TERI in the News
Structural flaws, unchecked growth make e-rickshaws a safety hazard18 June 2014| Indian Express
The absence of any kind of measures to regulate e-rickshaws is one of the reasons why so many of them have started plying on Delhi roads over the past one year. In August 2013, the Transport department enlisted the help of TERI to carry out a study on e-rickshaws. The draft, submitted by TERI in early 2014, highlighted the need to restrict e-rickshaws to certain parts of the city. According to TERI survey, 80 per cent of those who commuted in e-rickshaws said they felt unsafe. This led to a series of meetings between the transport department and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways which culminated in the Road Transport ministry notification on April 24, rendering all e-rickshaws illegal.
AIIMS takes steps to walk the green path15 June 2014| The Hindu
The country\'s largest medical institute, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, has set in motion wheels of change towards going green. En route the green journey, the institute plans to conserve energy, reduce water consumption and work on the establishment\'s urban heat island effect to reduce microclimate heat by at least three degree Celsius. Detailing the path forward, AIIMS chief Dr M C Misra said that TERI has already started work on developing specific targets for the institute. TERI is also helping the institute look at reducing an overall water consumption by 50 per cent and work on its urban heat island effect to reduce microclimate heat by at least three degrees centigrade. Steps would also be taken to install sound and dust barriers to reduce pollution. The certification parameters have been set by GRIHA India.
Energy efficiency project for Coimbatore foundries13 June 2014| The Hindu
With focus on energy efficiency and reducing power cost for industries, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation and Global Environment Facility (GEF) will implement a project for foundries in Coimbatore to improve their energy efficiency. It will be executed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. Officials of BEE and TERI said the GEF was already implementing a project in five industrial clusters in the country, jointly with the World Bank. Mr Prosanto Pal of TERI said that awareness was created on best practices and best technologies. The technologies were those that are commercially available and the units were not adopting either because of lack of awareness or because of the finance needed.
Strengthen CIL for immediate relief12 June 2014| Business World
Coal is the backbone of the Indian economy as close to 60 per cent of the country\'s energy needs is met by thermal power plants. However, delayed environmental clearances, low yielding mines, illegal mining, red-tapism, litigation and corruption have paralysed the sector. In an interview with Business World, Mr Nitya Nanda, TERI, explains why the revival of the coal sector is not easy and needs more than block allocations and environmental clearances.
Govt-commissioned panel moots green cess on thermal power, coal11 June 2014| The Free Press Journal
A government-commissioned panel has recommended a cess of 119 rupees per tn on coal production and 75 paise per unit on thermal power generation to mitigate the negative impact of such activities on the ecology and the local social structure. For thermal plants, a single cess of 83 paise per kWh has also been suggested as an alternative to take into account both mining and power generation, according to the panel\'s report. The study titled \'Equitable sharing of benefits arising from coal mining and power generation among resource rich states\' was supported by the Planning Commission and undertaken TERI.
Huge cost of inaction on the environment9 June 2014| The Economic Times
As the government prepares new policies for a better, more prosperous India, it would do well to take a look at a report brought out by TERI on the costs of environmental inaction. It puts numbers to the cost that the nation bears on account of air pollution, unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation, and to the scale of the problem of solid waste management as India urbanises. The cost of outdoor air pollution is estimated to be Rs 1,00,000 crore.
Q&A: The perils of a fast-changing climate9 June 2014| Aljazeera
Speaking in Qatar at the opening of a new solar power facility, Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of UN\'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General of TERI, said that world leaders must move \"rather quickly\" to avoid the worst effects of climate change, including deadly heat waves and flooding that are increasingly threatening people\'s lives. In an interview with the media channel, Dr Pachauri talked about the threat of climate change and the recent growth of sustainable energy alternatives to fossil fuels.
City to crack whip on unapproved e-rickshaws7 June 2014| The Asian Age
A high-level committee of the Delhi government, which recently examined a report of TERI, said all the e-rickshaws having 30-minute power of the 250 MW motor were not eligible for exemption under the Central Motor Vehicles Act, 1989. As none of the manufacturers, suppliers, dealers or operators of e-rickshaws had obtained any type approval from the agencies mentioned under the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, the committee concluded that their operation was totally illegal and dangerous to the safety and security of the commuters and needs to be stopped henceforth.
90% Indians believe climate change is a reality4 June 2014| The Statesman
Environment seems to be the top priority on the people\'s mind with 90 per cent Indians believing climate change is a reality, according to TERI\'s Environmental Survey 2014. TERI survey says that 41 per cent middle income group people advocate environment should be prioritised compared to development. In Delhi, over 90 per cent respondents said climate change is occurring, 95 per cent felt temperatures are increasing and 64 per cent said rainfall is declining, the survey revealed.
Air quality worsening, drinking water and waste management better in Delhi, says TERI survey4 June 2014| The Hindu
Half of the respondents recently surveyed by TERI feel that the air quality in the Capital has worsened, and 40 per cent are of the view that air pollution policies have not been implemented properly. Fifty per cent said that the quality and availability of drinking water and waste management have improved. Nearly 70 per cent said citizens use more water than required, but only 17 per cent were willing to pay the actual cost of the subsidised water they use. These findings are part of the TERI annual Environmental Survey 2014.