TERI in the News
India keen to play lead role in Nagoya meet23 May 2010| The Economic Times
India will play a proactive role in ensuring that an international protocol on biodiversity to provide access and benefit sharing is finalized at Nagoya, Japan in October this year. The Nagoya meet, to be attended by 193 members, is crucial for developing nations like India which is seeking a single legally binding international pact to deal with access to and benefit sharing of bio-resources, a move vehemently opposed by the rich countries, said the Environment and Forests Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh, while addressing a function organized by TERI to mark the international biodiversity day.
India wants legally binding treaty for sharing bio resources23 May 2010| Business Standard
India plans to play a larger role in protection of forests and biodiversity, especially in the tenth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to be held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010. The meet will discuss adoption of an international protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing. The Nagoya meet, which will be attended by 193 members, is crucial for developing nations like India which are seeking a single legally-binding international pact to deal with access to and benefit from sharing of bio-resources, a move vehemently opposed by rich countries, Environment and Forests Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh said while addressing the national seminar on biodiversity organized by TERI.
TERI along with National Biodiversity Authority of India and UNDP hosts the National Seminar on Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation in the context of Climate Change22 May 2010| BusinessWire India
The conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity offers resilience to climate variability and natural disasters. Biodiversity improves the capacity of a social-ecological system both to withstand perturbations (from climate or economic shocks) and to rebuild and renew itself afterwards. Very few policy and decision makers are aware of this important contribution of biodiversity. Recognizing the opportunities that healthy ecosystems provide to adapt to global change is crucial; TERI along with the National Biodiversity Authority of India and UNDP hosted the National Seminar on Biodiversity, Development and Poverty Alleviation in the context of Climate Change, a global theme declared by the United Nations.
Government in pact with Ansal for green construction19 May 2010| The Financial Express
The government has announced its first tie up with a private real estate developerâ€”Ansal Properties â€” to popularise energy efficient construction style that will cut down carbon emission from large townships. This is part of the governmentâ€™s national action plan on climate change. The government wants all real estate developers to voluntarily adopt to the guidelines jointly prepared by the ministry and TERI and get a rating. The ministry offers incentives for getting green rating, by way of reimbursing the rating fee besides rewarding the architect. Ansal would invest about Rs 1300 crore in the next three years to develop a 112-acre green township in Gurgaon called Esencia. This will be a pilot project for a new green rating system called â€˜Grihaâ€™ jointly promoted by the ministry and TERI.
Gurgaon green houses to produce zero waste17 May 2010| The Pioneer
The first ever â€œgreenâ€ residential complex, proposed at about 12 km in the national Capital region at Gurgaon, would use non-conventional energy resources, setting an example in energy efficiency across the country. It is being worked jointly by TERI and ADARSH (Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitat). The township would be committed to send zero waste or minimum waste to the municipal landfills and use integrated systems of non-renewable energy as a part of its green initiatives. For instance, depending on the availability of sunlight, wind, biomass etc, energy can be generated as backup to diesel-run generator sets. Sunlight and biomass is being considered as the most plausible source in the given situation. In case of the integrated photovoltaic systems, energy captured by the photovoltaic panels is fed into a battery bank, which would be the main source of power at night. A number of panels, each are joined and form an integral part of the system.
Green Habitat rules in a month15 May 2010| The Economic Times
The government plans to introduce environment rating of habitats, a logical extension of GRIHA (green rating for integrated habitat assessment) system for new buildings. The MNRE has constituted a committee of experts to get a comprehensive set of suggestions from builders, town planners, architects, government officials, developers, environment experts and officials. The exercise is also being supported by ADARSH (Association for Development and Research of Sustainable Habitat), jointly supported by the MNRE and TERI.
Real estate giants will be roped in for green houses14 May 2010| The Financial Express
With a view to reduce carbon emissions, the government will soon rope in major real estate developers for voluntary adoption of a set of new guidelines on building low energy consuming green housing complexes. The move is part of the government's national action plan on climate change. The ministry of new and renewable energy has asked an expert agency set up by it in partnership with TERI to evolve a set of guidelines on how to build large housing complexes in the most environment friendly and energy efficient way. The new guidelines would include requirements such as meeting about 5% of the energy requirements through renewable sources.
Global efforts mandatory to save environment, says Dr. Pachauri11 May 2010| Bombay News
Chairman of the UN's Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change Dr R K Pachauri expressed his disappointment over the Copenhagen talks and urged upon the international community to collectively act in checking deterioration of ecology. Dr Pachauri, while delivering a lecture organized by the Institute of Rural Research and Development, noted that the international negotiations have not been up to the expectations in the interest of environment.
Policy advocacy and grassroots action recognized at the TN Khoshoo Memorial Award and Lecture 201011 May 2010| Businesswire India
"Live simply that others may simply live", said Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of the Nobel peace prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General of TERI, quoting Mahatma Gandhi to sum up his thoughts on â€˜The Scientific and Ethical Dimensions of Climate Changeâ€™ at the T N Khoshoo Memorial Lecture at New Delhi. â€œEnvironmental protection and economic welfare are compatible, but not under the present unsustainable model of economic development", he said, outlining a view of possible future action. Mr Joss Brooks, the founder of the Pitchandikulam Bioresource Centre in Puducherry was felicitated with the T N Khoshoo Memorial Award for his work on restoration projects in Tamil Nadu. Sharing the stage with him was Mr Girish Sant, co-founder of the Pune-based Prayas, who received the award as part of the Prayas (Energy Group) for its policy-influencing work in the energy sector
Dukhan tests lift hopes for farming10 May 2010| Gulf Times
A demonstration project has raised hopes of improving soil conditions and of growing crops using microbial technologies in Qatar. TERI was involved in the demonstration project in Dukhan, where "hyper-saline waste land" of about 4,000sq m was made "productive" using microbial fertilisers a couple of years ago. Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General if TERI, told Gulf Times yesterday that within a year of launching the Dukhan demonstration project, the physical and chemical properties of the soil were "significantly altered" and a "better ecosystem" was created as evident by the presence of earthworms, various birds and insects. Pachauri suggested that Qatar make use of its vast land resources and condition them for supporting large-scale farming activity in a "cost-effective and sustainable" manner to achieve "self-sufficiency" in food.