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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    Policy Brief

    Improving air conditioners in India

    Most modern ACs in India already use climate friendly gases, but increasing their energy efficiency will further boost carbon reduction

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    Changing climate moving people

    What was home once, will only see me as a guest now

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    What are HFCs?

    Know why it is important to control what we created as a solution

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    Scaling up climate finance for and in developing countries

    Side event at UNFCCC meeting of Subsidiary Bodies 48 (SB48)

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Projects

Articles

Forests in India are net source of GHG emissions

Dr Jitendra Vir Sharma

While forests begin to be seen as a tool for carbon sequestration, over 93% of GHG emissions in India continue to emanate from this same resource. This situation will remain unchanged if related policies and programmes are implemented at their current pace and commitment.

Can micro measures in urban cities offset the impact of heat stress?

Mr Ganesh Gorti

The growing instances of the impacts of extreme heat are a warning sign for what awaits us. The year 2015 saw massive heat related causalities across India, and Delhi was no exception to this. A year later, in 2016, the whole of South-Asia was reeling under persistent extreme heat conditions, and this has now become a yearly affair.

Climate Change Adaptation: Finding Untapped Opportunities in Uttarakhand

High up in the tough terrains of Uttarakhand, located are the remote villages of Rudraprayag. In these upper Himalayas, where the land used to be usually covered with about a feet of snow upto a decade ago, climate change has decimated the amount of snowfall to hardly about 6 inches, which too melts away quickly. Although more bare land is available now for farming, it is still usually deprived of nutrients to support the cultivation of green vegetables or the finest variety of rice. The farming community is usually restricted to growing wheat, millets, and tuberous roots such as turmeric.

Events

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

September 10, 2018
to September 14, 2018

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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Scaling up climate finance for and in developing countries

May 7, 2018
to May 7, 2018

TERI organized a side event at the UNFCCC meeting of the Subsidiary Bodies 48 (SB48) on scaling up climate finance for and in developing countries.

Stakeholder workshop, project meeting and capacity building workshop on linking climate and development policies

March 19, 2018
to March 22, 2018

TERI, in partnership with IIASA, is organising a stakeholder workshop, project meeting and a capacity building workshop for the project 'Linking Climate and Development Policies- Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing (CD-LINKS)'. The CD-LINKS project brings together a consortium of 19 leading international research organizations to explore national and global transformation strategies for climate change and their linkages to a range of sustainable development goals.

News

India may hit Paris climate targets ahead of schedule: TERI

June 28, 2018 |
June 28, 2018
The Hindu Business line

India may well achieve the national targets set to address climate change under the Paris Agreement before 2030, as around 30 per cent of the country's installed electricity generation capacity is now non-fossil-based. India's target is 40 per cent non-fossil-based power capacity by 2030. "We can meet the targets ahead of schedule if we are able to meet our solar battery cost challenges," says Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI and a member of the Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change.

Green funds will help make the benefits of clean energy a reality for India

April 11, 2018
| Dr Ajay Mathur
| The Hindustan Times

A green fund's mission is to promote the growth of a vibrant clean energy economy. As green funds typically reinvest their income, effectively recycling public funds, they can create a bigger market impact than government subsidies or incentives alone. Green fund investments demonstrate the viability of clean energy technologies or take some of the risk until the private sector is comfortable with the new technologies. In addition to direct lending, a true green fund offers financial products that help make commercial banks more comfortable with financing clean energy projects.

PM says India firm on environment commitment while carrying on its development agenda

January 16, 2018 |
February 22, 2018
The Economic Times

Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi called for support from developed countries on extending finance and technology to prepare other nations for sustainable growth, saying India intends to achieve its sustainable development objectives on its own but "developed world can help us achieve them faster".  While delivering the inaugural address at the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), organised by TERI, Mr Modi reiterated India’s commitment to protect the environment while carrying on its development agenda.

Policy

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

Improving air conditioners in India

April 26, 2018

Most modern ACs in India already use climate friendly gases, but increasing their energy efficiency will further boost carbon reduction

Minimum Support Price of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) and Its Sustainable Harvest: A Social Safety Measure for MFP Collectors in India

February 15, 2018

Forests in India are treated primarily as social and environmental resource, and only secondarily, as commercial resource. More than 300 million people derive full or partial livelihood and sustenance need from forests. Many a times, communities are compelled to harvest forest produce unsustainably due to lack of adequate finance to meet their day to day life supporting needs. With such large population dependent on forest resources, the minor forest produce (MFP) sector is India’s largest unorganized sector.

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
Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Area Convenor, International Implementation