TERI in the News
Value PMâ€™s support the most22 February 2010| The Times of India
IPCC chairperson Rajendra K Pachauri has been facing serious flak ever since a series of flaws were discovered in the data on climate change put out in the UN panel report. There was even pressure on him to quit the panel. But Prime Minister Manmohan Singhâ€™s support for him has been overwhelming. Read more
Govt steps up drive to make office buildings green18 February 2010| Business Standard
In two years, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, which comes under the Ministry of Environment and Forests and being constructed over a 9000-sq mt plot at Aliganj in Delhi, will be showcased as the government's drive to set up green buildings. It will have all the features of a green building: Enough sunlight, instead of artificial fluorescent lights; natural cooling, instead of air-conditioners; solar power, instead of artificial power generation, and much more. Though late in the day, government offices are fast trying to catch up with the private sector in eco-friendly construction. The ministry aims for Paryavaran Bhawan to be credited with the prestigious platinum rating under Leed-India (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building rating system of the Indian Green Building Council). Meanwhile, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in collaboration with TERI, has set up Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (Griha), a rating agency which will approve a building as green under certain parameters. Griha has evaluated 28 projects till now and rated one - Centre for Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Kanpur. Some ongoing projects under Griha are Akshay Urja Bhawan of Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency, Earth System & Environment Science Engineering Building, IIT-Kanpur, Commonwealth Games Village, Delhi, and the Office of the Public Works Department, Nashik.
Maharashtra to reward green buildings17 February 2010| The Hindu Business Line
Maharashtra Government is planning to introduce an amendment in Development Control rules, which will help in adhering to the norms of eco-friendly housing projects in the State, said the Chief Minister, Mr Ashok Chavan, at an industry function. Maharashtra Government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding with TERI which will guide the State in conservation of water, electricity, solid waste management and keeping the right balance of industrial growth and environment.
In India, Munroe-Blum secures a new research partnership16 February 2010| McGill Tribune
McGill is hoping that a new agreement with TERI University in India will put the university at the forefront of climate research. The research memorandum focusses on three different aspects of environmental research: urban transportation, biofuels, and renewable energy. The agreement was also signed in order to increase the ease of communication between universities. TERI University is already renowned for its climate research, and this agreement will help to enable better student and faculty exchanges.
TERI and NEDO hold the 'Third Indiaâ€“Japan Energy Forum' to create opportunities for technological cooperation in areas of energy conservation and renewable energy16 February 2010| Businesswire India
Building on the success of the first two Indiaâ€“Japan Energy Forums, TERI and NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization), Japan organized the3rd Indiaâ€“Japan Energy Forum. The earlier editions of the Forum focused on issues related to the respective national policies on energy, energy conservation, and climate change. The two Forums helped strengthen the cooperative relations between the countries in the energy field. The 3rd of the series, focused on the theme of technology cooperation. The forum provided an opportunity to introduce and discuss various Japanese schemes at the national level that promote technology cooperation between the two countries. In addition, the Forum was an excellent opportunity for the Japanese technology suppliers to showcase their technologies for the benefit of the Indian industry. Nearly 15 Japanese companies also exhibited their products and technologies in the field of energy efficiency and renewables. The Forum focused on the following overarching themes: Climate change and technology cooperation; Technology transfer and deployment; Barriers and opportunities; and Business matching opportunities in industrial, renewable, and power sector.
Bringing information for youngsters15 February 2010| The Hindu
Aimed at examining the broad areas of how to shape the information paradigm for the new generation of the knowledge society, the third International Conference on Digital Libraries, ICDL 2010, opens at India Habitat Centre on 23 February 2010. The four-day conference will discuss topics including how digitization modules can be used for converting the entire corpus of existing print and manuscript resources into digitized format, how education and libraries can be interlinked through the web world, and the latest in the semantic web in an automated sense. The conference is being organized jointly by TERI and IGNOU.
India should ensure energy security, says IPCC chief15 February 2010| PTI News
IPCC Chairman Dr R K Pachauri has suggested that the country should bring about a major shift in its approach towards ensuring energy security in view of its healthy rate of growth. Addressing the 3rd India-Japan Energy Forum meeting here, Dr Pachauri said the best approach that one could take is towards moving low carbon emission technology which comes with a whole range of benefits.
Study on equity of carbon space commissioned8 February 2010| The Hindu Business Line
The Minister of Environment and Forests, Mr Jairam Ramesh, said that a study on equity of exiting carbon space in the atmosphere, which could be crucial in determining the quantum or reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases has been commissioned. Mr Jairam Ramesh was speaking at the DSDS (Delhi Sustainable Development Summit), organised by TERI. At the conference, the Minister raised core issues that need to be addressed in the run up to Mexico â€“ the mechanisms and methodologies towards compliance with whatever agreement arrived at drafting a Legally Binding Agreement around the principles of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities.
Climate not an issue for small nations only: EU7 February 2010| Business Standard
Reiterating its stance on climate change and formalising support for the Copenhagen Accord, the European Union (EU) said climate change was not an just an issue concerning small countries but was a global threat. Dr Teresa Ribera, Spainâ€™s secretary of state for climate change and president of the EU Council of Environment Ministers, said this while addressing DSDS (Delhi Sustainable Development Summit). Expressing relief on the fact that the BASIC countries were working together on the issue, she said that India and China are fully committed to the Copenhagen Accord and trust each other.
PM reaffirms commitment to sustainable development6 February 2010| The Hindu Business Line
India will spare no efforts in contributing to the success of post-Copenhagen process, the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, assured world leaders. Inaugurating the 10th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), Dr Singh said India has already committed itself to a path of sustainable development based on a graduated shift to the extent possible from use of fossil fuels to renewable and clean energy, including nuclear energy. Organized by TERI, the DSDS is being attended by world leaders from countries including Greece, Norway, Finland and Bhutan. The event is focusing on â€˜Beyond Copenhagen: New pathways to sustainable development'.