96th convocation of BHU organised
The Times of India, 28 March 2014
Banaras Hindu University held its 96th convocation ceremony on 27 March 2014. While delivering convocation address, noted scientist Dr Jayant Vishnu Narlikar said education and research should go together. The Director-General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri, was honoured with DSc (Honoris Causa).
India, China release first joint report on climate
Zee News, 18 March 2014
At a time when the two countries are facing similar challenges in dealing with the issues of climate change, India and China on Tuesday released a joint report for the first time to address the rising environmental problems in their cities. 'The China India Low Carbon Study', which is the first project of its kind was launched on the sidelines of the third Strategic Economic Dialogue, in Beijing. Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri, who released the report said the study examines the main factors in low carbon development - financing, low carbon technologies and on-the-ground implementation.
Web-GIS tool for estimating rooftop solar power potential
The Hindu, 14 March 2014
TERI has unveiled the first-ever cloud based open-source Web-GIS Tool for estimating rooftop solar power potential for Indian solar cities. The main objective of this initiative is to develop a high performing and flexible Web-GIS tool to estimate the rooftop solar power potential for Indian cities. The web-GIS tool will be launched in Chandigarh followed by other cities. This initiative is being supported by Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, with strategic support from the Chandigarh Renewable Energy Science and Technology Promotion Society, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Solar Energy Corporation of India, and the Confederation of Indian Industry.
Goa implements scheme to encourage renewable energy
The Hindu, 11 March 2014
Goa Chief Minister Mr Manohar Parrikar has said that to encourage renewable energy, the state government intended to implement a scheme to grant a refund up to maximum 25 per cent of infrastructure tax paid for buildings which are certified green by TERI. This scheme will be made effective from 1 September 2014, he said at a workshop on "Demystifying green buildings & GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment)" for developers, organised recently by CREDAI-GOA.
Curb cartelisation of e-rickshaws
The Hindu, 10 March 2014
Following the decision of the Delhi Transport Department to register battery-operated rickshaws under the Motor Vehicles Act, operators have urged the administration to come up with a policy to curb cartelisation of e-rickshaws. The Transport Department had earlier issued a notice asking all e-rickshaw operators to get their vehicle type approved from a recognised government institute and register them accordingly under the Motor Vehicles Act. The decision to register battery rickshaws under the Act was taken following a study by environment body TERI. The study found that most of these vehicles operating in Delhi use an engine powered by over 250 watt batteries and exceed the speed limit of 25 kmph for non-motorised vehicles.
TERI University to conduct national conference on Basics of Satellite
One India, 6 March 2014
TERI University is geared up to conduct the national conference on 'Basics of Satellite Meteorology and Environmental Applications'. Students can register themselves by visiting the official website of TERI University. This conference provides an unique for students, researchers, scientists to not only share their experiences and views about the subject but also to interact with other aspiring people who have worked hard in the related field.
Efficient use of water necessary to sustain food security, opines TERI
F&B News, 11 February 2014
Deliberating at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2014, a panel of experts, including Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, stressed upon the efficient use of water to sustain food security, particularly in India. The panel said that food production is the largest user of water at the global level. It is responsible for 80-90 per cent of consumptive blue water use. By 2050, it is estimated that about 9.2 billion people will share the planet, and it is expected that there will be 70 per cent more demand for food.
AAP's free water policy may end up in lot of wastage: R K Pachauri
The Economic Times, 9 February 2014
The AAP government's policies on water and electricity are well intended but not the best way to achieve desired goals as supply of over 600 litres of free water to Delhi residents may end up in a lot of wastage, Director-General, TERI, Dr R K Pachauri has warned. Dr Pachauri said that improvements in the system are needed so that wastages and leakages are stopped and that the efficiency of water for instance at every stage is improved.
TERI presents Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Awards
Business Standard, 8 February 2014
TERI presented the second Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen awards to experts in the field of Bioeconomic Practices and Unconventional Thinking. The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel chaired by Madhav Gadgil was conferred with the award in the Bioeconomic Practice category, and ecological economist Inge Rpke was awarded for Unconventional Thinking. The awards which had been instituted to honour economist Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, were given on the third day of the 'Delhi Sustainable Development Summit' (DSDS 2014) organized by TERI. The Gadgil panel, which was constituted by the ministry of environment and forests in 2010, was awarded for accomplishing a scientific policy framework based on a nuanced understanding of the dynamic interactions between people and ecosystems.
TERI, Jain Irrigation to set up a resource centre on water use
The Hindu Business Line, 8 February 2014
TERI has signed memorandum of understanding with Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd (JISL) to set up a resource centre on water use efficiency. The MoU will carry out comprehensive research on the themes of water use efficiency at the farm level, water conservation and regeneration practices along with more efficient farm system practices, a TERI release said. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Anil Jain, Managing Director, Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, said that TERI and JISL believe that through collaboration, they can enhance their efforts in achieving water use efficiency, particularly in the agriculture sector, besides basic research, knowledge exchange and dissemination policy advocacy.