Indian Federation of Green Energy
IFGE GEN– Green Energy Newsletter
   June 2016   Vol. 01 Issue 01

•  EID Parry (I) Ltd
•  Gamesa Renewable Pvt Ltd
•  Globex Energia Pvt Ltd
•  Hero Future Energies Pvt Ltd

•  IL & FS Energy Development Company Ltd
•  Yes Bank Ltd
•  Praj Industries Ltd





•  Solar Energy
•  Biofuels
•  Wind Energy

•  Renewable Energy
•  Finance & Policy
•  General Energy





Sh.Nitin Gadkari

Hon’ble Minister of Road Transport, Highways, & Shipping


Sh.Suresh Prabhu

Hon’ble Minister of Railways


Sh.Piyush Goel


Sh.Dharmendra Pradhan

Hon’ble MoS (I/C) Petroleum & Natural Gas


Sh.Annasaheb M.K.Patil

“Ex. Minister, GOI & Vice Chairman-IFGE


Dr. Vidya Murkumbi


We are at a critical period in human civilization as we have entered into an era in which, for the first time, more investment is being made into Green Renewable Energy than in Fossil fuel based power plants. In this era, Indian Federation of Green Energy, which is dedicated to Green Energy, will also make its contribution in this gigantic effort of converting the global economy to Green Energy based only. A newsletter which informs the readers of the latest developments in the sector is a small but vital step in this direction.  

As a President of IFGE (Indian Federation of Green Energy), I am very proud and congratulate my team to come out with such a exclusive and impressive Newsletter “IFGE-GEN”

Dr. Vidya Murkumbi


Sh.Jai Uppal

Director General

From the Desk of DG
In our effort to reach out to our valued stakeholders with the developments & news of Green Energy, the Inaugural Issue of the Indian Federation of Green Energy’s Green Energy Newsletter (IFGE GEN), is placed before you.

Globally these are exciting times for green energy, especially for India, as our Prime Minister’s dynamic initiatives have catapulted India to the centre stage in the promotion of Green Energy and carbon mitigation by taking a lead at COP 21 and setting ambitious targets of Green Energy in India's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) submissions. The use of Green energy and energy efficiency are the only viable solution for saving our fragile planet from impending catastrophic disaster. The world has to shift to Green Economy in the next few decades in order to survive.

Our newsletter is a humble step in promoting Green Energy. The news on this sector is pouring out as an unprecedented flood. It is difficult to keep pace with major news items which are appearing in print, media and on the internet. We therefore have been constrained to publish only a flavour of what is happening in this sector. 

The good news for India is that while wind energy continues to add steadily the installed capacity from relatively high base, solar is gaining momentum. The target for 2016-17 for additional capacity of solar and wind energy is 12 GW and 4 GW respectively, while the installed capacity of solar till end of FY 2015-16 was only about  6.77 GW. If this momentum is sustained, we will be well on our way to achieve the target capacity of 100 GW by 2022 in the solar sector, which would be an achievement that the country can be proud of. Another innovative initiative of MNRE is a demonstration of Small Wind Solar Hybrid System to provide electricity to un-electrified areas. 

Bioenergy & Biofuels have also seen significant advances although they have not been in the limelight. Ethanol consumption has significantly picked up because of OMC’s (Oil Marketing Companies) are showing more aggressive aspiration to buy. The initiatives of Indian Railways and the freedom to sell biodiesel anywhere by the manufacturers has given new impetus to the market. The firming up of global crude oil prices would provide another thrust for greater share of Biofuels in the market as it would become more attractive financial proposition for the OMCs and the consumers.

We are grateful to Hon’ble Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Shri Suresh Prabhu & Hon’ble Shri Dharmendra Pradhan for giving their kind messages and encouraging us to promote Green Energy. The spirit of their messages shows their dedication and commitment to the cause of Green Energy.  

This is an initial effort to publish a newsletter. However, our endeavor will be to improve and make it more relevant by our continuous efforts to strive towards excellence – in the spirit of kaizen!


•  EID Parry (I) Ltd
•  Gamesa Renewable Pvt Ltd
•  Globex Energia Pvt Ltd
•  Hero Future Energies Pvt Ltd

•  IL & FS Energy Development Company Ltd
•  Yes Bank Ltd
•  Praj Industries Ltd

  EID Parry (I) Ltd
Green initiatives

The company has 8 cogen plants 4 in Tamilnaidu, 3 in Karnataka and 1 in Andhra Pradesh with a combined capacity to produce 150MW of power.
Green energy through CO GENERATION using Bagasse, Bagasse is the fibrous matter that remains after the sugar cane is crushed to extract the juice and it is a by product generated in the process of Manufacture of sugar.

The power generated using Bagasse as a fuel is a ‘Green Energy’ which is a secure, enviro friendly and renewable source of energy.  Fundamentally it is a ‘Carbon Neutral Fuel’ as they do not add C02 to the atmosphere as it absorbs the same amount of Carbon in growing as it releases when consumed as fuel.

The Company’s focus on energy and resource conservation has made it’s Co-gen and the sugar factories the best in its class with respect to efficiency and environment friendly operations.
The thrust on energy conservation has earned the group awards and recognitions and few are listed below,

•  “Excellent energy efficient unit” National award by CII on three occasions
•  “National Energy conservation award” from Bureau of Energy efficiency, GOI

 Energy Conservation:-

• On Generation side the boiler operating efficiencies have been maximised by resorting to ...
         • Reduction in Bagasse moisture from a level of 50.5% to 48%
         • Refiring of ‘Unburnt’ ash collected from the boiler after blending with press mud which is another by product and a bio mass
         • Reduction in bagasse moisture though bagasse driers and  reduce the bagasse moisture from 50% to a level of 42% using the waste heat in the boiler flue gas.
  • On the consumption side, the steam consumption has been reduced from the standard measure of 40% on cane crushed to 33% on cane crushed which is considered a best figure among the sugar industry.
  • Extensive deployment of Variable frequency drives, optimisation of pumps & Fans, conversion to Energy efficient Gear Boxes, lighting systems, compressors and pneumatic systems resulted in reduced specific energy     consumption at the Co Generation plants and sugar factories.

