TERI in the News
Need to develop strategies to mitigate climate change: VC28 May 2009| NAK News
Taking forward its mission of building the technical ingenuity of state, the University of Kashmir has formed a Working Group on Climate Change comprising of members from the Academia, Government and the civil society. The Working Group shall suggest a strategic plan that outlines the policies and actions required to be taken by the different organizations in the state to mitigate and adapt to the climate change effects. Apart from others, the Working Group meeting, held recently, was attended by Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain, former Vice chancellor of the University of Calicut and currently a senior fellow at TERI. Prof. Hasnain said that TERI has initiated some scientific studies in collaboration with the University and other state agencies to study the climate change in the Lidder valley.
Solar City: UT ready with draft master plan27 May 2009| The Times of India
The draft master plan for making Chandigarh a solar city would be put up for approval by the administration next week before it is sent to the ministry of renewable resources for seeking funds. In its feasibility report submitted to the administration recently, TERI had laid out detailed plans on how to reduce Chandigarhâ€™s dependence on traditional fuel and power sources, thereby bringing down the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Realty needs to link policy, research and practice for an integrated approach to sustainable development25 May 2009| The Financial Express
Real estate development uses about 40% of the energy and is probably the largest contributor to global pollution emissions and global warming, bringing the sector in the forefront of the shift towards sustainability. It is estimated that 76% of the electricity generated by all power plants is consumed by buildings. Nearly 35% of the energy consumed in a building is because of the use of light in the day time. According to Teri, the projected annual increase in energy demand, with no improvements in energy-efficiency, would be 5.4 billion kWh. The application of energy-efficient building design concepts, techniques and technologies in new construction can save about 2 billion kWh annually, representing an annual saving of Rs 30 billion at current prices.
EU to study glaciers, monsoon changes24 May 2009| The Hindu
The European Union has launched project â€œHighNoonâ€ in India to assess the impact of the retreat of Himalayan glaciers and possible changes of monsoon on distribution of water resources in north India. The project also aims at providing recommendations for appropriate and efficient strategies for adaptation to hydrological extreme events through a participatory process. The EU has earmarked â‚¬ 3 million (Rs. 19.5 crore) for the three-year project bringing together leading research institutions in the Netherlands, Britain, Switzerland and India. TERI and the IITs of Delhi and Kharagpur are part of the project.
A TERI initiative for the children23 May 2009| The Hindu
TERI has started a separate section for children at its library, which will be open for two months during the summer vacation. The attempt is to ensure that children are made aware of issues pertaining to environment and climate change. The objective of the section for children is to provide them an opportunity to learn about environmental causes and impacts.
Management education gets an environmental edge22 May 2009| The Financial Express
Indian business schools and universities are getting climate friendly. While some are launching programmes on sustainability, others are starting courses in climate change, clean technology and carbon trading to be in sync with globally emerging trends in business and environment. TERI University is also launching its MBA in business sustainability for fresh students as well as mid-career professionals in June. The programme will seek to impart new skill sets to aspiring managers so that they are in sync with a new global context, which puts a premium on sustainability. It will focus not only on the integration of sustainable agenda in management, but also ethical practices for a holistic perspective.
World Bank support for Indiaâ€™s climate change stance15 May 2009| Mint
World Bank has endorsed Indiaâ€™s stance on climate change: that it cannot undertake deep emission cuts without sacrificing poverty alleviation plans and development needs. India's long-standing position in the international debate has revolved around its growth trajectory to pull millions out of poverty into a basic standard of living, which cannot be compromised under any scenario, without financial and technological help from the developed world. The study backs this position: "This (current and future emissions trend) is not to support a lifestyle or consumption patterns displayed in developed countries, but to provide basic energy services and support a growing economy." "It is always good to have an independent technical body like the World Bank come to the same conclusions as us, even if the approaches are different, and this report will get a lot of currency," said Dr Prodipto Ghosh, distinguished fellow at TERI and a former secretary at the ministry of environment and forests. "But when we had been saying similar things, we were not pulling it from the air; we were saying them after undertaking very detailed studies, done in a much more robust manner than the World Bank's."
Sustainable urban habitat: industry has to take the lead11 May 2009| The Financial Express
Brought out by TERI in partnership with Sustainable Urbanism International and Arghyam, and with support from Rohini and Nandan Nilekani, the report on sustainable urban habitat highlights the state of affairs in cities, and makes recommendations for making cities sustainable. Focusing on sectors like buildings, water, solid waste management, transport and power, the report also makes a case for engaging the private sector either on its own or through public-private partnerships in developing sustainable cities.
Pachauri is NAF governing council chief8 May 2009| The Hindu
Dr R K Pachauri, chairman, IPCC, and director-general, TERI, has taken over as chairman, governing council, NAF (National Agro Foundation), a press release issued by the Foundation said. Founded by the late Dr C Subramaniam, who has been hailed as an architect of Indiaâ€™s Green Revolution, the NAF has been involved in multi-pronged rural development initiatives in around 250 villages in Tamil Nadu. The foundation started with two clusters in two districts covering technology-based agriculture, watershed development, and dairy development. Now, along with comprehensive social development initiatives, including the formation of self-help groups, income generating projects and functional literacy, the Foundation has expanded its scope of training over all of Tamil Nadu.
LED lanterns to light up villages6 May 2009| DNA
The Hyderabad-based R&D firm MIC Electronics Limited's solar LED lanterns would replace the kerosene and paraffin lanterns in each household, said MV Ramana Rao, managing director of MIC. The firm's high light output solar LED lanterns have found a slot in the LaBL program. The campaign â€“ LaBL (Lighting a Billion Lives) -- targets all communities across the world that lack access to modern and clean sources of lighting.