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Recently, the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi announced that India will start vaccinating children between 15 and 18 from January 3, 2022. Also, healthcare and frontline workers will be provided with booster or precaution doses from January 10. Citizens above 60 years of age with comorbidities will also have the option of a precautionary dose of the vaccine on their doctor’s advice from January 10. While this is a good announcement for the country, we need to be extra vigilant as coronavirus’s highly contagious Omicron variant is rapidly spreading worldwide. Following all the COVID-19 protocols is very important.

Moving ahead, various kinds of anthropogenic activities pose severe threats to the survival of birds. The major causes of bird extinction include the increased human population, habitat destruction, egg collecting, pollution, climate change, and global warming. This month, our cover story ‘Critically Endangered Forest Owlet’ throws light on forest owlets, their rediscovery, and threats to their habitats from climate change and landscape modification. Forest owlets are an endemic species to India. They are found only in small pockets of forest patches in India. The species were considered extinct until scientists rediscovered them and then started working on them. Apart from climate change, the forest owlets are threatened by severe habitat loss and development projects. Not much is known about owls in India. That is why there is a need for long-term studies on owls.

The special report explores India’s ensuing targets and challenges vis-à-vis electric vehicles (EVs). While the growth of EVs is bound to be good for the environment, however an increase in the number of EVs will raise the power demand and increase the production of rechargeable batteries (electricity storage devices). The significant rise in EVs can drive Lithium, Silver, and Copper demand. Lithium is used in batteries. Silver and Copper are used in solar production and charging infrastructure. Thereby, the need for these rare Earth resources is going to increase exponentially. The other problems that seek a thoughtful strategy are electronic waste management and a skilled workforce. India is already the third most e-waste producing country, and only 10 per cent of its e-waste is recycled. With the growth in EVs, e-waste production will increase drastically as EV batteries have a limited lifecycle. It is crucial to have a proper e-waste management system in such a scenario. As of now, India lacks a skilled workforce for ensuring a smooth transition to electric mobility. This can be seen as a tremendous job creating opportunity. India’s e-mobility mission may generate 10 million jobs. This can be a silver lining for a country with more than 65 per cent of the 15–64 years age group.   If these problems are kept in mind while strategizing for transition to e-mobility, India can successfully attain a sustainable transport system and fulfil its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) commitment.

   
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Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013


The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India's CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers."

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at
http://www.csptoday.com/india/awards-index.php or by e-mail to awards@csptoday.com

Contact:
Matt Carr
+44 (0) 20 7375 7248
matt@csptoday.com