Resource conservation initiatives

  • Zero fresh water consumption : - The entire sugar factory is operated without drawing fresh water from river, canal or bore well.  The cane contains 70% of water and this water is used for factory operations.
  • Wealth from Waste: - The distilleries produce alcohol from molasses which is again a by product of sugar manufacturing.  The distillery generates ‘Nasty’ effluent which is having very high COD and unpleasant odour.

The company has four distilleries two in Tamilnaidu, one in Andhra Pradesh and one in Karnataka.  All the distilleries are provided with ‘Zero Liquid Discharge’ facility.

The Distillery effluent is converted into a solid which is very rich in potash and is sold as a popular organic fertilizer used as manure for enriching the farm lands.
Other Green initiatives

Sustainable Sugar cane cultivation initiative: EID Parry is the first company to obtain the BONSUCRO certification on account of the focussed improvements in the areas of....

1. Just adequate water irrigation for the sugar cane
2. Reduced consumption of nitrogenous fertilisers
3. 1. Eliminate burning of cane trash
4. Elimination of child labours in sugar cane farming
5. Empowerment of women farmers
6. Safety of farm labourers & farmers
7. Adoption of social guiding principles at the Farm and at the factories.

The journey on Green initiatives at EID Parry (I) Ltd continues to progress at all fronts from the farmer from whom we source the cane right up to the end consumer.

Parry paints the world green..........

  Gamesa Renewable Pvt Ltd

(Wholly owned subsidiary of Gamesa Group, Spain)
Renewable Energy, the way forward: India’s energy need has been growing tremendously in the recent years. To ensure sustainability and meet the required demand, it has become imperative that the country needs to identify a mix of energy sources, rather than depend on the traditional ones. Besides, the country also needs to safeguard its environmental commitments. It was in this regard that India recently unveiled a massive renewable energy target of achieving 175GW of installed Renewable Energy capacity by 2022. Presently, the total installed renewable capacity in the country is about 39.5GW (including all sources: namely wind, solar, biomass, hydro etc.) Gamesa Renewable Private Limited: a subsidiary of Gamesa group Spain is one of the leading & fast-growing renewable energy solution providers in India. Gamesa placed its foothold in India during the year 2009 with strong foresight of developing renewable energy for the future, in order to cater the shortfall of energy production. Since its inception, Gamesa India has been successful in fortifying the best resources being Wind and Sun, entailing to bolster the growth path of the nation. The company has successfully commissioned over 2000 MW contributing to about 7% of India’s wind installed capacity. Through this, we also help to offset about 5200 kilo Tonnes of CO2 annually in the county. Gamesa’s Operating fleet of wind farms is spread across 7 states with Sales and Operations offices in 6 locations and 38 site offices spread across seven states in the country. The company has its state of the art nacelle assembly facility at Mamandur, in Chennai with an annual production capacity of over 1500MW. The company currently employs over 1500 personnel in the country.

Sustainability both in house and in product: Our products confine to be best in standards are accredited internationally for green compliance. We take utmost care to minimize our environmental impact – in fact most of our products (and accessories) are 90% recyclable. We are also energy efficient in our manufacturing facilities. Gamesa India’s energy consumption has reduced to 16 GJ/Mw from 30.84 GJ/Mw between 2013 and 2015 on overall energy consumption, which in turn resulted in reduction in overall CO2 emissions reduced from 2947 TCO2/Mw to 2110 TCO2/Mw between 2014 and 2015 respectively. This was possible by the effective implementation of the energy conservation measures throughout our production operations. Some of the key initiatives to mention were harvesting solar energy through solar PV panel’s installed at the roof top of our nacelle & blade production unit which has helped in substituting some portion of the electricity consumed for the production unit from the grid, solar based drinking water plants to meet the drinking water requirements of our production plants and up gradation of all our installations to Green building certification and we continued our energy optimization strategies implemented last year. Recognizing our efforts in green energy and sustainability are the following list of awards:  Gamesa India was awarded the “14th Annual Greentech Safety Award 2015 under gold

· Category:  Gamesa India is the recipient of the prestigious IGBC green building Award for its· Corporate Office (at Chennai) - Platinum Award, Nacelle Factory (in Tamilnadu) - Platinum Award and Blade Factory (in Gujarat) - Silver Award. 

Gamesa India was the winner of Dun & Bradstreet Infrastructure awards awarded for the most sustainable infrastructure project under Energy and Power Category in the year 2014. 
Gamesa India was awarded as the “Leading RE Manufacturers – Wind” at the 9th Renewable Energy India Expo organized by UBM India Private Limited in the Year 2015.

Gamesa Solar: Drawing its expertise from wind, Gamesa India recently entered into Solar business in 2015 offering a wide spectrum of Solar Energy Solutions spanning across Utility Scale Solar Projects, Rooftop Based Solar EPC, Micro Grids – Rural Electrification and Solar Asset Management backed by its robust Photovoltaic Inverters ranging from Gamesa E - 100kW to Gamesa E – 1.37MW. As of today, Gamesa India has commissioned 9MW of solar power projects in India and Gamesa group has commissioned 200 MW of Solar power projects through its strategic tie ups and supplied Photovoltaic inverters serving more than 150 MW of Solar installations globally.

