France to make unrecycled plastic bottles more expensive

Views - 42 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

Paris (Reuters): France plans to make bottles produced with recycled plastic cheaper than bottles made from virgin plastic

JKH social entrepreneurship initiative Plasticcycle completes Southern Expressway project

Views - 47 Friday, 24 August 2018 00:00

JKH launched the Plasticcycle social entrepreneurship project in July 2017, which is an initiative aimed at reducing plastic

JLanka Technologies drives incorporation of solar technology in Sri Lanka’s educational curriculum

Views - 96 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

In the rapidly progressing solar and renewable energy landscape in Sri Lanka, JLanka Technologies – the foremost solar solutions provider of the country – has taken a leading role in promoting economical an

Green Energy Champion to promote renewable energy in SL

Views - 71 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

An initiative taken to uphold renewable energy in Sri Lanka, the Green Energy Champion 2017, recently awarded Rs. 14 million worth of facilities to the winners of its competition. The German Federal Foreign Office, together with the Ministry of Power

Electricity investments surpass oil, gas for second year running: IEA

Views - 46 Friday, 10 August 2018 00:10

London (Reuters): Global electricity investments exceeded those in oil and gas for the second year running in 2017 due to more spending on grids but renewable energy investment fell after years of growth,

Brightening the Pearl in the Indian Ocean with hybrid renewables

Views - 139 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

The electricity powering and the lights of your house were generated just moments ago. The way things stands today

Camso Loadstar launches largest rooftop mounted solar system in bulk consumer category: 2.8 MWp

Views - 531 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

Camso Loadstar, one of the leaders in the “off the road” tyre manufacturing in Sri Lanka, has launched the single largest

SRIKOR partners with SAMJIN Korea to introduce new Human Centric Lighting system to SL

Views - 141 Wednesday, 25 July 2018 00:00

SRIKOR Incorporation Sri Lanka together with SAMJIN Company Ltd., introduced a new Human Centric LED Lighting

National Economic Council receives JICA Electricity Master Plan Study

Views - 123 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:21

On 10 July, a presentation on the final report of ‘The Project on Electricity Sector Master Plan Study’ was held at the National Economic Council (NEC) chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. The key Ministers in the cabinet, including the Min

MAS Holdings mount solar panels across its manufacturing plants in Sri Lanka

Views - 119 Thursday, 12 July 2018 00:19

MAS Holdings Ltd., the region’s number one design to delivery apparel and textile solutions provider, recently announced the launch of its pioneering renewable energy drive Photon. Implemented in line with the group’s key environmental goals, Pho

Lanka IOC’s XtraPremium 95 Petrol, Lanka Super Diesel now Euro 4 standard

Views - 200 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

In line with Government directive, Lanka IOC has made available Euro 4 emission standard fuels XtraPremium 95 Petrol (Euro 4) & Lanka Super Diesel (Euro 4) through its island wide retail network with effect from 2nd July 2018. As a responsible petr

CPC introduces environment-friendly low-emission Euro 4 fuel

Views - 87 Tuesday, 3 July 2018 00:00

Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) yesterday launched European Emission Standard Euro 4fuel. The introduction of Euro 4 fuel to the local energy sector will propel the Government’s vision to transform its core energy products to meet the European E

Asia fuel oil margins to be supported through mid-year on strong demand

Views - 32 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE (Reuters): Asian refining margins for fuel oil are set to hold near their current strong levels through the summer as increased use of the fuel by utilities to power air conditioners for cooling and disruptions to trade flows shrink global

Coal prices boosted by rare simultaneous demand from Asia’s top buyers: Russell

Views - 62 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

LAUNCESTON, Australia (Reuters): Coal prices in Asia are being driven to multi-year highs by a rare combination of simultaneous demand growth in the region’s top four importers.

Pope warns energy bosses of global destruction without fuel shift

Views - 26 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

Vatican City (Reuters): Pope Francis warned that climate change risked destroying humanity on Saturday (9 June) and called on energy leaders to help the world to convert to clean fuels to avert catastrophe.

Global oil demand to grow steadily in 2019 but trade risks loom: IEA

Views - 16 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): Oil demand will grow steadily in 2019 thanks to a solid global economy and stable prices, although trade tensions remain the largest risk, the International Energy Agency said yesterday.

