• The Goa government told the Supreme Court that the mining leases can be extended to the year 2037 as per the mining companies’ contention, but that it would abide by the decision of the court.
  • Mining in the state came to a halt on March 15, 2018, after the apex court quashed the second renewal of the mining leases of 88 companies. Two mining companies have approached the court for extension of their mining leases till 2037.
  • India’s renewable energy (RE) sector seems to be losing steam and may find it tough to meet its 175 gigawatt (GW) target by 2022, even as its total capacity reached almost 86 GW by December 2019, claimed a new report released by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
  • India has set itself a target of 175 gigawatt (GW) RE capacity by 2022, mainly in the form of 100 GW solar and 60 GW wind. Between 2014 and 2018, the RE sector grew from 2.6 GW to 28 GW, a cumulative aggregated growth rate of around 18%.
  • Wonder Cement, one of the country’s leading cement manufacturing companies announced the launch of a digital campaign ‘Har Raah Mein Wonder Hai’. The campaign has been designed specifically to run on platforms such Instagram, Facebook & YouTube.  The campaign also marks Wonder Cement being the first ever cement brand to enter the world of IGTV. No other brand in this category has created content specific to the platform.
  • The objective of the campaign is to reach out to the end user digitally with a nice story, screenplay and script that encapsulates the journey of a cement bag.
  • Coal India found no takers for about 45% of fuel offered for annual supply at an auction, while the rest fetched an average premium of 8.5% over notified prices. Coal was offered to plants without fuel supply contracts or power purchase agreements (PPAs).
  • India’s solar and wind generation is expected to touch 135 gigawatt (GW) by the end of 2024 up from the 77 GW capacity it had reached in 2019, according to a recent report by renewable energy consultancy Bridge to India.

Projected solar and wind capacity, GWline graph

Projected solar and wind capacity, GWbar-graph

  • Despite widespread expectations of another increase, global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions stopped growing in 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.
    The US recorded the largest emissions decline on a country basis, with a fall of 140 million tonnes, or 2.9%.