CSR activities: Our Company has also contributed immensely for the local social upliftment in our project areas. During 2015 we have:
• Scholarship benefitting 600 students from 30 Schools
• Constructed 15 sanitary complexes.
• Successfully launched mobile health care project in association Help Age India at 24 villages wherein 3643 villagers were benefitted.
• Distributed medicines at free of cost to 10000 villagers from 28 villages.
• Converted 290 tonnes of pallet wood into 1450 sets of benches & desks and donated to 30 schools, benefitting 4500 rural students.
• Trained 350 youth in soccer of which two participated in Homeless World Cup, Amsterdam.

  Globex Energia Pvt Ltd

We represent 2 business arms of J V Gokal Group involved in the promoting Electric Trolley Bus System and Ethanol-Diesel Blend in India, namely, Enrika Trades and Services Pvt Ltd and Globex Energia Pvt. Ltd respectively.

Both the products follow Green and Renewable Energy Principles and focus on actively contributing towards providing pollution less and hassle free Transport solutions to Indian Public Transport system.

As both the products talk about technology not currently in usage in India, we really had worked hard to grab the eyeballs of the relevant policy makers in India. While Electric Trolley Bus System has attracted the attention of CIRT, Ministry of Road, Highways and Shipping , Department of Heavy industries and few large and highly progressive Municipal Corporations, on the other hand, Ethanol Diesel Blended Fuel to be used by State Road Transports had already been a part of discussion at Bureau of Indian Standards and now is a topic of an ongoing scientific discussions among Bio Fuel Cell (Ministry of Petroleum), BPCL, HPCL, ARAI, KSRTC and others, to create a document on it for submission before the Ministry of Petroleum for its perusal.

While Electric Trolley Bus System intends to provide a Mono Rail experience on tyres at 80% cheaper cost in comparison to Mono rail and also offers the flexibility to connect street lighting utilities to it or vice versa, Ethanol-Diesel Blended Fuel offers instant solution to the existing pollution of air by diesel buses without demanding any change in the current engine design.

We hope to see a substantial breakthrough in both the technologies’ acceptance in India by the end of 2016.

   Hero Future Energies Pvt. Ltd. (HFE)

• Mr Rahul Munjal participated in a panel discussion organized during the Make In India Week, on February 15th 2016 in Mumbai. He    shared his views on role of corporate on International Solar Alliance. (Photographs and theme paper as attachment)

• Hero Future Energies Pvt. Ltd. (HFE), renewable energy venture of the Hero Group recently announced issuance of India’s first    certified climate bond for expansion of its wind portfolio, through its wind holding entity. The entity has secured a funding of    INR 300 crore through issuance of rated and secured non-convertible debentures. The Climate Bonds Initiative, which is an    international, investor-focused not-for- profit     organization, issues this certification under robust framework for monitoring,    reporting and assurance of conformance with the relevant Climate Bonds Initiative standards. The certificate for conformance with    Climate Bonds standard has been issued following an independent third party assurance.    (link: energies-gives- indian-re- market-its-first-certified- climate-bond/)

• Our MD, Rahul Munjal at #COP21 discussing the success story of #renewables in India. (Image Appended) Blog link:    ( the-forefront- post-cop- 21/). Our     CEO, Sunil Jain addressed a    conference organised by CII in New Delhi as a round up session post COP 21. (Image appended)

•  Interesting & significant developments that have taken place in the last one year by your group companies in the Green Energy    space including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conservation, switching to     greener fuels, mitigation of carbon    emissions, environment protection, water conservation, cleanliness etc. which has led to sustainability.  

• Hero Future Energies have added significant new capacities across verticals in the last financial year.  Wind (Over 100 MW), Solar-Grid connected (40 MW) & Rooftop (Over 8 MW)

• Avoided over 340,000 tons equivalent of CO2 emission during this period

• Awards or recognitions that your group companies, you or your other personnel may have received in the area of Green Energy,    sustainability etc.   

• Rahul Munjal has been awarded ‘GLOBAL EXCELLENCE AWARD – 2014’ in Renewable Energy by Energy and Environment Foundation    (EEF)

 • He has been awarded ‘National awards for excellence’ as Renewable Energy Leader & Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 by World CSR    Congress

• HFE has won ‘National awards for excellence’ in the Renewable Energy category for Conventional Rooftop Installation of the year    2015 & Best Wind Farm of the Year 2015 by World CSR Congress

• You may also share any significant general news on green energy developments in India and abroad which you feel should definitely    be included in the newsletter.

 Industry wise:

   • First time solar installation reached around 5 GW with over 1.5 GW in single year
   • First time rooftop & off grid solar installation reached over 500 MW
   • Get to know the Indian Economy better, watch our CEO Mr. Sunil Jain in a‪#‎roundtable discussion

IL & FS Energy Development Company Limited

  IL & FS Energy Development Company Ltd

(Key Developments in FY 2015-16)
IEDCL’s corporate philosophy is to promote renewable energy as a long term green energy objective. The Company has a critical role to play in enabling sustainable growth of the power sector and achieved several key milestones in 2015-16 summarized below.

1) 40 MW PV Solar Power Project in Madhya Pradesh
IEDCL has secured a 25 year PPA from Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for a 40 MW Grid Connected Solar Power Project competitively bid under the JNNSM Phase II located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Project was successfully commissioned and synchronized with the grid and has commenced commercial operations in May 2015. The plant is expected to generate around 80 MUs by the end of March, 2016.

2) 12 MW Waste-to- Energy Project at Gazipur
The 12 MW Waste-to- Energy Project located in Ghazipur, East Delhi, showcases latest technology and is in advanced stage of commissioning. The project is designed to process 2000 tonnes of waste per day which constitutes around 30% of the total municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in Delhi. The project is designed to be euro compliant with regard to CO2 emissions.

