer great insights into the organisation and the early steps that led us to where we are today in this brief span of time.

One such insight is an interesting article on the construction of our headquarters at Bhikhaji Cama Place in New Delhi (next to Hotel Hyatt Regency).  The building is on a plot measuring 1377.18 sq. meters, which was purchased from DDA.

This impressive structure has 2 basements plus eight floors including lower and upper ground floors with a total plinth area of 12,069 sq. meters (1.30 lakh sq. ft.).

In 1989, the work for our corporate building was fast progressing, with approvals of the ministry of Urban Development in place. The pre-construction activities in terms of purchase of a plot of land at suitable location, appointment of architectural consultants and preparation of building plans including approval of the plans from the concerned authorities, invitation of tenders for the construction of the building and award of work, etc. were completed in a record time of about five months.

The possession of the plot was handed over by DDA to GAIL on December 12, 1988 and the foundation stone of the new Corporate Office building was laid by the then chairman Shri. Vineet Nayyar on January 9, 1989.

Exhibiting a vision for the future workplace the new building was built to include central Air-conditioning and ventilation system; The construction followed a tight completion schedule of eighteen months.

Further, employees Were invited to visit the sight and offer suggestions towards a model office building.

some pictures during the construction :

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gail_FROM-THE-VAULT_01It surely is something to revisit the past. Stay tuned for more #ThrowbackThursday posts.

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