TERI in the News
Managing Indian e-waste25 May 2006| Physorg.com
In partnership with various non-governmental organizations, independent bodies and governmental bodies - including the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests as well as the Central Pollution Control Board - TERI is responsible for kick-starting a program that lays out organizational procedures for e-waste recycling. The goal, according to experts at TERI, is to make recycling of computers more efficient -- ensuring that while no part of the computer is wasted, standards will become more environmentally friendly. An additional factor is geared toward protecting those workers exposed to the various radioactive fumes emitting from the e-waste they are handling. Beginning the project in December 2005, TERI has since brought in experts from Europe to begin training Indian institutions in efficient recycling practices.
Govt shall invest in rural infrastructure and irrigation: Montek25 May 2006| Zee News
Seeking correction in subsidies, particularly in power, Planning Commission, Deputy Chairman, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia said the government should instead use funds for rural infrastructure and irrigation. "Many of the subsidies are dysfunctional. ... Public investment in agriculture has not kept pace with requirement," Dr Ahlwualia said at the International Conference on Agriculture for Food, Nutritional Security and Rural Growth, organized by TERI.
TERI to invest Rs 40 cr on jatropha plantations23 May 2006| New Indian Express
TERI has selected West Godavari district to promote biodiesel. The institute will spend Rs 40 crore to conduct research and development bio-diesel plants in the district
Prospecting for 'green' diesel22 May 2006| The Hindu
The country's demand for diesel is five times greater than for petrol. Rapid economic growth has meant more people travelling than ever before and larger quantities of goods being transported. Demand for petroleum products in India, particularly diesel, was set to increase rapidly, according to Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of TERI. Over 80 per cent of passengers and 60 per cent of the freight were moved by road, she pointed out in a recent TERI publication on biofuels.
After milk vends, Delhi to get water kiosks21 May 2006| India eNews
After milk, Delhi citizens will soon be able to draw potable water from automated kiosks - for Rs 1.50-2 a litre. TERI in collaboration with Delhi Jal Board plans to set up the first such kiosk by August 2006. Delhi not only faces a huge water crisis but the quality of water supplied by DJB is not entirely satisfactory. 'Looking at the acute shortage in Delhi, we have decided to build kiosks that will provide certified quality water. This will be a tripartite effort between TERI, DJB and the local community,' said Mr Ashok Jaitly of TERI.
Delhi gets water in lieu of power: Now, draw water from auto-kiosks21 May 2006| DNA
After milk, Delhi citizens will soon be able to draw potable water from automated kiosks - for Rs 1.50-2 a litre. TERI in collaboration with Delhi Jal Board (DJB) plans to set up the first such kiosk by August 2006. "We will provide water free from any bacteriological contamination that meets all quality standards," Mr Ashok Jaitly of TERI said.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announces Greentech Investment in Altra Inc. and US$100,000 KPCB Prize for green innovation18 May 2006| IT News
KPCB inaugurates the Greentech Innovation Network with 50 of the world's leading entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers. KPCB partner Bill Joy will lead a series of inspirational talks by four green thought leaders: Dr Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology professor; Dr Jose Goldemberg, Environmental Secretary of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Universidade de Sao Paulo professor; Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of International Panel of Climate Change and Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute; and Dr Martha Symko-Davies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory Senior Project Leader.
Energy conservation plant to come up in Janakpuri at Rs 1 cr16 May 2006| The Indian Express
In light of the severe power shortage in the Capital, the Delhi government will start work on an energy conservation centre in Janakpuri by the end of this month. The centre will be run by Delhi Transco, and has initially been allotted Rs 1 crore. The Power Department is also in talks with TERI to provide technical and research support for the centre.
Future Fuels: Seeds of hope14 May 2006| The Financial Express
TERI has developed an unconventional method, mycorrhizal application, that speeds up the yield. It replaces the seedling method that takes two years for the plant to yield and produces a yield in mere four months. "We are still looking at the kind of models in which it can be planted so that at the end of the day we know how commercially attractive this whole process is. Marketing possibilities of byproducts need to be tested. The entire value chain has to be created. The input cost for one litre of bio-diesel from Jatropha will be Rs 20-23," says Dr Alok Adholeya, director, Biotechnology and Management of Bio Resources Division, TERI.
Future Fuels: Burying fossil fuels, sowing renewables14 May 2006| The Financial Express
In the next 300 years, mankind will have used up the world's fossil fuel resources that took 600 million years to be created. With one-fifth of the world's population, India ranks sixth in terms of energy demand, accounting for 3.61% of the global energy needs, and together with China is the fastest-growing user of fossil fuels. Since 1970s India has been trying to tap renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass and small hydro, irrespective of capacity. The Electricity Act 2003 tried to accelerate development of power generation from non-conventional sources. Dr Leena Srivastava, executive director of TERI, opines, "In terms of renewable energy, hydro, solar and biomethanation hold vast potential."