3) 1 MW Solar Rooftop Project at Amity University
IEDCL through its subsidiary IL & FS Renewable Energy Limited (IREL) has installed a 1 MW Solar Rooftop Power Station at the Amity University’s campus at Noida on Build Own Operate & Transfer (BOOT) model for 15 years. The plant is operational from 7th March, 2015. The implementation of the project has been achieved at a record time of less than 2 months from the start date of construction. The plant has shadow free area of about 6704 sq. m. on the terrace of 15 buildings. The power generated from the rooftop
solar project is designed to meet the building loads throughout the week. The project will generate 1533 MUs of electricity and reduce CO2 emissions by 1532 tonnes on an annual basis.

4) Wind Portfolio
IEDCL has the second largest wind portfolio in the country. As on date, the operational capacity is 760 MW. The operational wind farms are spread across seven States comprising of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.

5) Biomass Portfolio
IEDCL through its subsidiary, IL&FS Renewable Energy Limited (IREL), has developed biomass power projects and currently has an operational biomass portfolio aggregating to 105 MW. The operational biomass power portfolio comprises of two bagasse based cogeneration power projects aggregating to 80 MW and two biomass based power projects aggregating to 25 MW. These projects are in the states of Punjab and Maharashtra. The two biomass projects directly or indirectly provide employment to more than 5000 rural labour for 7-8 months in a year.

6) Advisory Mandates (EESL – LED Street Lighting)
Apart from the development and implementation of its own power projects, IEDCL also provides comprehensive advisory services to various public and private entities in the areas of generation, transmission, distribution, energy efficiency as well as demand side management.

IEDCL has identified “Energy Efficiency” as an important area to work with which can also contribute to the sustainable development of the country. IEDCL has signed MoU with Energy Efficiency Services Limited to work together in Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana as a Program Manager for LED Retrofitting of Street Lights.

  YES Bank Ltd

1. Significant Developments:

Green Bonds:

The YES BANK Green Bond issue launched on February 16, 2015 for 80 mn USD plus green shoe option witnessed very strong demand from leading Indian investors including Insurance companies, Pension & Provident Funds, Foreign Portfolio Investors, New Pension Schemes and Mutual Funds, resulting in a total subscription of 160 mn USD and was closed on February 24, 2015. The bonds are for a tenor of 10 years, coupon rate 8.85%. KPMG, India is providing the Assurance Services annually, on the use of proceeds in accordance with the Green Bond principles (GBP). In accordance with the GBP, amount raised will be used to finance Green Infrastructure Projects in Renewable Energy including Solar Power, Wind Power, Biomass, and Small Hydel Projects.

Subsequently, IFC issued a 5-year green Masala bond on LSE, the first green bond issued in the offshore rupee markets. The bond raised 3.15 billion rupees (50 mn USD) for private sector investments that address climate change in India. IFC is investing the proceeds of the bond in a green bond issued by YES BANK. The IFC green Masala bond is issued under IFC’s $3 billion offshore rupee Masala bond program. Under the program, IFC has issued bonds worth over 103 billion rupees in a range of tenors, including a ten-year, 10 billion rupee-denominated bond that is the first Masala bond listed on the London Stock Exchange. IFC has also issued onshore Maharaja bonds under a $2.5 billion program for issuances in India’s domestic capital
markets.The bonds are for a tenor of 10 years (coupon/interest rate 6.45%)

The board of SEBI has recently approved the guidelines for green bond issuances in India, which include procedures for listing green bonds, relevant incremental disclosures and the need for independent third party reviewer/ certifier/ validator.

COP21 Announcements:

YES BANK made a major announcement for mobilizing USD 5 billion towards its commitment to climate finance in India, on the occasion of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 climate summit held in Paris. YES BANK aims to mobilize this USD 5 billion from 2015 to 2020 for climate action through lending, investing and raising capital towards mitigation, adaptation and resilience. To achieve holistic impact and aid India’s target of meeting its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), the bank also committed to achieve the following by 2020:

     • Target funding of 5,000 MW of clean energy
     • Gradually increase percentage of Renewable Energy in its power portfolio
     • Contribute towards creating a carbon sink by planting 2 million trees
     • Touch 100 million lives through its safe and clean drinking water program
     • Offset Carbon Emissions of the bank’s operations

The Bank’s commitment is especially significant as it is the youngest Indian private sector bank in operation and holds the only greenfield banking license awarded by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), in the last 17 years. Through these commitments YES BANK pledges to strengthen overall environment sustainability.

Towards funding India’s NDCs it is estimated that USD 2.5 trillion is needed by 2030. The need for climate finance is steadily increasing in India, which is demonstrated by India’s target to achieve 175 GW Renewable Energy by 2022. Currently, this market is experiencing an expansive growth with an additional capacity of over 4,000 MW of clean energy being added every year. YES BANK had exposure 1065 MW of Renewable Energy projects including solar, wind and biomass as of March 2015, and holds a leadership position in this space.

Commitment to Renewable Energy:

YES BANK was the first Indian private sector bank to take a commitment of 500 MW at the last UN Climate summit, held in September 2014, only to overachieve the by financing 1100 MW of RE, and taken a 5000 MW commitment for the next 5 years at the RE Invest held in February 2015.

Participation at the Clean Energy Finance Forum

India’s leading multi-stakeholder group committed to finding the right mix of policy reforms and incentives to bring private capital financing to the Indian renewable energy sector. The Forum is composed of leaders from Indian and international financial, investment, development and government policy spheres. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, World Bank, Khemka Foundation and FICCI have teamed up with the U.S. Embassy to make a difference. The forum follows a four track process, focusing on the following:

  • Counterparty risk
  • Domestic Banking and Capital Markets
  • Concessional Finance & International Investment
  • Government Incentives - Fiscal Tradeoffs & Policies

YES BANK is the co-chair for the Domestic Banking and Capital Markets, and has submitted a white paper that includes key issues and recommendations to improve clean energy financing through proactive role of banks and capital markets.

