TERI in the News
Making a green building24 April 2010| Business World
Green buildings get a certification either from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a worldwide certification system that is implemented in India by the IGBC or, GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), jointly developed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and TERI, which awards star ratings. The central government has made GRIHA certification compulsory for all upcoming central government buildings.
In different strokes, students fight for Yamuna's cause21 April 2010| The Indian Express
TERI in collaboration with the Delhi Jal Board organized a painting competition as part of Earth Day celebrations. The theme was Aao Yamuna mein jaan daalein. School students of as many as 100 government schools and 55 private schools gathered at the National Science Centre in New Delhi to paint their visions.
Green theme powers Earth Day countdown20 April 2010| The Asian Age
On the occasion of Earth Day, Delhi plays host to a number of activities in a bid to spread awareness about environment related issues. Like every year, TERI has planned a week-long celebration that kicked off on 15 April 2010 with a Climate Change Quiz Competition. This yearâ€™s theme is â€œProtecting our Environment: Young India speaksâ€. More than 600 kids participated in the quiz competition. And while other interesting events like a â€œnationwide paper bag campaignâ€ is a part of the Earth Day initiative by TERI that has a target of making 10,00,000 paper bags, many other organisations are also taking up measures to spread awareness about the issue.
Pachauri conferred with Japanese award16 April 2010| Press Trust of India
Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been conferred with a prestigious Japanese award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the enhancement of that country's policy towards climate change. Japan's Ambassador Hideaki Domichi presented the award "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star" to Dr Pachauri on behalf of His Majesty Akihito, the Emperor of Japan, at a ceremony in New Delhi. The award is conferred in recognition of distinguished accomplishments by individuals, both Japanese and foreign.
Government bungalows go eco-friendly, use solar power15 April 2010| DNA
As a part of the Gujarat state governmentâ€™s plan to make Gandhinagar a Solar City, solar power generation systems have been installed in the bungalows of ministers in the ministerâ€™s residential complex and in the bungalows of senior officers. The state government is also planning to establish a solar power system in the secretariat building on which even the air-conditioner of the secretariat will run. Design and construction of carbon neutral climate change complex in Gandhinagar would be initiated with the help of TERI. Systems like solar power packs, water heaters and air-conditioners will be installed in government owned and government aided institutions and organizations.
Government to expand eco-city project13 April 2010| Business Standard
The Union ministry of environment and forests is planning to expand its Eco-city project to cities across the country, especially those which get a substantial tourist inflow, so as to address issues on deteriorating air and water quality and waste management. The project, initially launched in the 10th Plan (2002-07), covered only the six temple towns of Kottayam (Kerala), Puri (Orissa), Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh). Sawai Madhopur, Darjeeling and Chanderi were added in 2007. CPCB Chairman Dr S P Gautam said that there has not been any progress in three of these (originally chosen) cities but work in the other three will be completed soon. Financial resources have been a big constraint in reaching the goals. Despite matching grants from states, the money was not sufficient. Dr Suneel Pandey, TERI, conceded that â€œthe programme was not as successful as envisagedâ€. Dr Pandey said that many cities like Vrindavan did not get as much funds from the state governments and the government has now woken up to reality. The revised Eco-cities project would also cover newer aspects like environment management of crematoria, railway stations, pollution under control certificates, discharges, waste management and emissions. There will be an additional focus on cities that get a heavy tourist inflow such as Udaipur, Agra, Manali, Pushkar and Shirdi, among others.
SEARCH over, time for celebration11 April 2010| The Hindu
Project SEARCH (Sensitisation, Education and Awareness on Recycling for Cleaner Habitat), an initiative organised by TERI in collaboration with Tetra Pak India, to raise awareness regarding environment and recycling among students, was brought to a close at a ceremony on 9 April 2010. The project was initiated last June in 60 schools of Delhi and Bangalore to instill among them good waste management practices, provide knowledge about the benefits of carton packaging, inculcate the habit of recycling of waste and helping to facilitate the set up of Tetra Pak collection centres in schools for recycling of used Tetra Pak cartons. The project also aimed to create awareness and understanding about the linkage between lifestyle, consumption, waste and environment and inculcate a sense of responsibility in the target group to take ownership of the waste generated by them and make efforts to increase the product's life cycle by recycling.
India, Oz boost education ties10 April 2010| The Pioneer
India and Australia have agreed to constitute an India-Australia Education Council, bringing together Government, academia, business and industry of both countries to further bilateral collaboration in the education sector. Three MoUs were also signed in the field of education. These MoUs are between Association of Indian Universities and Universities Australia; Central Board of Secondary Education and Australian Council of Education Research and TERI and Deakin University respectively.
Solid wastes, garbages a huge problem for Delhi: Dikshit9 April 2010| DNA
The Chief Minister of Delhi Ms Sheila Dikshit described as a "huge problem" the ever increasing solid wastes in the city and exhorted people to change the "wasteful consumption pattern" to protect the environment of the city. The Chief Minister was speaking at a function organised by TERI. Director-General of TERI and Chairman of IPCC Dr R K Pachauri, speaking on the occasion, said "solid waste has serious implications and if we continue to move on the same path, all the large cities in India would require 10 times their area by 2047 to keep the solid waste."
Low-carbon economy could create 10.5 mn jobs: report8 April 2010| Business Standard
A shift towards low-carbon economy to tackle climate change would create at least 10.5 million direct jobs in the renewable sector in the country, according to a report prepared by Global Climate Network (GCN). Launched by The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) with GCN, the report supports global cooperation for promoting low-carbon and renewable energy technologies to combat climate change via a network that links Technology-Finance-Jobs.