TERI in the News
Climate change: Green drive must go on29 May 2008| The Economic Times
About 60% of Indiaâ€™s greenhouse gas emissions come mainly from the use of coal which has a high fly ash content. In a recent presentation, Mr Pradeep Dadhich, TERI, said India had the potential to decrease its carbon dioxide emissions by 550 million tonnes in the 2012-2017 period, of which power companies have a share of 309 million tonnes. Energy efficiency is the need of the hour, says Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director, TERI. â€œThe government must stop subsidizing (fuel rates). The energy prices have to be set right. Let the industry realize that there is need for energy efficiency (because) otherwise the prices canâ€™t be brought down. The government should instead try to provide incentives to companies so that they can use more renewable energy and other alternative technologies,â€ she says.
Dr R K Pachauri conferred with Climate Protection Award by EPA29 May 2008| Business Wire India
The US EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has honoured Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman IPCC and Director General, TERI for his outstanding efforts and impeccable leadership in spreading the awareness about the importance of environmental issues to protect the Earth's climate. Along with Dr Pachauri 39 other individuals, organizations and companies from around the world were awarded the Climate Change and Ozone Layer award for their efforts to protect the Earth's climate and stratospheric ozone layer. The award recipients have demonstrated ingenuity and leadership by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, negotiating international agreements to protect the ozone layer and climate, and have spread awareness about the importance of these issues.
Biofuels Markets Asia to organize a 3-day Pan-Asian meet to focus on the development of biofuels in Asia28 May 2008| Business Wire India
Biofuels Markets Asia is organizing a 3-day Pan-Asian Meeting at the Hyatt Regency, New Delhi, India from 9-11 June 2008 that will bring together key players from across the globe to focus on the development of biofuels in Asia for its 3rd annual conference. TERI will act as a strategic partner for the Biofuels Markets Asia event and provide an overview of the current and future markets for Biofuels in Asia, with specifics to the Indian scenario, policies and regulations for the biofuels industry. The event will give an in depth understanding of the Asian biofuels markets and what are the latest biofuels business opportunities in Asia.
Public-Private Partnerships and Commercialization of Indian Agriculture is the Need of the Hour to Tackle Food Security and Rising Food Prices28 May 2008| Business wire India
With India having the highest percentage of area under cultivation having stagnant yields which are below the worldâ€™s average needs great thrust on, Public-Private Partnerships and Commercialization of Indian Agriculture Food Prices. Coupled with rising concerns of food and nutritional security are further a necessity to take these issues with urgency. These apart from some other problems and solutions were the main issues that were deliberated at the BP Pal workshop organized by TERI University & the BP Pal trust.
Yale University confers doctorate to Pachauri27 May 2008| Business Standard
Dr R K Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has been conferred an honorary doctorate degree by Yale University in recognition of his efforts to bring the scientific community together to sound alarm about the future of earth. Dr Pachauri received the 'Doctor of Humane Letters' from Dr Richard Levin, President of Yale University, at a function in the university campus in the United States. Dr Pachauri was conferred the doctorate for the instrumental role he played to bring the scientists together to sound an alarm about the future of earth, the Yale University said.
Sunny days23 May 2008| The Times of India
Grassroot efforts and creation of public awareness need to go hand in hand with high-end manufacturing initiatives so that there are enough PV panels and solar films available for large-scale domestic solar power generation and not just to feed export markets. TERI is steering a project to make solar lamps available in rural areas - charged with solar-powered batteries - at low rentals of Rs 3-5 per day, to help "light a billion lives", as their slogan says.
Power failure: few states using renewable energy through22 May 2008| The Economic Times
Despite the growth of renewable energy - solar, wind and biomass - in the country, not much of it reaches the power grid, which transfers electricity across long distances. Only 14 out of 28 states have set quotas for sourcing renewable energy for their grids. The Electricity Act, 2003, specifically mentioning that states must set a certain proportion of power consumed from renewable sources. In an effort to make use of more renewable energy and minimize dependence on conventional sources, the Electricity Act, 2003 asks state commissions to "promote cogeneration and generation of electricity from renewable sources of energy by providing suitable measures for connectivity with the grid and sale of electricity to any person, and also specify, for purchase of electricity from such sources, a percentage of the total consumption of electricity in the area of a distribution licenseeâ€. The Act wants each SERC (State Electricity Regulatory Commission) to make it mandatory for distribution companies to use a certain percentage of renewable energy. SERCs are also directed, under the Act, to set preferential tariff for purchase of electricity from a renewable source. However, not every SERC has followed the Act in spirit. â€œThere is a sheer need of regulatory commissionâ€™s inclination to push the intent of the Act,â€ said Mr Amit Kumar of TERI.
The green mutiny: The green brigade has a newer proposition to save the environment21 May 2008| Hindustan Times
The publication unit of TERI has come out with a series of books to help children understand and protect the environment. Terrapin, the childrenâ€™s imprint of TERI Press is publishing these novel books to help children understand. Keeping in mind, the 5-16 year age group, the books have been designed with an abundance of graphics and quirky phrases. These books are not only educating the masses but are also promoting the concept of sustainable publishing.
Better plastic recycling best way out: government panel20 May 2008| The Times of India
In a move that may shape future laws on plastic waste disposal, a three member government committee recently informed the high court that a complete ban on plastic bags was not required in the Capital and the present law only needed certain amendments to ensure a better recycling mechanism. The committee said increasing thickness of plastic bags from the existing 20 microns to 40 microns would ensure better collection by rag pickers. It also said that if plastic used was virgin, that is transparent, it would do away with the problem of leaching in which soil and groundwater quality is affected by heavy chemicals used as colouring agents. According to a study conducted by Dr Sunil Pandey of TERI, several units operating in the city that were producing plastic bags with a thickness of less than 20 microns. "The government bodies concerned have limited staff and cannot monitor illegal activity on such a large scale. What we need is proper implementation of rules and their subsequent monitoring," he said.
Climate Champions to challenge world leaders19 May 2008| The Times of India, Education Times
The upcoming G8+ summit in Kobe, Japan, will witness a new trend this time. Along with representation from heads of various nations, the summit will give a platform to the GenX of the world to present their suggestions to the environment ministers of the participating countries. Three Indian students are also part of the International Climate Champions 2008, who will go to Kobe. The preparations to present their case have already started. Twenty Indian climate change champions met recently at a two-day residential camp at TERI, Gurgaon campus.