Energy Efficiency:

After the successful launch of a first of its kind CSR program ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’ in FY 2014-15, YES BANK is positively impacting 334 MSMEs by scaling up the initiative in FY 2015-16. The program intends to improve the working conditions of 7,500 workers in 250 MSMEs through multifaceted Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) interventions and enhance energy efficiency in the range of 15-20% in 84 MSMEs thereby reducing 5,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Under the program’s first phase in FY 2014-15, OHS systems were strengthened in 50 foundry MSMEs benefitting 907 workers, and energy efficiency projects were implemented in 20 MSMEs reducing nearly 2,000 Metric Tons of CO 2 emissions. For the second phase of the initiative, YES BANK has partnered with Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC) and Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) to scale up the initiative across 9 states.

Reducing Carbon Emissions:

Benchmarking continual improvement and exponential growth in the Indian Banking space, YES BANK has achieved significant internal natural resource consumption efficiencies towards minimizing its carbon footprint. YES BANK is the first commercial bank in India to achieve the ISO 14001:2004 certification in 2013 to align Bank’s Environment Management System as per international standard. Till March 2015, 184 YES BANK locations, including 75 cluster hubs, 106hubs and 3 corporate offices, have been ISO 14001:2004 certified. Through a greater owner- manager-partner behavior and participation among all relevant internal stakeholders, the bank has been able to demonstrate its strict compliance with the requirements of the certification and strengthen measurement and management of its carbon footprint. The certification is based on the Bank’s Environmental Management Policy that was released in 2012 and firmly outlines the Bank’s commitment to achieve a 5% reduction in its carbon emissions intensity through broad- level actions. The Bank aims to achieve the revised ISO 14001:2015 compliance in the coming financial year. Environmental Mitigation Initiatives Aggressive awareness creation around electricity, paper, water, diesel conservation in day-to- day activities through: Wide circulation of resource conservation mailers, signage and posters Periodical trainings on Environmental Management System through mandatory quizzes, workshops, among others involvement of employees in ideas generation and their implementation.

2. Awards and Recognition received by YES BANK in this year, FY 22015-16

First Indian Bank to be on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, in the Emerging Markets Index:

The DJSI is the world’s first and largest global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies worldwide. The DJSI list for 2015 was released on September 10, 2015. For 2015, DJSI invited 3400 of the world’s largest companies from the developed and emerging markets to participate in the annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), and assessed 85% of the invited universe’s free float market cap. The CSA consists of over 100 financially material criteria.

Leadership in Climate Change Disclosure for fifth consecutive year:

In recognition of the Bank’s efforts in climate change and sustainability space, YES BANK scored 98 points out of the maximum 100 points, on the CDLI leader board, making it a joint 3 rd on the India leader-board at the CDP Climate Change Report 2015, India Edition, among the 62 companies that responded to CDP. The report recognizes companies with the highest level of disclosures on climate change mitigation, adaptation and transparency. YES BANK has also been selected into the 2015 Channel News Asia Sustainability Rankings, featuring the top 100 Asian organizations on sustainability

Golden Peacock Award for CSR 2015 at the Institute of Director’s 10th International Conference on CSR, February 2016:

YES BANK was presented the award on account of its initiatives in Corporate Social Responsibility promoting sustainable development and is a powerful self-assessment process and a way to build an organizations’ brand equity on & Corporate Social Responsibility'. The award closely follows YES BANK’s win in the Golden Peacock Award for Sustainability 2015 earlier this financial year. YES BANK was earlier also awarded the Golden Peacock award for Environment in 2014, CSR in 2013 and Global Award for Sustainability in 2012.
Green Bond Awards, February 2016 in the National Pioneer category, February 2016:

YES BANK was presented the award for “First green bond – India” in the National Pioneer category in the awards initiated by the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international, investor- focused not-for- profit focusing on mobilizing the bond market for climate change solution

Asia Sustainability Reporting Award 2015 in the “Asia’s Best Community Reporting” category, January, 2016:  

YES BANK was awarded in the prestigious category of “Asia’s Best Community Reporting” for showcasing the Bank’s unique community engagement program – YES COMMUNITY, a knowledge exchange and awareness platform for the communities around its 750 branches on socially and environmentally pertinent issues. Through YES COMMUNITY, the Bank has addressed critical issues like safe drinking water, school drop outs, women’s health and road safety measures amongst others, and has successfully touched more than 500,000 lives in 2014-15. The Awards were organized by CSR Works International, Singapore’s leading provider of sustainability services

Praj Industries Ltd.

Praj enables a European customers to achieve Best of Both the Worlds with NextGenEcoSmart Technology
Praj recently commissioned the first plant based on its inhouse developed, breakthrough EcoSmart technology in Poland. This 200,000 liter per day multi-products distillery is capable of producingfuel and beverage grade ethanol.

This project was special to us for two reasons. This is the first plant that employs the novel EcoSmart technology. This process is based on energy integration of distillation and dehydration sections. The distillation columns have been configured to secure the benefits of integration along with flexibility to produce different grades and concentration of ethanol as per market demand.

The plant engineering and construction took into account the climatic conditions in Poland which are extremely challenging. The region experiences temperatures as low as -20 degree Celsius in winter when the moderating influences are lacking.




