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MoU between India and Germany approved by Union Cabinet

On March 25, 2020, the Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi approved MoU signed between India and Germany. The MoU was signed between Ministry of Railways and DB Engineering and Consulting GMBH of Germany. The Memorandum was signed in February 2020 and will facilitate technological cooperation in Railway sector.

Key Highlights of the MoU

The technological cooperation under the MoU will facilitate freight operations including automotive transport, cross-border transport and logistics. It will also help in infrastructure building. This includes new dedicated freight corridors and building of new passenger trains.

The agreement will facilitate technology transfers in IT solutions for railway sales, marketing and operations.

Background

The Ministry of Railways is in the mode of modernization of Railway sector. In order to achieve this, the Ministry has signed several agreements, memorandum of cooperation, technical cooperation, with foreign governments. Through these measures, the ministry aims to achieve high speed rails, increasing speed of existing routes, modernization of rail infrastructure and development of world class stations.

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What is Greenco Rating System followed in India?

On March 19, 2020, the Ministry of Railways presented the details of Greenco System in the country in Lok Sabha. As on 2018, 42 Railway Production units have implemented Greenco Rating.

What is GreenCo?

The assessment of major workshops and production units in various industries based on their ecological sustainability. The assessment helps the comapnies in resource conservation and reduction. It also helps to track the environmental impact caused by the infrastructural projects undertaken

Greenco Certification

The Greenco Certification or rating is provided by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The factors considered while providing the certification is greenhouse gas mitigation; zero waste; recycling and material conservation; world class energy efficiency and toxicity reduction.

The CII is to conduct Greenco Summit in June 16, 17 and 18, 2020. The summit will discuss green concepts and technologies. It will also aim at promoting sustainable models.

INDC of UNFCCC

The Greenco rating was acknowledged in the INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) submitted by India to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 2015.

The INDC are the commitments made by the countries on climate actions to be taken after 2020.

India’s major INDCs
  • To reduce emissions by 33% to 35% by 2030 as compared to 2005
  • To create carbon sink of 3 billion tonnes of Carbon Dioxide. A carbon sink is a natural reservoir that absorbs carbon and lowers concentration of carbon dioxide. It mainly includes vegetation and ocean.

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