Union Beverage Packers (UBP), a leading bottling plant based in New Jersey and serving clients at the very top of the beverage industry, taking a significant step towards sustainability by adopting cutting-edge green technologies to reduce its CO2 footprint. In a strategic partnership with US Greengineers, a green energy consultant, and Signal Power Group, a Texas-based manufacturer of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems, UBP aims to lead the way in environmental stewardship while reaping substantial cost savings.
Driven by their commitment to environmental responsibility and staying at the forefront of innovation, UBP embarked on a mission to seek ways to minimize their carbon emissions. After meticulous evaluations of various available technologies, UBP’s CEO, Yaron Gohar, along with a team of green energy experts, zeroed in on the “Made in America” CHP solution offered by Signal Power Group.
The CHP system, which efficiently combines the generation of electricity and steam, will cater to the entire energy needs of the bottling factory. This switch is projected to halve the CO2 footprint of UBP’s operations, demonstrating a remarkable stride towards a greener future. Additionally, the implementation of the CHP system will result in a significant reduction of up to 50% in gas and electric costs, substantially boosting UBP’s financial performance.
“We are thrilled to introduce this revolutionary CHP solution that aligns with our vision of sustainability and environmental consciousness,” stated Yaron Gohar, CEO of Union Beverage Packers. “By adopting this cutting-edge technology, we expect to not only significantly reduce our carbon footprint but also generate substantial cost savings. Thanks to the support and excellent information provided by the New Jersey Clean Energy Program, we are confident that our investment will pay off in as little as 24 months.”
Amnon Sarig, CEO of US Greengineers, expressed his enthusiasm for UBP’s commitment to eco-friendly practices. “The decision to embrace green energy not only benefits the planet but also delivers significant financial advantages. Through exhaustive research, collaboration with governmental incentives, and selecting the best-in-class technology solution from Signal Power Group, we have successfully launched this transformative project. UBP’s dedication to sustainability showcases that being green can indeed make financial sense and lead to long-term success.”
The initiative underscores Union Beverage Packers’ continuous efforts to be an industry leader in adopting sustainable practices. By leveraging state-of-the-art technology and forging strategic partnerships, UBP is poised to inspire other enterprises to pursue greener alternatives while enjoying considerable economic benefits.
About Union Beverage Packers: Union Beverage Packers (UBP) is a New Jersey-based bottling plant serving prominent clients, Dedicated to exceptional quality and sustainability, UBP continues to drive innovation in the beverage packaging industry.
US Greengineers Inc Amnon Sarig 317-900-1128 https://usgreengineers.com Union Beverage Packers, Yaron GOhar CEO
RSETIs have trained 44 lakh youths of which nearly about 31 lakh candidates have settled so far
Giriraj Singh says, out of 44 lakh youths trained, about 29 lakhs are women candidates (about 66%), which underlines RSETIs mandate and role for “Women Empowerment”
14.28 Lakh trained candidates received cumulative credit to the tune of Rs.7200 crores from Banks and Financial Institutions at the behest of RSETIs
Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Shri Giriraj Singh has called for need-based skill mapping for employment and training to India’s youth, mainly in the rural areas. Noting that the quality of job training is important, the Minister urged to explore means to see how best the traditional trades can be integrated with electronic, education and training, IT & BPO and tourism and hospitality sectors to create more employment opportunities for the youth in the country.
The Minister was speaking after opening the new campus of the National Academy of Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institute (RUDSET) – NAR at Kumbalagodu in Bengaluru on today.
Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Basavaraj Bommai, Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Union Minister of State for Rural Development, Consumer Affairs, Food, and Public Distribution, Sri Faggan Singh Kulaste,
Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Steel, Dr. C N Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, and Livelihoods of Karnataka State, Sri S T Somasekhara, Minister of Co-operation of Karnataka State and Dr. Dr. Veerendra Heggade, MP and President, NAR joined the inaugural event.
Shri Giriraj Singh said, the Rural Self Employment Training Institutes – RSETIs have a significant role in building India into a major human resources hub and added that RSETIs have trained 44 lakh youths of which nearly about 31 lakh candidates have settled so far. The Minister also informed that of the total candidates trained, about 29 lakhs are women candidates, over 66 %, which proves that RSETIs are giving lot of importance to “Women Empowerment”.