  1. First High Grade Alcohol Plant based on novel Ecosmart technology
  2. Feedstock – corn/wheat
  3. Capacity – 20 MGPY
  4. Location – Poland
  1. Multi-product- fuel ethanol, superior quality Grain Neutral Spirit (vodka grade)
  1. Energy integrated Distillation and Dehydration System
  1. Energy Efficiency - uses 2.2 kg of steam / lit of alcohol (18.5 lbs/gal)
  1. Upto 40% water and energy reduction

The main driver for innovation comes from the fact that energy cost contributes ~25%to the opexof the plant. Energy is used not only to process products but also to treat water and wastewater. The more energy the plant consumes, more the water required within the plant and vice versa. This creates a vicious cycle and the plant cost only escalates making the distillery more and more unviable.

Objective of the innovation
The objective of this technology innovation was to reduce consumption of energy by more than 30 % compared to latest benchmark in the industry while enhancing product quality 

The Innovation
Praj has developed several energy saving schemes which integrates energy across the plant delivering lowest energy cost and enhanced product quality (if the case of beverage alcohol).  The Innovation termed as EcoSmart suite of technologies also helps quick scale up of plant without investing substantially into capex.  For example, any capacity enhancement would mean investing into a new boiler which involves substantial capex. With the steam integration, as part of the EcoSmart technology, one does not need higher steam consumption.  The plant also enables the distilleries in diversifying their portfolio of end-products.

As this innovation takes root, we expect the industry benchmark with respect to steam and water to move down by 30-35%.

Praj has made significant efforts to fast track innovation and commercialization.Praj Matrix, the R & D Center located in Pune, which is at the heart of innovation works with CIAT to deliver well-honed technologies.  It has 5 Centres of Excellence with 100+ scientific personnel.The R & D Center was set up way back in 1991. It is a testimony to Praj’s commitment to Innovation.




Past Events

Global Bamboo Summit
At Brilliant Convention Center, Indore
Date: 8-10 April, 2016

Global Bamboo Summit was held on 8-10April, 2016 at Brilliant Convention Centre Indore, Madhya Pradesh mutually organized by Indian Federation of Green Energy & M.P Bamboo Mission. GBS was embraced by dignitaries Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Hon'ble Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh Shri Dr. Gauri Shankar Shejwar, Hon'ble Forest Minister Govt of MP, Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon'ble Minister, Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Govt. of India, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon'ble Minister, Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, Govt. of India, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Hon'ble Speaker of Lok Sabha, India, Shri Anna Saheb M. K. Patil, Vice Chairman, IFGE & Former Minister, Govt. of India, Shri Prakash Javadekar Hon' Minister of State (Independent Charge) Environment,Forests and Climate Change, Govt. of India, Shri Jitendra Agrawal PCCF (JFM/Bamboo Mission/E&R) Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and delegates/visitors  from all parts of India and abroad.

Event was well supported by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Ministry of Tribal Affairs and associate partner YES Bank.

Primary Objective: Soliciting global cooperation in bamboo sector making bamboo as the change agent for poverty alleviation and climate change.

Objectives Of Global Bamboo Summit-2016
  • Discuss and exchange opinions about the challenges faced by growers, artisans, entrepreneurs and machinery manufacturers.      Growers, artisans, entrepreneurs and machinery manufacturers.
  • Discuss ways to deal with the procurement of bamboo, its cultivation and policy issues.
  • Provide information about the recent international trends with regard to bamboo products, its industrial usage, designs and      consumers preferences
  • Facilitate cooperation amongst key technology developers, designers, entrepreneurs and banking institutions.
  • To discuss the importance of bamboo in economic and social development of backward and unserved districts, where bamboo is in      abundance.
  • To promote the enterprise development.
  • To deliberate on improving the efficiency of bamboo artisans and manufacturers.


Session on Promotion of Green Energy in the Maritime Sector at MIS 2016
At Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai 400063
Date: 15th April 2016

The two and half hour session was held at 11.00 AM at the Board Room of the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre organized by Indian Federation of Green Energy and Visakhapatnam Port Trust. The Session was chaired by Shri PL Haranadh, Dy. Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust due to unavailability of Shri Shri  M.T. Krishna Babu, IAS, Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust.

The session was inaugurated by Shri Annasaheb MK Patil, Founder Vice Chairman of IFGE Chairman, MNRE Committee on Biofuels & former Minister, Government of India, who spoke extensively on the role of Green Energy in all aspects of life with focus on maritime and port sector.

Mr. Haranadh gave a comprehensive presentation on port sector and use of green energy with focus on the various ports trusts of India. He also appraised the delegates and participants of the developments that have taken place in VPT.

The session was addressed by four very eminent speakers. Brief conclusions of the speakers are given below:

1. Mr. T K Ghosh, Vice President, Emami Biotech Ltd made a presentation on ‘Biodiesel – An Overview with Haldia Port case study’.     The details of biodiesel manufacturing, its properties, its various uses were highlighted. Its application in Haldia port was     explained. He recommended biodiesel 5% or higher blend can be taken up by all ports in India without any technical problem.

2. Dr. Reddy, Sr. Manager, Solar Projects, Solar Energy Corporation of India: – Current Trends in Renewable Energy in India and     Prospect for Building Green Ports. He informed about SECI and its role in promoting solar energy in India and the port sector.

3. Mr. S. Subbian, Assistant Vice President, Gamesa Renewable Pvt. Ltd explained the Wind Energy Status in India and Potential in     Maritime Sector. After explaining the role of his company in Wind and Solar sector, he recommended the ports sector should     examine the possibility of using breakwaters for utilizing the high wind potential of offshore at much lower costs.

