Portugal Current Affairs - 2019
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TVS Motor Company has bagged the international sustainability award Green Era Award for Sustainability in Lisbon, Portugal. Tata Motors also won the Quality and Business Excellence Award in acknowledgement of its endeavour to create new benchmarks in product quality.
Green Era Award for Sustainability
The Green Era Award for Sustainability was awarded at the Green Economy Forum held on 10th of February 2019 at Lisbon. The forum witnessed the participation of renewable energy firms, environmental agencies and green companies from the 5 continents. The nominees for the Green Era Award for Sustainability are based on the following criteria’s:
- Energy Efficiency – representing a reduction of specific energy consumption through general housekeeping measures, best practices, retrofitting inefficient equipment and new projects in the use of energy.
- Creativity & Innovation – in terms of demonstrated systems and processes, influencing energy technologies, opportunities with potential for further development and transferability to others and productivity of the operations while making sure that the ecological balance is not impacted.
- Increase of Renewable Energy share in the energy source portfolio – use of renewable energy such as solar, wind, biomass, biogas and other cleaner energy sources and gradual reduction of dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
- Economic, Social & Environmental Impact.
The Green Era Award for Sustainability recognises the true global exemplars who have been innovative and creative in pursuing the sustainable imperative. The awards are based on the conclusion of the research team of Otherways Management & Consulting, France.
The annual multinational maritime exercise Cutlass Express was held from 27 Jan to 06 Feb 19. The exercise is aimed to improve law enforcement capacity, promote regional security and progress inter-operability between the armed forces of the participating nations for the purpose of interdicting illegal maritime activity in the Western Indian Ocean.
The annual Exercise Cutlass Express is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) and conducted by Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF). Exercise Cutlass Express 2019 is the eighth iteration of the annual multinational maritime exercise and was held in the vicinity of Djibouti, Mozambique and Seychelles.
The participating nations in the exercise Cutlass Express 2019 were Canada, Comoros, Djibouti, France, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Portugal, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, The Netherlands and the United States. The Indian Navy was represented in the exercise through INS Trikand.
During the exercise, Naval, Coast Guard and Marine Police personnel from a number of East African countries were jointly trained by mentors from USA, India, and Netherlands, with the support of international organisations like the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Combined Maritime Force (CMF) and European Naval Forces (EUNAVFOR).
Tags: Canada • Comoros • Djibouti • Exercise Cutlass Express 2019 • France • India • INS Trikand • Kenya • Madagascar • Mauritius • Mozambique • Naval Forces Africa • Portugal • Seychelles • Somalia • Tanzania • the Netherlands • the United States • U.S. Africa Command