Dr Giriraj Singh cited a United Nation’s report that says in the coming 20 years, India’s work force would grow by 32 per cent while the overall global manpower would dip by four per cent. He said that RSETIs are following up with the Banks and Financial Institutions to make available required credit to the trained candidates for their successful settlement. 14.28 Lakh trained candidates were credit linked and the cumulative credit disbursed is to the tune of Rs.7200 crores. The average level of credit linkage of RSETI trained candidates is 51%, the Minister added.
A sum of Rs 25 crores has been approved for the project of new campus of NAR in Bengaluru. The State Government has allotted 3.5 acres of land. At present, there are 590 RSETIs functioning covering 572 districts spreading over 27 States and six Union Territories. These include 33 RSETIs in Karnataka having trained 3.49 lakh unemployed youths so far. RSETIs are sponsored by 24 banks including banks in public, private, co-operative sectors and Garmin Banks.
In 1982, Canara Bank, erstwhile Syndicate Bank and SDME Trust, Dharmasthala pioneered the unique concept of Rural Development and Self Employment Training Institute (RUDSET) to address the problem of unemployment amongst the rural youth in the country under the leadership of Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari, Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala. The Ministry of Rural Development has since replicated RUDSETI model across the country and advised banks to set up Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) in each of their Lead District. The National Academy of RUDSETI-NAR, set up in 2008 entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rural Development Ministry in 2011 for providing training to youths in self-employment ventures.
Earlier, Shri Giriraj Singh formally opened the Hostel Block while Shri Bommai inaugurated the Admin Block of the new campus. The Chief Minister also addressed the gathering.
Shri Shailesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Rural Development, Government of India, Shri Karma Zimpa Bhutia, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, senior officers of Government of Karnataka and top bank executives attended the event.
An experience sharing session of successful RSETI trainees and distribution of bank loans to entrepreneurs also formed part of the programme.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Science & Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh today said, that Indian women are gradually evolving from participatory to leadership role and constitute an essential component of nation’s inclusive growth as envisaged by Prime Minister Modi.
Inaugurating a conference titled, “Women Leading Change in Health and Science in India” in New Delhi in the august presence of Ms. Melinda French Gates, Co-chair and Trustee Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr Jitendra Singh said, women leaders are a crucial part of the new India growth story, as projects, programmes and policies are now moving from women-specific to women-led, or we can say from an era of women participation to an era of women leadership.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, that the women power has already arrived, but there is a need for change in mindset. He said that time has come to avail the change being led by the women, as they are increasingly becoming initiators of policies, rather than passive consumers of government initiatives.
Dr Jitendra Singh referred to Prime Minister’s recent statement that India cannot achieve success if 50 per cent of the population being women are locked at home. He quoted Modi as saying, “From financial inclusion to social security, quality healthcare to housing, education to entrepreneurship, many efforts have been made to put our Nari Shakti at the forefront of India’s development journey. These efforts will continue with even greater vigour in the coming times”.
Dr Jitendra Singh lauded the noble intentions of Gates Foundations for committing around 40 million USD till July, 2022 through its collaboration with Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under Grand Challenges India (implemented by BIRAC) and the Foundation has an additional commitment of 25 million USD for the next five years. The Minister said, conferences like “Leading Change: Women in Health and Science in India” are good opportunities to showcase emerging changes in the way leadership is practised and perceived in India and how women can be promoted to leadership roles with the right mentoring and support. These platforms will certainly help in creating momentum toward parity and more gender-inclusive culture and policies, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh said that women scientists have carved a niche for themselves in science-based Start-ups, STEM, IT, Space, Nuclear Science, Drone and Nano-technology and informed that many of the big scientific projects including that of Gaganyaan are being led by women scientists. He said, the remarkable success of the second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2, led by two female scientists from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is an inspiration for all the women working in sectors like health, education, business, medicine, sports and agriculture.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, DBT and BIRAC have implemented a number of dedicated schemes and programs to promote women researchers and entrepreneurs across the country. The STEP-Support to Training and Employment Program launched under Start-up India initiative aims to provide skills that give employability to women and to provide competencies and skill that enable women to become self-employed/entrepreneurs.
In her address, Dr. Bharti Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said that under Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, there is a special focus on women and girl child and added the NDA government has provided a level-playing field to women along with men. She said, women are better equipped to take leadership roles when they are given self-esteem, an equal opportunity for decision-making, access to opportunities, and the ability to influence social change. Dr Pawar underlined that Modi government is taking pro-active steps to bring the women workforce at par with the men workforce in all aspect.
Ms. Melinda French Gates said that policies designed for women must be made by women themselves. She asserted that the women must have a greater say in the decision-making process for its ultimate success.