4. Mr.Sanjay Mandavkar, Executive Vice President, Yes Bank made a comprehensive presentation on Financing and Funding of Green     Energy Projects. He explained the leading role of Yes Banks in funding Green     Energy projects in India. He gave details of     various methods of financing and the process involved. He recommended that low cost finance was required

Dr. Vidya Murkumbi, President, IFGE & Chairperson Renuka Sugars Ltd summed up the presentation made by the speakers and highlighted the importance of various types of green energy applications in the maritime sector. She also underscored the importance of financing and funding of projects.
Mr. Jai Uppal, Director General, IFGE, gave a vote of thanks and expressed deep gratitude for all the Mr Annasaheb Patil, Mr Haranadh, the learned speakers, the distinguished audience for participating in this important event.


  • Biodiesel 5% or higher blend can be taken up by all ports in India without any technical problem.
  • The high wind potential of offshore wind can be utilized at a significantly lower costs by using breakwater
  • Solar sector opportunities need to be fully utilized by taking advantage of various incentives being offered including banking of power
  • Ready availability of low cost finance is a essential for Green Energy sector to take off in Maritime Secto


Roundtable on Formulating Sustainable Policies & Roadmap for Enhancing Ethanol Blending
Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Goregaon East, Mumbai
Date: April 15, 2016    Time: 05.30 PM to 08.00 PM

This well attended Roundtable of experts commenced with welcome by Shri Annasaheb MK Patil of Gadkari ji and all other members of the Roundtable. Shri Patil gave an outline of the status of Indian Ethanol Capacity and production. He emphasized that the production has to grow in order to meet the demand. Anna sahib informed about the successful diversification of feedstocks of Ethanol with use of maize and other grains.

Dr. Mrs. Murkumbi talked about the challenges facing the ethanol industry. This specially related to fluctuations due to drought in Maharashtra and Karnataka this year. However, with good monsoon predicted, there may be again bumper product next year then again a new cycle of glut will follow. She wanted suggestions from members how to get over the problems that we are facing this year. She also wanted extra price of Ethanol where transport distance is over 300 km to make it viable.

Nitin Gadkari ji, informed the members that the Government has done its duty by giving attractive price. It is now for the industry to come forward and make adequate quantity available for Ethanol Blending Program. He further added that with this year being drought year, and the sugar price firming up, sugar cane juice and B heavy Molasses will not be turned into Ethanol. Therefore, how we can we assure that we meet the increased demand for 5% and 10% for blending. There is also prospect for running busses on 100% Ethanol and also of Ethanol diesel blend to the extent of 7.7%. He suggested that Ethanol from biomass and other feedstocks such as corn needs to be looked at seriously. The industry should come with the solution.

The DG of All India Distiller’s Association expressed his concern that some states such as Haryana, UP have started imposing import duty, export duty and also permit fee on Ethanol, which is against the spirit of constitution and ruling of the Supreme Court. The central government should do something about this so that Ethanol program can be implemented in streamlined fashion. The minister asked the members to give recommendations on the subject.

Some participants complained of the lack of storage capacity and trucks have to wait for as long as a week before unloading. Some depots are not taking their due quota and have stopped taking Ethanol already. It was informed that such member should give their submissions in writing to IFGE for taking up the issue. Mr. Ramakrishna informed that he would look into the matter if information is provided to IFGE by concerned parties. He informed that OMCs were aware of the problem and were trying to sort out the problem of storage which would be soon resolved.

Mr. Ramakrishna also informed that a report is being prepared on Cellulosic Ethanol. He said that there is a proposal to hold half day session on Cellulosic Ethanol with Technology provided so as to give impetus to the program. IFGE offered to organize this session. Viability gap funding will be provided by the government and a proposal will soon be announced.

Mr. Ramakrishna and Mr. Ravi Gupta also informed that India exports 3 mill tonnes of Corn that can be used for producing Ethanol to increase supplies in the market. Shri Annasaheb informed that successful corn based alcohol plant already existed and the technology and financial viability had been established.

Mr Uppal informed that attempts were made to set up plants based on Sweet Sorghum, Tropical Sugar Beet and B heavy molasses and Sugarcane juice. The economics of this was calculated in study carried out by ADB for ministry of finance, in which he was involved.

Mr Vivek Pittie that in Bihar several proposals were there to set up corn based alcohol plants but according to his knowledge none of them have fructified till date. He would now examine the issue seriously.  He informed the participants about the latest status of Bihar after the imposition of prohibition. He informed most of rectified spirit is likely to be converted to Ethanol as there is no other viable option.

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Hon’ble Minister, Shri Gadkari, Shri Annasaheb Patil, Shri YB Ramakrishna, Mrs. Murkumbi and all other participants.


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Biodiesel, America’s Advanced Biofuels has no problem taking on the coldest winters. Last year, Harvard University stayed functional by having a fuel management plan when nearly 10 feet of snow hit the campus.

David E. Harris Jr., Harvard’s Director Transit and Fleet Management, reports they had no problems even on the most frigid days. “After the snowiest and coldest winter since we started using biodiesel 11 years ago, we were up and running providing transit service and keeping campus operations running smoothly,” Harris said. “Biodiesel is the fuel that helped us do that.”

Harris Jr. understands that there are general practices that keep biodiesel performing in cold temperatures. He also understands these guidelines aren’t any different than the ones he would take with a petroleum diesel vehicle. The most important decision in maintaining performance in cold temperatures is fuel quality. Using ASTM approved fuel from a reputable supplier is essential.

After locating a quality fuel source and reputable supplier developing a fuel management plan will help get your fleet through the winter. Discuss fuel additives and testing practices with your supplier to ensure your fleet won’t miss a beat. Harris manages 75 vehicles and over 100,000 gallons of biodiesel a year by having a solid fuel management plan that includes the proper additives and handling.

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Clean Water
The tragic loss of lives from the lack of safe drinking water in the aftermath of the tsunami in Indonesia and the hurricane in Louisana, motivated inventor Micheal Pritchard to find a solution.7
After developing many prototypes, he designed an innovative handheld water purification device that creates fresh water instantly.

