The Southern Regional Centre was set up in Bengaluru in 1990 with the primary objective to promote concepts and practices for improving industrial energy efficiency through a concerted programme of research, consultancy, training, and information dissemination.
Since inception, this centre has conducted several energy efficiency and energy conservation programmes targeting various sectors of the economy. These activities correspond with the supplementary efforts of the Government of India as part of the Energy Conservation
Act. As TERI has been recognized by the BEE (Bureau of Energy Efficiency), Ministry of Power, Government of India, as one of the few organizations in India to possess professional standards in conducting energy audits that has lend credibility to energy audit services. The centre has been a pioneer in conducting coaching programmes for those who are appearing for the National Certification Examination (NCE) to create a cadre of professionally qualified 'energy managers' at energy-intensive industries to provide leadership as well as a focal point for all energy management activities.
One of the main achievements of this centre has been the implementation of the 'Indo-German Energy Efficiency Project', a joint initiative of the Indian and German governments, for nearly eight years.
Over the years, the Centre has built up a reputation not only in the realm of energy efficiency but also in the other spheres like environmental services, rural and renewable energy and also resource efficient process technology application for R&D activities in the areas of development of biodegradable and green plastics for short and long term use. It has also developed integrated water resource System as a portfolio entailing developing a master plan for water management within the industry campus and integrating it with reuse, recycle and rainwater harvesting options. It has successfully executed innumerable projects for various eminent Indian and multinational organizations, corporates, state and government departments, public and private sector enterprises, and international financial and aid agencies.
The Centre has recently joined hands with community-based organizations for mainstreaming of rural and renewable energy.