Ms Gates was happy to note that in the last two years the Indian Government has taken measures for making the country gender equal literally through the bottom-up approach. She also lauded the emergence of the direct cash transfer scheme of the Indian Government during COVID-19. She added that nearly 200 million received direct cash benefits, which led to their empowerment and greater societal benefit.
Dr Rajesh S. Gokhale, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology & Chairperson, BIRAC said that Department of Biotechnology always took positive endeavours to put women leaders at the top of decision-making process. He said, women entrepreneurs in DBT are playing an important role and 30 percent of them are supported by BIRAC.
Dr Alka Sharma, Senior Adviser, DBT & Managing Director, BIRAC said that role of women in India’s healthcare system is recognized globally. She recalled that India’s one million all-women Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers, were honoured with the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General’s Global Health Leaders Award 2022 for their crucial role in providing direct access to healthcare facilities in rural areas and their magnificent efforts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Ms. Amie Batson, Executive Director, WomenLift Health said, when India and the world is facing unprecedented challenges like climate crisis, covid-19 or future health challenges, India’s role will be critical to address those challenges. He said, investments in technical solutions are not enough, but efforts should be made to create change leaders, especially the women change leaders.
The conference being organized by Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a PSU of DBT, in collaboration with WomenLift Health and Grand Challenges India is aimed at highlighting and promoting the importance of women’s leadership in health and science and seek to identify attainable pathways and goals to strengthen the representation of women in leadership positions in India and Global health ecosystem.
Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India, chaired a review meeting for all three Ministries ahead of G-20 meetings with Senior Officers from DoNER, Tourism, Culture & Chief Secretaries and Senior officers from all 8 North Eastern States.A total of 11 Meetings, starting from January,2023(one in each State and four in Guwahati) on different themes under G-20 are to be held in NER. The deliberations focused on the key aspects for making the events impactful in the North Eastern Region. Minister desired the full readiness of the systems both at the Central and State level for organizing the events. He desired that the bounties of nature in North East must be showcased to the world.
Today, on 1st December,2022, our Country formally assumed the G20 Presidency with the ethos of ancient culture & oneness with the message of ‘वसुधैवकुटुम्बकम’. G-20 promotes the vision of Oneness. Hence the theme: ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ is adopted.
The G20 Heads of State and Government Summit will take place on 9-10 September 2023 in J&K. There will be about 200 Meetings under G20 whichhave been planned in different cities across the Country to provide an enriching experience of India’s amazing diversity, inclusive traditions and cultural richness to our guests across the world.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia today launched Digi Yatra from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi for three airports in the country, namely New Delhi, Varanasi and Bengaluru. Digi Yatra is conceived to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports based on Facial Recognition Technology (FRT).
Speaking about the Digi Yatra project conceived by Digi Yatra Foundation under the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Minister said that the project envisages a traveller today pass through various check points at the airports through a paperless and contactless processing using facial features to establish her identity which could be linked to the boarding pass. To use this facility, one-time registration on Digi Yatra app is required using Aadhar based validation and a self-image capture. The project has tremendous advantages of improving passenger convenience and ease of travel.
About the privacy features of the project, the Minister said that keeping in mind the privacy, there is no central storage of Personally Identifiable Information (PII). Passenger’s ID and travel credentials are stored in a secure wallet in the passenger’s smartphone itself. The uploaded data will utilise blockchain technology and all the data will be purged from the servers within 24 hours of use.
With Digi Yatra, India will now stand in the ranks of world class airports like Heathrow in London and Atlanta in United States of America. Elucidating on the benefits of Digi Yatra, the Minister stated the example of Dubai Airport where passenger time upto 40 percent was saved due to this technology. A similar technology saved nine minutes per aircraft time at the Atlanta Airport. The Minister also said that compared to other ports of call, the Indian system has been made far more seamless from entry to exit and therefore will be one of the most efficient systems from across the world.
Digi Yatra in the first phase, will be launched at 7 airports. However, it has been initially launched at 3 airports i.e., Delhi, Bengaluru and Varanasi today, to be followed by 4 airports namely Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, and Vijayawada by March 2023. Later it would be implemented across various airports in the country. The service is presently being launched for domestic flights passengers only. Digi Yatra App is available on both IoS and android. It is voluntary is nature.
With Digi Yatra, India is setting a new global benchmark for a seamless, hassle free and health risk free process at airports.
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Previous Press release on Digi Yatra can be seen here: