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CAG will conduct a campaign to spread awareness about trans fats on 12th November 2019 (10:45am to 12:15pm) on the occasion of Children’s Day 2019, at RK Rangammal Kalvi Nilayam HSS School, Coimbatore.  

The FSSAI has proposed to limit the amount of trans fat content in vegetable oils, vegetable fats, and hydrogenated vegetable oil to less than 2 per cent by weight as part of its goal to make India trans fat–free by 2022. CAG’s focus is to support effective implementation of the national trans fat regulations in the state of Tamil Nadu. To this end, CAG plans to conduct several public events to promote healthy eating habits, and create awareness about the harmful effects of trans fats.

Consumers play a critical role in the food chain for their food choices and consumption patterns have a direct impact on their health. Consumers have the right to be able to access legitimate information about foods that can harm them. At the event there will be presentations by experts on harmful effects of trans fats on health, suggestions on identifying food items containing trans fats, disadvantages of using used cooking oil, and government's initiatives to regulate trans fat in food items.

Supporting the Implementation of National Trans Fat Regulations in the State of Tamil Nadu

Consumer Protection

Highlights

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  • Electric Vehicles - Part 2
  • State power demand down over 4% year-on-year in August
  • Assets of 21 major electricity thieves sealed by city court
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Order
  • Australia could produce 200% of energy needs from renewables by 2050, researchers say
  • ECC Voice - Know your appliance and their electricity consumption 

Plus Publications/Regulations:

  • State Rooftop solar Attractiveness Index (SARAL) for FY2018-19, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE)
  • Clarification on applicability of subsidy for individual residential households for installation of rooftop solar system under phase - II of grid-connected rooftop solar programme, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), 
  • Transforming the energy system – and holding the line on the rise of global temperatures, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

News media has a significant role to play in keeping the masses informed, shaping public opinion, setting the public agenda and in turn, enhancing public participation in the decision making process. This study examines the extent and nature of focus that news media extends to the subject of electricity in Tamil Nadu.

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Consumer Protection

CAG is organising a program on World Food Day 2019 in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Department for the students of Women's Christian College on 16 Oct 2019. Th objective of the event is to stress about healthy food habits, eating nutritionally rich and balanced meals, and the ill effects of trans fats. 

Supporting the Implementation of National Trans Fat Regulations in the State of Tamil Nadu

Consumer Protection

In this letter to TANGEDCO, CAG appeals to move to decarbonised energy plan for Tamil Nadu. Plan for realistic growth in electricity demand. Improve performance of existing coal plants instead of building new plants. Solarise the state through rooftop solar and agrivoltaics. 

 

Environment and Climate Action

Highlights

  • Consumer guide to grid-connected rooftop solar - Part 3
  • Electric Vehicles - Part 1
  • TN power consumers hail 'must run status' of energy projects
  • India added record 1836 MW of rooftop solar power in last fiscal: Report
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Order
  • Canada's 'largest' solar project gets green light for construction
  • ECC Voice - Success Story (ECC, Tiruvannamalai)

Plus Publications/Regulations:

  • Are Solar Pumps a Panacea for Irrigation, Farmer Distress and Discom Losses? CSE, August, 2019
  • Operational guidelines for implementation of phase- II of grid-connected  rooftop solar programme for achieving cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW from rooftop solar by 2022. MNRE, August, 2019 

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

It's a well-known fact that consumer plastics and plastic packaging contain compounds that are toxic. In addition to this, there are many chemicals in each plastic product that remain largely unidentified. Till date a comprehensive characterization of the complex chemical mixtures present in plastics is missing and this study aims at creating baseline for the same.
Spoiler alert! Compostable plastics are no exemption to this!

Zero Waste Cities Collaborative

Solid Waste Management

Waste incineration is increasingly promoted as a sustainable solution for waste management through out the world even though it is at the bottom of the waste hierarchy. This study highlights how incinerator technology and infrequent maintenance schedules have been strongly linked with adverse health effects. Waste minimisation is the need of the hour!

Zero Waste Cities Collaborative

Solid Waste Management

The draft National Resource Efficiency Policy was published by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in July 2019 with the aim to promote sustainable and efficient use of our natural resources. However, the Policy and the Action Plan it envisages for its implementation, raise several questions on its intent and efficacy to adequately address the issue. The document is a list of comments and proposed changes to the Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy so as to incorporate a critical pathway to address resource exploitation- of reducing consumption to sustainable levels. 

Environment and Climate Action

The power sector is one of the highly stressed sectors, responsible for 40% of the total stressed assets in India. We performed financial analysis of the IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company in Cuddalore, accused of environmental pollution in nearby villages and the struggling arm of IL&FS's coal based energy business.

Environment and Climate Action