Climate

In the post-Paris agreement era, accelerating climate action is the biggest hope to ensure a safe future for all. In India, our work focuses on climate modelling to develop a better understanding of climate variability at regional scales. We study the risks and vulnerabilities of key sectors such as water, health, agriculture and industry. Our work in climate science is inextricably linked to policy research and recommendations for the Indian government to shape its domestic policies, as well as contribute to its position in global negotiations. Through a number of initiatives, we are beginning to extend our knowledge and research in climate science and policy to other emerging economies.

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    Discussion Paper

    India's ambition is substantial in social, political and environmental terms: Key messages from India's NDC

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    Blog

    Overcoming the price hump: Financing energy efficiency

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    HFCs – Enabling efficient refrigerant transitions

    Know about our work in enabling industry wide adoption of efficient cooling technology

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  • Case Study

    Best Practices on National GHG Inventory Management System: Case studies from South Africa, Ghana, South Korea, Japan, and Chile

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    Assam and the economic costs of climate change

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Projects

Articles

Overcoming the price hump: Financing energy efficiency

Mr Manjeet Singh

Around the world energy efficiency is being looked as resource to address some of the critical problems of the energy sector. This has probably been the most cost effective way to address energy security, peak demand management, electricity access while mitigating climate change impacts.

Best Practices on National GHG Inventory Management System: Case studies from South Africa, Ghana, South Korea, Japan, and Chile

Mr Abhishek Kaushik
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Mr Shanmuganathan K

The Paris Agreement established a Transparency Framework in order to build mutual trust and confidence and to promote effective implementation, an enhanced transparency framework for action and support, with built-in flexibility which takes into account Parties' different capacities.

Unpacking the climate negotiations at COP24 – week 1

Ms Noemie Leprince Ringuet
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Mr R R Rashmi

The Energy and Resources Institute is attending the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland from 2nd to 14th December 2018. This is a summary of developments over the course of week 1, and an analysis of what can be expected for week 2.

Assam and the economic costs of climate change

Ms Trisanki Saikia

Assam, due to its geographic location and poor socio-economic conditions, offers a good example of the need to take into account the economic burden of climate change

Towards COP24: From Bangkok to Katowice

Mr Abhishek Kaushik
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Ms Noemie Leprince Ringuet

For successful implementation of the Paris Agreement, issues frustrating developing and developed nations must be resolved; political trade-offs may provide an answer

Road to COP24

Ms Tamiksha Singh

Climate Finance - Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

Events

Training programmes on 'Social Impact Assessment, Resettlement and Rehabilitation'

February 18, 2019
to February 22, 2019

TERI has designed a five day training programme to equip stakeholders with the knowledge and skills required for compliance with the legal and procedural aspects of the Act and to address the community processes of land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation.

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World Sustainable Development Summit 2019

February 11, 2019
to February 13, 2019

Capacity building for climate change - at COP 24

December 13, 2018
to December 13, 2018

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi is hosting an event on the sidelines of COP24 in Katowice, Poland, on the topic “Capacity building on climate change'. The event will be held at the India Pavilion in COP24 on 13th December, 2018, 11am to 1pm (local time).

Climate Transparency - Brown to Green Report 2018: Assessing the G20 Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

November 21, 2018
to November 21, 2018

Most of the major economies have adopted sustainable energy use and a transition towards lower carbon growth as an explicit objective of their development policy. In India, the proportion of people having access to electricity dramatically increased from 43.3% in 1990 to 84.5% in 2016. Currently, coal plays a crucial role with a share of more than 50% in the primary energy mix in India. This makes the energy transition in the country a major challenge.

East Africa Peru India Climate Capacities: Kick-Off Workshop

November 1, 2018
to November 2, 2018

The aim of the EPICC project is to enable the provision of climate services and capacities by jointly producing science which is necessary for climate change adaptation with the three partner countries: Tanzania, Peru and India.

News

New rules, old games

December 19, 2018
| Mr R R Rashmi
| The Indian Express

Considering the fact that global emissions are rising, and emerging countries are expected to contribute to emission reductions, the challenge for a country like India is to keep a healthy balance between national developmental needs and international obligations to account for the emissions. The Paris Agreement does assure flexibility to those developing countries that need it, according to their capacity. However, two decisions taken in Katowice would determine the extent of the flexibility available to India.

