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Latest Environment Current Affairs 2019 for UPSC Exams, Bank Exams, Civil Services, SSC and other Competitive Exams. Latest developments in Environment and Climate Change 2019 all important national updates in Environment events for the year 2019.

Project SU.RE: Sustainable fashion project launched in Mumbai

Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Zubin Irani launched Project SURE, a move towards sustainable fashion at Lakmé Fashion Winter/Festive 2019 held in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The project aims to move towards sustainable fashion that contributes to a clean environment.

About SURE project

SURE stands for ‘Sustainable Resolution’. It is first holistic effort by the apparel industry towards gradually introducing a broader framework for establishing critical sustainability goals for the industry.

Objective: It is commitment by India’s apparel industry to set a sustainable pathway for Indian fashion industry. It also seeks to move apparel industry towards fashion that contributes to a clean environment.

Participating agencies: It was launched by Clothing Manufacturers Association of India (CMAI); United Nations in India; and IMG Reliance, the organizers of Lakme Fashion Week.

Features: This project is driven by leading industry association CMAI, along with leader in sustainable fashion IMG Reliance. It will help industry reduce its carbon emissions, increase resource efficiency, tackle waste and water management, and create positive social impact to achieve long-term sustainability targets.

Signatories: Top fashion and retail brands like Future Group, Aditya Birla Retail, Shoppers Stop, Arvind Brands, Max, Lifestyle, Raymond, House of Anita Dongre, Westside, Spykar, Levis, Bestsellers and Trends are signatories to the project. These signatory fashion and retail brands have pledged to source or utilise substantial portion of their total consumption using sustainable raw materials and processes by 2025.

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Ocean Energy gets renewable energy Status

Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has approved proposal to declare ocean energy as Renewable Energy. It has clarified to all stakeholders that energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) will be considered as Renewable Energy. The decision will give boost to ocean energy in the country. It will make ocean energy eligible for meeting the non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO).

Background

Ocean energy is currently under-utilized and as on date, India does not have any installed ocean energy capacity. It is mostly exploited through a few technologies including wave, tidal, current energy and ocean thermal energy.

The total identified potential of tidal energy is about 12,455 mega watt (NW), with potential locations identified at Khambat and Kutch regions of Gujarat and large backwaters where barrage technology could be used.

Preliminary estimates also have pegged total potential of wave energy in India along the country’s coast to be about 40,000 MW. OTEC has theoretical potential of 180,000 MW, but it is subject to suitable technological evolution. Gulf of Kutch and Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat on west coast of the country also show potential for tidal energy production.

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