The Life Saver bottle removes bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi and all microbiological pathogens from contaminated water without the use of chemicals and lasts for years with very little maintenance.
Accepted for use by military forces, Lifesaver has also received a technological development award for green inventions.

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Recycling Paper
Sawa Hiroshi is an engineer employed by the Oriental Development Company in Japan to develop green inventions.
"Global warming is a serious environmental problem and we wanted to develop an eco-friendly recycling product," says the 37 year-old inventor.

"We wanted zero-emissions and something that was economical and would contribute to conservation."
Funded by Oriental Development and Sanko Electronics, Sawa focused his efforts on an invention that would recycle waste paper. He invented a small-scale recycling machine that converts waste paper into toilet paper.
Paper is thrown into a hopper and the machine untangles, shreds and uses hot water to dissolve the paper into a pulp.

The machine then automatically adjusts the consistency of the pulp, removes any foreign particles, dries and compresses it into sheets and rolls it into toilet paper that exits out the other end.
It takes about 30 minutes to make a roll and each one is made with the equivalent of 40 sheets of standard size office paper.

Over a period of a year the machine would save about 60 cedar trees.

This green invention, affectionately named the "White Goat", has already won awards for innovation and is expected to be available for distribution later this year.

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Vertical Farming
Vertical farming is an eco-friendly architectural concept for cultivating food within skyscrapers.
It uses green inventions and green technologies related to hydroponics, aeroponics and agua-farming to economically produce food for personal and communal consumption.
It is estimated that over the next four decades, our population will increase by 3 billion people and that 80% of us will be living in cities.

Many scientists are concerned that the amount of land required to feed us in the future will not be available nor will it be economically or environmentally sustainable.
Currently, the amount of land required to produce food for 6.8 billion people on earth is equivalent to the continent of South America. In four decades, we will require an additional 2 billion acres for cultivating food. But that much arable land doesn't exist.

Global warming and geological events will continue to create extreme weather conditions causing frost, floods, droughts, hailstorms, wildfires and torrential rainfalls that will severely effect the economics and sustainability of our food supply.

India has the world's second largest population and is experiencing extreme changes in temperatures and rainfall patterns.
It is predicted that within this century, India will lose 30% of it's agricultural production. So as the population increases, scientists are wondering - "Where are we going to get food?"

Currently, seventy-percent of available freshwater is used for agricultural irrigation, which subsequently contaminates our diminishing supply of fresh water with pesticides and herbicides.
Transporting food thousands of miles is also becoming increasingly impractical and unsustainable because of the rising costs of gasoline and diesel fuel.
In the United States, it is estimated that twenty-percent of all fossil fuel consumption is used for agriculture.

Dickson Despommier, a microbiologist and professor of environmental health sciences at Columbia University, is credited with popularizing the concept of vertical farming.
The idea originated from an assignment given to his students to determine how 2 million inhabitants of Manhattan could be fed from crops produced on 13 acres of rooftop gardens.

It was discovered that only 2% of the population could be fed from these gardens so vertical farming became an alternative solution.

Vertical farming stacks and grows plants "vertically" in skyscrapers and uses mineral enriched water instead of soil. It also uses the recycling concept of aquaponics where fish are cultivated in tanks and their waste provides nutrients for edible plants that reciprocate by filtering the water for the fish.

Advances in green inventions are making vertical farming a reality. The Illinois Institute of Technology is currently designing such a project for the city of Chicago.

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Printable solar panels
Unlike most solar panels, which use cells made of silicon, solar inks can be printed on to rolls of plastic up to A3 size. The ink can be applied through various methods, including spray coating and screen printing.

Lightweight, low-cost and flexible the solar ink can be applied on to a range of materials and devices, from windows to consumer packaging, smartphones to computers.

“You can put these cells anywhere you can think of,” says Fiona Scholes, a research scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science agency. The organisation has been developing the product for the past eight years and put the printable cells on their own roof more than two years ago.

Although Scholes says the technology “is more or less ready to go” for low-power applications, the product is some way from meeting the performance standard of the commonly used silicon-based devices and is still many times less efficient.


Floating wind turbines
Scottish seas will soon play host to the world’s largest floating wind farm, after the government approved a project brought by oil and gas giant Statoil two weeks ago.
The five 6MW floating wind turbines, interconnected with cables and attached to the ocean floor through an anchoring system, will be the first in UK waters and is expected to generate enough energy to power 20,000 homes.               
“The development of floating offshore wind could be a gamechanger for the industry,” says Paul Mitchell,
the director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy.
“The key for wider deployment will be down to decreasing  the cost of producing electricity relative to other forms of  power generation and of course government policy,” he added. There are already two other projects at earlier stages of development  in Scotland with others underway in Norway, Portugal, the US and Japan.

But more research is needed to monitor how they interact with  the environment and it is likely to be at least five years before they are commercially viable, says Mitchell.


Solar balloons for refugee camps
During humanitarian disasters, generating energy is an immediate priority for relief agencies. In refugee camps, which are often in remote locations far from access to the national grid, diesel generators are most commonly used, although they can be difficult to locate and transport in a conflict zone and expensive to operate. Now a team of French designers think they have found an environmentally friendly solution: solar-powered balloons. Zephyr balloons have a diameter of 4m and could provide enough energy to supply 50 people , power a makeshift hospital or a telecommunications unit. Electricity is sent back to the ground where it can be stored in a battery or used immediately. The product, comparable to the Google owned Makani wind kites, attracted support from energy firm EDF after winning the French competition of the Dyson award. The teams are now looking to fundraise to build their first prototype which they expect will be ready by 2017, with the product on the market one year later. They say it could also be suitable for outdoor events, isolated communities and highly dense cities that lack floor space.


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