TERI in the News
TERI and DELL launch 'The Climate EduXchange Initiative' in India29 April 2009| The Financial Express
Dell in partnership with TERI has announced the launch of â€œThe Climate EduXchange Initiativeâ€ -- an IT-enabled Climate initiative to improve environment education in schools across India. The primary objective of this partnership is to create a motivated force of students, who through technological advancements are aware of and concerned about the environment and its associated problems. The campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding about climate change issues amongst students and teachers of all disciplines. It will focus on findings of IPCC to disseminate knowledge to students and teachers and promote engagement on these issues with students in other parts of the country. It also aspires to familiarize all to the importance of the internet and the computer as powerful tools for knowledge and motivate them to take action and bring about desired change in the environment.
IT sector proactively pursuing 'green' mantra26 April 2009| The Hindu
Corporates have started adapting "go green" as their mantra. Even as the world celebrated Earth Day on April 22, every industry - be it manufacturing or service - has started taking conscious decisions to "go green." The information technology industry has also started doing its bit on the concept. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative (co-founded by Intel and being led in India by Nasscom, CII, TERI and WWF) works globally with manufacturers and consumers to increase the energy efficiency of PCs and servers by 50 per cent with the help of power management tools. According to Mr Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman of Nasscom, the committeeâ€™s main focus will be to make IT green, make green happen through IT and make green warriors.
Climate change: TERI for reduction of petrol, kerosene subsidy24 April 2009| The Hindu
With climate change posing a serious threat to the earth, a prominent research institute today favoured reduction in petrol and kerosene subsidy to ensure low consumption of fossil fuel and check green house gas emissions. TERI has said that the immediate task before the government is to undertake the "pricing correction" measures, which entail bringing down subsidy on petrol and kerosene and encourage usage of renewable energy. "Pricing correction is the immediate step the government should undertake. The high level of subsidy given on non-renewable energy should be brought down," Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of TERI, said on the sidelines of a conference on 'Green Business'. Dr Srivastava emphasized upon promoting other sources of energy such as solar and water energy in view of impending threat posed by climate change caused by GHG emissions in the atmosphere.
Give Delhi a Chance to Breathe - TERI's message on Earth Day 200922 April 2009| The Financial Express
Earth Day is observed all over the world on 22nd April to reminds us of our responsibility to protect our planet. This year, TERI and MoEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests) with Hewlett-Packard and Big FMâ€”92.7 celebrated the day around its theme: "Give Delhi a chance to breathe". 300 students from 35 schools from Delhi- NCR region attended the function at the National Science Centre.
Green investments to boost energy savings22 April 2009| Mint
The power ministry is poised to make it mandatory for all electricity distribution networks in the country to employ only energy-efficient transformers, energy savings from which are put at 2,854MW-sufficient to supply the individual demands of states such as Kerala or Orissa. This is part of the government's green-technology initiative which also includes putting in place a massive information technology network to optimize power distribution and upgrade existing thermal power plants to reduce carbon emissions. There are around 40 transformer manufacturers, which supply to the state electricity boards that will be vested with the power to implement the proposal, which is in the final stages of formulation. But adhering to the new specifications, aimed at reducing heat dissipation that reduces the efficiency of the transformer, is expected to increase costs. Power generation is the other area where utilities plan to use technology to build less polluting plants. NTPC plans to work with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the IIT Bombay, to use bacteria for clean-coal technology and carbon capture and absorption. It plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its coal-based plants with Indiaâ€™s first photobioreactor at its Dadri unit in Uttar Pradesh, also in association with Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and TERI. It also plans to develop 1 million sq. ft of green building space by 2017.
Greenathon Impact: Lighting lives with green energy22 April 2009| NDTV.com
The NDTV Toyota Greenathon was a non-stop television event that raised money for TERI's Light a Billion Lives scheme that aims at solar powering villages across India. The initiative received an overwhelming response from our viewers. So far, nine villages in Rajasthan, 16 in Orissa, 16 in West Bengal, two in Haryana, two in Assam and three in Jharkhand have benefited from the project. In a follow up, the NDTV team visited the Bad Gujran village in Rajasthan and found that the solar lamps had transformed life there. The village was sponsored by Qualcomm. Not long ago, this little Rajasthan village would plunge into darkness as the sun went down. Kerosene lamps were all that the villagers had to light up their lives. These lamps also burnt a hole in their pockets and gave out toxic fumes. But that is not the case anymore. TERI's Light a Billion Lives initiative has brought a revolution to this village with its solar lamps-each of which costs a mere Rs 2 and lasts the entire night.
Focus on renewable energy20 April 2009| The Times of India
In order to meet the demand for educated and skilled human resource in the area of renewable energy studies and applications, TERI University is offering an MTech (on-campus) in renewable energy engineering and management. The programme will be offered by the Centre of Energy and Environment at TERI. There will be a set of renewable energy relevant courses taught during the first, second and third semesters. In the final semester, the student will be required to take up a major project either in an industrial establishment or a research/consultancy organization dealing with renewable energy as an independent study under the supervision of a faculty at TERI University or a professional at any other organization.
TERI launches a study on making Indian cities sustainable18 April 2009| Indiaedunews
TERI in partnership with Sustainable Urbanism International and Arghyam with the support of Dr Nandan Nilekani and Mrs Rohini Nilekani has launched a study to make Indian cities more sustainable. With the rapid pace of urbanization, worldwide urban sustainability has become a very important issue today. According to the State of the World's Cities Report 2008/09, nearly 60% of the world's population will live in urban areas within the next two decades, and it is in the developing countries that this growth will take place most rapidly. In the light of the above, this study on exploring sustainability in the provision of basic urban services in Indian cities, as a step towards making cities more sustainable, was initiated by TERI. As a step towards the larger goal of making Indian cities more sustainable, this study aims to identify processes to make service planning and delivery in Indian cities more sustainable in the following five urban sectors: water, solid waste management, transport, buildings and power. Recognizing that deficiencies in the existing governance structures adversely impact urban service delivery, in addition to the above-mentioned five sectors, this study also looks at 'governance' as a separate sector.
Third-World Stove Soot Is Target in Climate Fight16 April 2009| The New York Times
While carbon dioxide may be the No. 1 contributor to rising global temperatures, scientists say, black carbon has emerged as an important No. 2, with recent studies estimating that it is responsible for 18 percent of the planet's warming, compared with 40 percent for carbon dioxide. Replacing primitive cooking stoves with modern versions that emit far less soot could provide a much-needed stopgap, while nations struggle with the more difficult task of enacting programs and developing technologies to curb carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels. Reducing black carbon is one of a number of relatively quick and simple climate fixes using existing technologies â€” often called "low hanging fruit" - that scientists say should be plucked immediately to avert the worst projected consequences of global warming. "It is clear to any person who cares about climate change that this will have a huge impact on the global environment," said Dr. Ramanathan, a professor of climate science at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, who is working with TERI in New Delhi on a project to help poor families acquire new stoves.
Pachauri makes plea to reduce use of cars12 April 2009| The Hindu
Delivering the first R Venkataraman Endowment Lecture at the Madras School of Economics, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, said that the government needed to re-orient its public policy to focus on public transport options, rather than indiscriminately providing sops to small cars. "It is not the size of the car that matters, but the emissions," Dr Pachauri said, adding that the government had adopted some suggestions on tailoring the tax on cars to reward those with lower emissions.