Pollution is now a political subject, that's its big success: TERI chief Ajay Mathur

November 21, 2018 |
November 21, 2018
The Hindu

Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI is also a member of the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority and has been part of India's negotiating team in earlier editions of the United Nations-convened Conference of the Parties (COP). In this interview, Dr Mathur speaks about the expectations from the Katowice Climate Change Conference and how to tackle pollution.

How the cement industry is helping India meet its climate goals

November 16, 2018
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| Hindustan Times

The transition to a circular economy needs to become part of the mainstream discourse on development. A circular economy means that waste from one part of the chain of economic activity becomes an input for some other productive economic activity. This requires a radical transformation. For such a radical transformation to take place, constructive partnerships among different sectors of industry would be critical. Evolving a feasible policy, regulatory and other enabling measures that deliver outcomes would be the challenge.

India can't achieve 2-degree reduction in global warming by 2030: Study

November 16, 2018 |
November 16, 2018
NDTV
The 2016 Paris Agreement’s aim is to strengthen the global response to climate change by restricting the rise in global temperature this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The 'Brown to Green Report' has been compiled by Climate Transparency -- a global partnership of 14 climate research organisations and NGOs from the majority of G20 countries, with many from emerging economies. TERI is the country partner for India.

Reasons for hope in the face of climate change

November 3, 2018
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| Business Standard

The Paris Agreement adopted the goal of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius and recognised the need to actually restrict warming to 1.5 degrees. The recently released Special Report of the International Panel on Climate Change is an unambiguous wake-up call. The present trajectory is taking the world to warming by three degrees. There is no option but to get to a fossil fuel-free global economy at the earliest if human civilisation is to survive. Fortunately, technological breakthroughs make transitioning to a fossil fuel-free economy both feasible and affordable.

The challenge of saving the Paris agreement

October 11, 2018
| Mr R R Rashmi
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| Mr Karan Mangotra
| Mint

Climate talks are known to be highly fractious because of historical baggage and the burden of managing the least-cost low emission growth. Finding the right balance among the achievable ones is, therefore, key. They cover not just the level and trend of emissions, but also the associated issues of adaptation, loss and damages from disasters, means of implementation, including finance, technology and capacity building.

Policy

India's ambition is substantial in social, political and environmental terms: Key messages from India's NDC

December 7, 2018
India's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) must be seen in a holistic manner, the aim being to achieve sustainable development within the framework of 8 quantitative and qualitative NDCs. India's plan as per its quantified NDC targets is to: lower emissions intensity of its GDP by 33-35% compared to 2005 levels by 2030; increase total cumulative electricity generation from fossil free energy sources to 40% by 2030; create additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons through additional forest and tre

'India can manage a progressive transition from coal to renewables'

December 4, 2018

In the coal vs renewables question in India, a more flexible power system can help manage a progressive transition, according to TERI's new discussion paper 'Coal Transition in India'

Loss and Damage: The Gradual Progression and the Road Ahead

October 31, 2018

Loss and damage, in the context of climate change, is associated with the particular impacts of climate change in developing countries vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme weather events. In this article, Kavya Bajaj helps us understand the milestone developments that have taken place in various climate conferences regarding this controversial mechanism.

Linking Carbon Markets: A case study of India's PAT and REC Schemes

July 31, 2018

Following the enactment of the Paris Agreement, the carbon markets in national and international spheres are poised for revival. Although the global carbon market dependent on the Kyoto Protocol have nearly collapsed, many voluntary or national carbon markets are still functioning in several countries under relevant regulations or voluntary arrangements. These include markets and trading systems such as Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) and Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) in India.

Market-based approaches of the Paris agreement: Where are we now?

July 31, 2018

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (PA) focuses on a framework for countries to voluntarily cooperate using market and non-market based approaches to raise climate ambition. In the process there is also recognition of the need to establish an emissions accounting framework that will promote sustainable development, and environmental integrity.

Understanding vulnerabilities using a hotspot approach

May 4, 2018

Study shows higher temperature increase in India's mountains affects agriculture, water resources and the millions of people living in the mountains and its foothills

Services

Climate change risk assessment

We generate climate projections at global and regional scales and impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessments in key sectors using established models and our in-house super-computing facility. We also conducts GHG inventorization and mitigation analysis. We provide national and international policy analysis and review, and contribute to key issues in negotiations encompassing adaptation, mitigation, technology, and finance.

Team

Senior Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Director, Earth Science and Climate Change
Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Associate Director, Growth, Diversification & Commercialization