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GAIL emerges highest ranking PSU in Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index

Secures 98 out of maximum 100, an increase of 12 points in one year

New Delhi, November 6, 2015: GAIL (India) Limited has emerged the highest ranking company among the country’s Public Sector Undertakings, and third overall, in the ‘Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI)’ released by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)-India.

 

GAIL, India’s premier natural gas company, got a score of 98 out of maximum 100 in CDLI which was released at the Bombay Stock Exchange. GAIL showed a remarkable increase of 12 points from last year’s score which was a result of dedicated efforts of the company to be a responsible corporate especially in the area of climate change.

 

CDP India’s Climate Change 2015 report analyses the key trends coming out of the analysis of the responding Indian companies. The CDLI disclosure score assesses the completeness and quality of a company’s response. A high disclosure score signals that a company provided comprehensive information about the measurement and management of its carbon footprint, its climate change strategy and risk management processes and outcomes.

 

The CDP India Climate Change 2015 Report will be shared in the India Pavilion of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 to be held in Paris later this month.  It will be attended by Heads of States and Governments across the globe including Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. CDP is the only global natural capital disclosure system which is the most comprehensive collection of Corporate Climate Change Information. CDP India has been acknowledged in India’s commitment towards mitigation and adaptation of climate change specified in the INDC (Intended National Determined Conference).

 

Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment, Forest & Climate Change complemented the report saying, “Indian companies have indeed understood the mantra of sustainability growth – that going green makes sound business sense”.

 

The release of the report was followed by an interactive panel discussion attended by Sustainability Heads of top ranking CDLI Companies. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Santanu Roy, General Manager (Corporate Planning), GAIL said the company is tackling climate change through converting regulation risks into opportunities. He outlined how natural gas can play a significant role in India’s quest for Energy security. He also mentioned that going forward, GAIL would like to play a leading role in collaborating with other Indian oil and gas players for making positive impact of the sector specific sustainability and climate change.

 

Photo caption: Shri Santanu Roy, General Manager (Corporate Planning), GAIL (on the left) speaking at the release of the CDP India Climate Change 2015 Report in which GAIL (India) Limited emerged as the highest ranking company among the country’s PSUs, and third overall, in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI)

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GAIL takes lead in developing Indian corporate vision on tackling climate change

Partners with TERI to develop document to be released in Paris during COP21

New Delhi, November 5, 2015: GAIL (India) Limited, the country’s premier natural gas company, has partnered with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a leading energy and sustainability think tank, to develop a document which outlines the Indian corporate vision on various aspects of tackling climate change and aligning the vision with Government schemes in this direction.

The draft of the document titled “Delhi to Paris: Corporate Vision on Climate Change” was presented during the National Seminar for Corporate Vision on Climate Change organized here by TERI-CBS (Council for Business Sustainability). The final document will be launched at India Pavilion of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 to be held in Paris later this month. It will be attended by Heads of States and Governments across the globe including Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

 

For the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, the COP21 Climate Summit conference will aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate to keep global warming below 2oC.

 

As a responsible corporate citizen, GAIL acted as Chapter lead for ‘Improving Efficiency of Energy Use’ and provided inputs towards preparation and participated in meetings, webinars and consultations.

 

In a special address during the seminar, Hon’ble Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu said, “While the government provides air cover, corporates are the foot soldiers with their ideas and technologies towards mitigation and adaptation to the new reality of climate change.” Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar hailed the convergence of all corporates and called the abridged version of the vision document the ‘Corporate Environment Responsibility Document.’

 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects) & Chairman of Sustainable Development Committee of GAIL, shared various initiatives in the area by the company and how natural gas as one of the cleaner fossil fuels has been instrumental in achieving better energy efficiencies for industry.

 

He also mentioned that going forward, GAIL would like to play a leading role in collaborating with other Oil & Gas industry players for making a positive impact of the sector in respect of sustainability and climate change. As Chapter lead, GAIL propagated that natural gas, an environmentally benign alternative fuel, can act as a bridge fuel as India gears up for the transition from polluting coal and oil to renewables.

 

Photo caption: Dr. Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects), GAIL (second from left) speaking at the National Seminar for Corporate Vision on Climate Change

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GAIL’s Jagdishpur – Haldia Pipeline Project connects Barauni in Bihar

Welding of 12 inch pipeline connecting HFCL Barauni to IOCL Barauni commenced on 15th September 2015 at Barauni, marking the first phase implementation of GAIL (India) Limited’s  Jagdishpur- Haldia Pipeline, the green project of Government of India.

The phase – I of pipeline project consists of laying of trunk pipeline from Phulpur (Allahabad) to Dobhi (Gaya) for a length of 341km and spur pipeline connectivity to Barauni and Patna from Dobhi for a length of 228 km.

This gas network will supply fuel to major industries such as the Barauni Refinery and the Barauni fertilizer plant, which will be revived to its full glory, besides power and steel plants.

The pipeline will also help in setting up of City Gas Networks in major cities of Bihar including capital Patna. Thus, residents can enjoy the convenience of environment friendly piped natural gas (PNG) that directly reaches kitchens through pipelines and the economical compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicles.

An investment of over Rs. 2300 crore is expected to be made in Bihar on this project.

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BHARAT HEAVY ELECTRICALs LIMITED (BHEL), HARIDWAR.

BHEL CFFP unit at Haridwar is involved in manufacturing of heavy industrial equipment. The manufacturing facility has a custom shop where manufacturing of large size castings and forgings of various types of alloy steels, creep-resistant steel(s) and supercritical grade steel is carried out. The GAIL (India) Limited team visited their site and critical observations were recorded.

Till date, this plant had been using LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) and LDO (Light Diesel Oil), but now the plant has been made capable of using natural gas as a fuel. Post the change, remarkable differences in the amounts of fuel consumption and costs of using the fuels were observed. A high reduction in costs and  a massive 26% reduction in the carbon footprint are some of the benefits that came with the implementation of natural gas in their plants. Saving energy as well as money, with the same output, is the ideal situation for any plant, and natural gas makes that situation a reality.

Reductions in carbon emissions lead to better public health, resulting in more trees growing, fewer diseases and much more. This study shows that not only does the use of natural gas reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, it also reduces cost, resulting in a higher monetary saving, giving nothing but profit to your company. Now is the time to switch to natural gas.

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What Is STEM?

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Rather than teaching the four streams as separate discreet subjects, this curriculum aims to integrate them into a close-knit learning model, based on practical real world applications. STEM aims to have an interdisciplinary and an application-oriented approach so as to give the students a more practical and holistic world-view, rather than restricting their abilities to a single discipline.

STEM is important, because it penetrates every aspect of our lives. It integrates four of the most important disciplines in the world right into one network, made to help each and every one of us in our daily lives. From the natural world to electronics to designing buildings to basic accounting, STEM incorporates everything. The practicality and the awareness inculcated in this curriculum, provides us with the tools to solve current challenges like global warming, transportation, eco-friendly machines, leading to new innovations, techniques and ideas with the intent of making this world a more sustainable place. STEM education is going to help us shape the future, as the life of each and every one of us revolves around these four disciplines. Providing a new perspective in these disciplines will only change our lives – for the better.

A plethora of jobs are opening up around the world, which come under the ‘STEM umbrella’. In India, more and more well trained and qualified people are graduating from STEM relevant fields, giving us a competitive edge at a global level. With the rate at which this industry is growing, only great things are in store for us. More opportunities globally, the power to shape the future, the chance to lead India into a more promising tomorrow is what STEM education provides. It is imperative in this country to give every student a chance to embrace the current technology and information, granting them a chance to excel, for themselves and for the future generations.

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An Abundant Clean Source Of Energy – DesertSec

Every year, each square kilometer of the desert receives solar energy equivalent to 1.5 million barrels of oil. Multiplying by the area of deserts in Africa or in the world, this is several hundred times as much energy as the world uses in a year. What this means is that in Africa, countries like Algeria, Angola, Libya and Nigeria can move directly from being oil-rich to being solar-rich.

Desertec Africa is an organization who’s vision is to utilize the untapped potential of Africa. Desertec looks to harness the huge solar footprint Africa has and transform it into usable energy. There is enough sunlight falling on Africa’s deserts to power not only Africa and Europe but the whole world as well. They aim to switch the continents non-renewable based economy to solar energy, which is clean and renewable. There are many benefits of such a program; one of the main benefits is that it would directly stimulate struggling economies such as Nigeria and Chad and others. The project is based on utilizing an area that receives at least 2000 kWhs of sunlight per m2 and other stringent requirements. Once a location is deemed suitable, solar power plants would be installed based on existing CSP solar technology.

 

Excerpts and courtesy of Desertec-Africa

To know more about the project click here

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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.

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Before the implementation of Waste to energy project

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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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Norwegian DNV GL Unveils ‘Solitude’ – A New Unmanned FLNG Concept

Recently at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association in Melbourne, DNV GL presented designs for a new unmanned FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) concept called ‘Solitude’ to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. The remoteness of offshore gas fields & personal safety were the two considerations that were kept in mind by DNV GL when it started working on Solitude. Floating above an offshore natural gas field, ‘Solitude’ will theoretically produce, liquefy, store and transfer LNG at sea before carrier ships transport it directly to markets. An unmanned FLNG facility will lead to an approx. 20% reduction in operating expenditure with only a few percentile increases in capital expenditure. Such innovative projects by DNV GL show the organization’s commitment towards sustainable and safe development while reducing its carbon footprint.

As there will be no one living on board or working on the topside during normal operation, the associated personal safety risks are eliminated. When people do enter for large maintenance campaigns, the topside would be prepared for a safe working environment. A new support and accommodation vessel concept and its associated docking system on the FLNG further boost the safety of interventions.

Existing frontier oil and gas projects have resulted in tremendous technological developments, particularly in the subsea realm, and Solitude draws on this,” says Ms. Torstad. “Operators are already controlling subsea installations and simple, fixed offshore installations from shore. Given the on-going advances in autonomous systems and remote operations, unmanned offshore installations are a natural development over the next few decades.”

“While Solitude is a holistic concept, many of its solutions can be implemented independently – and some are already available today. These projects are our way of thinking out loud. Our aim is to present high-level concepts that can form a basis for discussion and be further developed in collaboration with the industry. We see Solitude as a new opportunity for the future,” ends Elisabeth Torstad.

Courtesy of DNV GL via DownstreamToday

Read more here: http://goo.gl/z0xtvc

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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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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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Groundbreaking Batteries First, Hi-performance Cars Second – Tesla motors

Renowned carmaker Tesla motors, has entered the market of hi-powered batteries with its latest product- the Powerball.  Seldom do carmakers venture into unknown waters however Teslas’ clean business model of providing green hi-performance vehicles goes hand in hand with the Powerwall. The product as described by Tesla: “Powerwall’ is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup of electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.

Tesla’s new offering is called the Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is designed to be mounted in a garage or on the side of a house. The device, the size of a small refrigerator, will be available in three to four months, at a price starting at $3,000 for 7 kilowatt hours (kWh). The Powerwall can store power from a home’s solar panels, or connect to the electrical grid, storing up electricity when rates are low and providing backup electricity supply in case of a blackout.

Check out the full article here: http://bit.ly/1bJvh44

 

Courtesy of Tesla motors via Quartz India.

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Hydroelectric Generators Basics

It is a well-known fact that hydroelectric dams have been a clean source of energy for decades. But do you know how they actually produce electricity? Check out the video below to find out the facts about hydroelectricity.

Courtesy of TranspowerNZ

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