Sri Lanka should not go for any more coal-powered electricity generation

Views - 93 Monday, 18 June 2018 00:00

In an article published in a Sunday newspaper of 7 January, the Citizens’ Movement for Good Governance (CIMOGG), employing a minimum of technical language, set out several compelling reasons why coal-powered electricity generation is wrong for Sri

Asia oil thirst tab $1 trillion a year as crude rises to $80

Views - 38 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

SINGAPORE/MUMBAI/MANILA (Reuters): Oil prices are poised to break through $80 per barrel and Asia’s demand is at a record

Expected LNG surplus evaporates, scramble for new projects looms

Views - 52 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00

ADELAIDE (Reuters): Liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers around the globe are once again considering new investments

South Asian practitioners learn from Korea’s successful experience in energy efficiency

Views - 31 Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:00 : Energy efficiency is emerging as one of the most viable options for climate change mitigation in South Asia,

CPC to venture into bulk bitumen next month

Views - 261 Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

State-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will venture into supplying bulk bitumen from next month and has the capacity to cater to 50% of country’s demand, a top official confirmed.

Fuel subsidy is only for kerosene: Finance Ministry

Views - 70 Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

The Ministry of Finance yesterday said that the fuel subsidy was only for kerosene given to low-income families and fishermen and there would be no subsidy for petrol or diesel.

No one can assure stable oil prices, says UAE energy minister

Views - 22 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

Reuters: No one can assure the stability of oil price, what we are concerned about is to ensure there is enough supply to satisfy the demand in future, said the energy minister of United Arab Emirates (UAE), Suhail Al-Mazroui, on Sunday (May 13) in A

Relief for Indian solar producers as government reneges on import duty

Views - 22 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has scrapped a duty on solar modules, making it easier to import the products after a sudden change in customs policy last year led to a logjam of shipments at Indian ports. Several consignments of solar modules, worth mor

California becomes first US state to require solar panels on new homes

Views - 43 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Builders in California will be required to fit solar panels on most new homes from 2020 under new building standards adopted last week, a move that is the first in the United States and could provi

Asia coal industry sees blue skies, ignores storm clouds

Views - 25 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (Reuters) - Asia’s coal miners, shippers and traders are seeing strong demand and rising prices for their fuel, and they expect this happy situation to persist for several years to come. It was a challenge to find anybody pessi

Experts call for concentration on clean energy technology

Views - 229 Tuesday, 15 May 2018 00:00

By Shannon Jayawardena Sri Lanka has an absolute need to concentrate on clean energy technology as it is crucial for the overall development of the country, highlighted the recently held clean energy seminar while focusing on solar PV, wind, hydrogen

Vietnam building more power plants as economic growth accelerates

Views - 47 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

Hanoi (Reuters) - PetroVietnam Power Corp, or PV Power, has been granted government approval to build two gas-fired power plants in southern Vietnam at a total cost of nearly $ 1.5 billion, its parent company said on Thursday. The Southeast Asian cou

General Electric to trial world’s largest wind turbine in Britain

Views - 31 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

London (Reuters): US conglomerate General Electric will test the world’s largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said. GE Renewable Energy, the renewable arm of the US firm, and the British government-funded Offshore Renewable E

Lockheed says ‘flow’ battery will boost use of renewable power

Views - 19 Tuesday, 1 May 2018 00:00

Washington (Reuters): Lockheed Martin Corp hopes to launch a new “flow” battery made of inexpensive, non-toxic materials that can help utilities save money and use more renewable energy, company officials said. “You open up a chance not only to

Today's Columnists

Politicians and cricketers: Expected role, selection and performance evaluation (Part 2)

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Before commenting on the selection process, it is better to understand the ground realities and the nature of the beasts. Sri Lanka has a good theoretical education system. This system prompts students to ‘Cram-Remember-Express’ or ‘Read-Rememb

Open letter to M.A. Sumanthiran, MP

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Happy Pongal, Mr Sumanthiran! You and I are from two very different generations. In fact you belong to my uncle’s generation (sadly I don’t get along very well with my uncle). You are a child of the ’70s. I’m a child of the 90s. In a more tex

Why Gota gave me a ‘Gotler’ feeling

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Bourgeoisie venues It is no accident that presidential-candidate hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa holds his Viyathmaga meetings in bourgeoisie spots. Once, it had been Shangri-La. Last Saturday, 12 January, it had been Waters Edge. Gota’s speech offered

A lie is also a truth

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a determined contender for the presidency. His trenchant lecture to activists of the Viyathmaga forum demonstrated the man’s spiritedness and impulse to act. He is a driven man. What drives him?

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