TERI in the News
Urban youth asked for 'agri-biz plans'28 February 2011| DNA
In the era where farming no longer remains profitable and the number of farmer suicides is increasing, it is hard to imagine urban youth take agriculture as a profession. However, TERI has taken an initiative to motivate Gen Next entrepreneurs to present their 'agri-business plans', which can be pursued by the farmers or different governments. TERI's 'Krishi Dhan', supported by the governments of Maharashtra and Goa, is India’s first of its kind initiative, committed to the sustainable development of the agriculture sector. With the central theme of 'green-to-evergreen', the intention is to introduce eco-friendly and energy efficient concepts to ensure sustainable agriculture.
KERC chief bats for green buildings27 February 2011| Deccan Herald
Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission Chairman Mr M R Sreenivasa Murthy said that the only solution to power shortage in Karnataka is constructing green buildings that reduce the dependence of power. Stating that at present 35 per cent of Karnataka's energy is generated through non-thermal sources – primarily hydro and wind energy – which is far above the world average, Mr Murthy told a workshop on 'GRIHA' (Green Rating for Integrated Habitats Assessment), a national rating system for green buildings, that the State was well poised to go in for more of such buildings.
TERI in consonance with Herbal Research and Development Institute conducts a 3-day workshop to enable farmers in the field of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs23 February 2011| APN News
TERI in consonance with Herbal Research and Development Institute, Mandal, Gopeshwar, District Chamoli, Uttarakhand started a three day workshop from 21-23 February 2011, to enable farmers in the field of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs on farming, plantation and marketing techniques – especially on ‘Tej Patta’ or Bayleaf a local spice of the region. Over 100 farmers attended the workshop, along with policy makers, government officials and corporates from across India.
Lighting a Billion lives - Solar lantern donation programme22 February 2011| Hindustan Times
In rural areas of Maharashtra there is a shortage of power supply of about 5000 MW, annually, which results in power cut for12-15 hours daily. To tackle this issue TERI has undertaken more than 60 projects in the rural areas of Maharashtra which either face severe power cuts or are devoid of power supply. The project has covered districts of Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Amravati, Pune, and so on. TERI has partnered with local NGOs and organizations to implement the programme effectively. This initiative has not only helped provide clean lighting to the households but also livelihood opportunities for several entrepreneurs who can now operate energy enterprise from their own homes.
Keeping the roots in place19 February 2011| India Together
On the sidelines of the annual Delhi Summit on Sustainable Development, organized by TERI, the Kathmandu-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development held a session on 4 February on "Sustaining Forests for Mitigation and Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change", along with TERI and the Ministry of Environment & Forests. Dr Giridhar Kinhal of ICIMOD spoke about mitigation and adaptation measures through innovative use of what is known in UN parlance as REDD - Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, a mechanism which was ratified at last year's UN climate summit in Cancun.
India Inc discusses 'Opportunities for Green Development' at 8th World CEO Forum hosted by TERI- BCSD India10 February 2011| India Education Diary
The 8th World CEO Forum, curtain-raiser to DSDS 2011, discussed the overarching theme: 'Opportunities for Green Development: Rio +20 and beyond'. The discussions focused on future trends shaping economic growth globally and locally; and how business can best prepare to lead sustainability progress, post the Rio Conference of Parties in 1992. The deliberations at the forum also emphasized the need for a framework to help business shape the future green economy and the opportunities for Indian business in this scenario. The World CEO Forum was organized by TERI Business Council for Sustainable development (BCSD India), a partner of the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development), Geneva and a member of its regional network.
Auto growth could distort transport policy, warn Nobel Laureates8 February 2011| The Hindu
If India's car industry continues growing at breakneck speed, its auto majors could manipulate climate and transport policies in the same way as their counterparts in the US, warned Dr R K Pachauri. On the other hand, the "laughable" speed of Indian trains hampers the growth of public transport. Dr Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 – was speaking during an interaction with three other Nobel Laureates at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2011.
10 innovations in philanthropy7 February 2011| Mint
With parts of India still struggling to realize basic living conditions, philanthropy has emerged with the potential to bridge this deficit. Given the scale of such demands, resources are often insufficient. At the same time, the peculiar Indian conditions require a lot of out-of-the-box thinking. As a result, organizations have fallen back on innovation as a means of overcoming shortcomings. TERI's 'Light a Billion Lives' initiative has provided more than 32,000 solar lanterns to rural Indians, and has developed a model to train local villagers to run 'lantern-charging stations'. It is primarily funded through philanthropic donations.
Mexican minister calls for global treaties; pessimistic on Durban7 February 2011| Mint
With global talks on climate change going nowhere, developing countries such as India and Mexico could sign treaties with each other and with developed nations to boost sustainable development, according to Mexico’s environment minister Mr Juan Rafael Elvira. Mr Elvira was speaking on the sidelines of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organized by TERI.
We expect leadership from India: UN climate chief7 February 2011| The Times of India
India played an "exceedingly helpful role" in the last climate summit and "we expect the same this year and beyond", UN climate chief Ms Christiana Figueres said. Speaking on the sidelines of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2011 organized by TERI, Ms Figueres praised India for having "brought forward new concepts to bridge the North-South divide".