Jul 21, 2014

India Doubles Coal Tax to Increase Funding for Clean Energy and Environmental Projects

Renewable Energy
India
Coal
Energy Policy
Admin
2 min
India is trying to take it to the next level in its renewable energy and environmental initiatives. The country has a long list of ways it’s no...

India is trying to take it to the next level in its renewable energy and environmental initiatives. The country has a long list of ways it’s not only trying to reduce its carbon footprint, but bring much of its population up to date in terms of energy accessibility.
These projects and initiatives require funding, of course, and to help out, India is doubling its tax on every metric ton of coal mined or imported into the country. Currently, the tax rate stands at ₹100, or $1.67.

The revenue raised from this tax will directly feed into the National Clean Energy Fund. Currently, the fund is underutilized, though with the heap of renewable energy projects set to take place in the near future, the situation could change rapidly and dramatically.

Some of the large scale renewable energy projects include four 2,000-4000MW ultra mega solar power projects, 100,000 solar-powered irrigation sets and water pumping stations, and a canal-top solar power plant—a personal project of the prime minster.

Research and development for renewable and environmental projects will receive and increasing in funding. A ministry has also been established with the purpose of cleaning the Ganges River, a first in the nation’s history after decades of abusing the river.

The revenues raised from the tax are expected to be of great quantity, since India’s coal industry shows no sign of slowing. The current estimate for the amount it could raise sits at ₹7,400 crore, or $1.2 billion.

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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