TERI in the News
Ban among world leaders to participate in DSDS30 January 2009| Press Trust of India
UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and a host of world leaders will congregate in New Delhi on February 5 to prepare a roadmap on tackling the crisis of climate change well ahead of the Copenhagen conference scheduled later this year. They will participate at a three-day Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2009 hosted by TERI. 'Towards Copenhagen: an equitable and ethical approach' will be the theme for DSDS 2009.
It takes a solar lantern to change destinies26 January 2009| The Times of India
Organized by the India chapter of the International Advertising Association, the Creative Lantern Awards ceremony toasted a unique environmental initiative that is lighting up the lives of men and women who live far beyond the bright arc of big cities. For villagers of Ghetra (five hours from Jaipur), life used to come to a standstill after sunset. Like 400 million other Indians, the 900 villagers in Ghetra had no electricity. The village was adopted by Lintas Media under the mentorship of the LABL ('Lighting a Billion Lives') campaign spearheaded by TERI, headed by Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr R K Pachauri.
TERI to host Delhi Sustainable Development Summit23 January 2009| Newstrack India
TERI will be hosting its annual flagship event the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2009 from February 5-7 2009 at the Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi. The summit will explore climate change issues and come up with a roadmap leading to a suitable agreement in Copenhagen. The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will be inaugurating the summit, along with head of states of four countries, UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-Moon, several dignitaries, Nobel Laureates, and ministers from over 10 countries namely Australia, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Japan, Mauritius, Mexico, Switzerland, UAE, and Africa. In view of the importance of reaching a strong and effective global agreement on climate change at the Conference of the Parties in Copenhagen in 2009, the theme of DSDS 2009 is 'Towards Copenhagen: an equitable and ethical approach'. The summit would seek to reinforce the climate change agenda of the previous year and would sharpen the focus on the theme to arrive at a global consensus on climate change beyond 2012.
Himachal set to become India's 1st carbon-free state19 January 2009| The Economic Times
Himachal Pradesh, which has mandated all government departments to begin environment audit, is on its way to becoming the country's first and the world's second carbon-free state. People of Himachal will be expected to undergo lifestyle changes, according to the environment master plan and â€˜Policy & Strategy on Climate Change & Harnessing Carbon Credits'. Beginning with audits, the policy will focus on the functioning of all departments, especially those involved in development. The Himachal government will sign an MoU with the state of California. Over the years, India is expected to earn $2.27 billion from selling certified emissions reduction to the US. Himachal has approached Nobel laureate Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change.
BPO awarded for exemplary social work17 January 2009| The Economic Times
The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow has instituted an award for the corporate houses doing exemplary work as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). â€˜Prernaâ€™, the award was announced during the institute's annual conclave, Manfest. A Pilani (Rajasthan) based Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) organisation working in the rural sector was selected for the award this year. The BPO basically works for high-end medical transcription in the villages. The group has trained as many as 50 farmers and housewives in villages around Pilani. Likewise, Manjunath Shanmugam Trust was also felicitated during the ceremony for its efforts to implement the Right To Information act. The institute also launched an annual publication, `Gravitas', showcasing the views of leaders, industrialists, economists, policy makers and thinkers in their respective fields. This year the publication carries views of Mr Wilfred Aulbur, managing director and chief executive officer Mercedes Benz India; TERI director general, Dr R K Pachauri; and CMD, TVS Mr Venu Srinivasan. The articles written by them centred on the topic `Sustainable Development'.
Pak to be hit hardest by climate change15 January 2009| The Economic Times
Pakistan is among countries that will be hit hardest by climate change though it contributes only a fraction to global warming, environmental experts including Dr R K Pachauri have said. Dr Pachauri, chairman of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, said Pakistan is witnessing severe pressures on its natural resources and environment. "Climatic changes are likely to exacerbate this trend. Water supply, already a serious concern in many parts of the country, will decline dramatically, affecting food production," he said.
Fossil fuels will supply a third of energy till 2030: Pachauri12 January 2009| The Indian News
Painting a gloomy picture of adverse climate change affecting countries across the globe, a leading energy expert has said that more than one-third of world energy demand would continue to be met by fossil fuels like coal till 2030."World energy demand would increase by 45 percent between now and 2030. More than one-third of this would be met by coal, sending global temperatures soaring," Director General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri said.
TERI-MNRE creates awareness on GRIHA, the National Green Building Rating System, in KIIT- Bhubaneshwar9 January 2009| BusinessWire India
Forty per cent of global emissions are attributed to buildings -- while India grows at a rapid pace, it is important to construct â€˜greenâ€™ buildings and efficiently tackle its waste for sustainable living. GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), developed by TERI, has been adopted by MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy), Government of India as an evaluation tool for measuring and rating a buildingâ€™s environmental performance. GRIHA integrates the countryâ€™s varied climate and building practices.
Corporates have a big role to play in environment protection6 January 2009| Indopia
With carbon dioxide level rising alarmingly in the country, eminent scientist Dr R K Pachauri has called upon corporate houses to chalk out a strategy to deal with the situation. Dr Pachauri, who was present at the foundation day function of NALCO (National Aluminium Company Ltd), said corporate houses had a big role to play in environment protection by using renewable sources of energy and making people aware about it.
Spain announces Rs 50 lakh grant to TERI4 January 2009| The Economic Times
Recognizing the pioneering role played by TERI to combat climate change, Spain today announced an assistance of 75,000 Euro for its 'Lighting a Billion Lives' (LaBL) campaign. Visiting Spanish First Vice President Maria Teresa Fernandez De La Vega Sanz announced the financial grant to TERI after signing a Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the premier research institute and Spain's Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy. The LaBL campaign aims to bring light into the lives of one billion rural people by replacing the kerosene and paraffin lanterns with the solar lighting devices.