Research Papers

Framing green consumer behaviour research: opportunities and challenges

Narula Sapna A, Desore Anupriya
| 2016

This review article investigates existing research in green marketing with special reference to consumer behaviour and identifies challenges both in practice and research offering valuable insights for both the communities. While reviewing the existing literature in the paper, the authors define the scope of green marketing as a standalone discipline and discuss all aspects of green consumer behaviour and present opportunities for researchers.

Factors Influencing Grid Interactive Biomass Power Industry

Banerjee Manjushree, Raman P
| 2016

Presently, in India only 13% of the total installed generating capacity of electricity is from renewable energy sources while 70 % of electrical power is generated using fossil fuels. Contribution of biomass to the total installed generating capacity of the electricity is mere 2%. As on today, only 23% of the total biomass power potential in India is utilized for power generation. The scope for the biomass power industry enhances with the recent ambitious target of biomass power of 10000 MW by 2022.

Evaluation of the performance of improved biomass cooking stoves with different solid biomass fuel types

Suresh R, Singh V K, Malik J K, Datta A, Pal R C
| 2016

We have studied the performance of different types of improved solid biomass cookstoves (Two natural draft and one forced draft) in comparison to the traditional cookstove (control) while preparing a particular meal with a variety of solid biomass fuels (e.g. fuel wood, dung cake and crop residue). Five replicates of each type of cookstove and fuel were maintained. The study was conducted in an Indian rural kitchen. There was no significant difference in the indoor concentrations of PM2.5 and CO when natural draft and traditional cookstoves were used with any type of solid fuel.

Enabling policies for advancing sustainability of electricity access programs

Bhattacharyya C Subhes, Palit Debajit
| 2016

As 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity globally, the challenge of ensuring universal electricity access in accordance with the Sustainable Energy for All initiative remains herculean. This chapter maps policy linkages, identifies the gaps in policies and recommends options for developing the enabling environment. The chapter suggests that the policy environment governing electricity access at present is weak and that improvements are required to deliver a sustainable outcome.

Emission Factors for Continuous Fixed Chimney Bull Trench Brick Kiln (FCBTK) in India

Suresh R, Kumar Sachin ,Mahtta Richa, Sharma Sumit
| 2016

Uncertainty in emissions from brick manufacturing is a major concern and more primary monitoring based datasets are required. This study presents latest emission factors for continuous fixed chimney bull trench brick kilns (FCBTK), which is the main technology used for brick production in India. Stack monitoring of kilns in a typical brick manufacturing cluster in India is carried out to monitor emissions of pollutants like PM, SO2 and CO. Average concentrations of PM, SO2 and CO in the stacks are measured to be 172±76, 114±47 and 484±198 mg/Nm3, respectively.

Elite hairy roots of Ocimum basilicum as a new source of rosmarinic acid and antioxidants

Srivastava Shivani, Conlan Xavier A, Adholeya Alok, Cahill David M.
| 2016

This study reports Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation of three cultivars of Ocimum basilicum for hairy root establishment, screening and selection for the production of rosmarinic acid and antioxidants. Hairy root development was found to be explant-specific and virulence-dependent. Distinct inter-cultivar morphological variability was found between the seven axenically developed hairy root lines and morphological traits were found to be correlated with the presence of aux2 genes, their expression and endogenous IAA content.

Economic Modeling, Analysis, and Policy for Sustainability

Goswami A, Mishra A (ed)
| 2016

As the global economy continues to grow and change, issues concerning sustainability practices have become more prevalent. The implementation of efficient sustainability procedures offers significant assistance in the development of modern economies. Economic Modeling, Analysis, and Policy for Sustainability focuses on interdisciplinary perspectives concerning the social, environmental, and economic spheres of sustainability science.

Comparison of Spatial Interpolation Methods for Mapping Rainfall in Indian Himalayas of Uttarakhand Region

Kumari Madhuri, Basisth Ashoke, Bakimchandra Oinam, Singh C K
| 2016

Reliable estimation of rainfall distribution in mountainous regions poses a great challenge not only due to complex relationships between irregular topography and precipitation, but also due to non-availability of abundant rainfall measurement points. This study presents a comparison of univariate and multivariate methods for spatial interpolation of rainfall in complex terrain of Indian Himalayas in Uttarakhand region.

Comparative study of dielectric and mechanical properties of HDPE-MWCNT-SiO2 nanocomposites

T A Praveen, Rajan J Sundara, R R N Sailaja
| 2016

Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT?s) and Nano-Silicon dioxide (SiO2) reinforced HDPE composites have been developed. The MWCNT and Nano- SiO2 filler content was varied up to 5 wt% in HDPE with the addition of Polyethylene grafted glycidyl methacrylate compatibilizer and 3-aminopropyl triethoxy silane coupling agent. The dielectric and mechanical properties of the HPDE nanocomposites have been investigated in this study. Addition of MWCNT and Nano-SiO2 are observed to enhance the tensile strength and modulus of the nano-composites.

Communities and Sustainable Practices: Lessons from the Traditional Fisher Communities

Yatish Lele, Parasnis Anjali
| 2016

Traditional fishing communities have always relied on set of codes and practices, developed over ages. Although the penetration of modernized fishing techniques has helped increase the income, it has also led to overexploitation. This paper is about the sustainable practices followed by the traditional fishers in India which ensures environmental sustainability. The possibility of these practices getting merged with the current practices and policies to achieve sustainability is discussed.