TERI in the News
Solar power gains ground30 July 2010| Nature
India's ambitious solar lighting programme — the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission — has spurred the interest of alternative energy researchers on the best ways to reach cost-effective solar electrification to rural India. In much of rural India, where the number of households without electricity outnumbers the ones on grid electricity, there are problems galore — power cuts, scarce electrification hours and expensive rates. These are issues that programmes like 'Lighting a Billion Lives' — a campaign by TERI — are trying to overcome. The programme which started in 2008 and illuminates rural households having no access to electricity, has lighted about 30,000 households spread over 550 villages across 15 Indian states.
To green its arid tracts, UAE turns to Indian fungus tech30 July 2010| The Indian Express
A technology developed by TERI that uses a naturally occurring species of fungus called Mycorrhiza, has been making agriculture possible in the unlikeliest of places. This fungus attaches itself to the roots of plants, and acts as extended arms to absorb nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen from parts of the soil that would otherwise be beyond the reach of the plant. The fungus also converts non-absorbable nutrients into a form that can be absorbed by plants. The result is greater availability of nutrients for plants even in adverse soil conditions.
City to map, offset carbon footprint29 July 2010| Times City
The city wants to address climate change by calculating its carbon emission. As a part of this exercise, the city, over the next six months, will measure the impact of human activities on the environment to find out the amount of greenhouse gases produced. This was stated in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s environment status report (ESR) for 2009-10 submitted by New Delhi - based The Energy Research Institute (TERI) on Wednesday."The carbon footprint for Pune will be ready within the next six months, if we get all the data. It will be the first city in Maharashtra to have its carbon footprint," said fellow and TERI coordinator Anjali Parasnis. The effect of extra carbon dioxide in the air used while burning fossil fuels like coal, natural gas or petrol of diesel has increased global warming. Read more > >
In a first, city to get a carbon footprint report in 6 months29 July 2010| Indian Express
TERI would submit a carbon footprint report for Pune city in six months, thereby making it the first city in the country to have such a report. all urban activities would be considered while estimating carbon emissions and the inventory would focus on the impact of energy consumption. The city municipal corporation would initiate steps to reduce carbon emissions in the city once its sources were identified. TERI has, meanwhile, adopted thematic indicators to assess the environment status of the city in its environment status report. It has given 73.68 per cent rating for various features related to environment. It has allotted 141.5 out of 250 points for growth, 243 out of 300 for state of natural resources, 181.5 out of 250 for urban services and 129.6 out of 144 points for initiatives to improve city environment.
Off-grid lighting solutions for rural electrification28 July 2010| Solar Daily
In continuation of its efforts and commitment towards providing clean lighting solutions in rural regions of the country and beyond, TERI under its flagship project "Lighting a Billion Lives" (LaBL), unveiled new models of solar lanterns jointly designed and developed by TERI along with its technology partners. These new solar lanterns will provide cutting edge, affordable lighting solutions, ensuring high quality illumination. TERI has worked with several partner organizations in bringing about major improvements in the design of solar lanterns to make these affordable and reliable so that we can light up the homes of those deprived of regular electricity supply.
Plotting a green footprint for commercial buildings27 July 2010| Mint
Five years from now, most new buildings will consume much less energy. This is because in three years, they will be mandated to comply with India’s new mission on building sustainable habitats in cities and urban centres, especially the large commercial buildings. All the ratings and certification schemes, whether Griha (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) from TERI, ECBC (Energy Conservation Building Code) or IGBC (Indian Green Building Council), are voluntary.
TERI, Tetra Pak launch SEARCH Phase II27 July 2010| Indiablooms
TERI, along with Tetra Pak India Pvt. Ltd, are launching the phase II of Project SEARCH, a nationwide programme launched in 2009 to create awareness amongst school students, teachers and the school community at large about waste and the habit of refusing, reducing, reusing and recycling. This year being the second year in the series, the project focuses on; promoting respect for nature’s resources and make an effort to reduce one’s footprint and also to understand the connection between lifestyle, consumption, waste and environment.
TERI develops cost-effective solar lamps24 July 2010| The Asian Age
As part of their "Lighting a Billion Lives" campaign, TERI has developed new generation costeffective solar lanterns. These lanterns using LED lamps provide illumination which is the equivalent of a 40 W lamp and works for approximately eight hours. Unveiling the project, Dr R K Pachauri , Director General, TERI, pointed out, "Already 29,977 solar lamps are in use in 16 states in the country. At present 1.5 billion people in the world lack access to electricity."
TERI unveils new generation cost effective off-grid lighting solutions for rural electrification under its Lighting a Billion Lives campaign23 July 2010| Businesswire India
In continuation of its efforts and commitment towards providing clean lighting solutions in rural regions of the country and beyond, TERI under its flagship project, LaBL (Lighting a Billion Lives), unveiled new models of solar lanterns jointly designed and developed by TERI along with its technology partners. These new solar lanterns will provide cutting edge, affordable lighting solutions, ensuring high quality illumination.
Chandigarh seeks solar city status21 July 2010| iGovernment
The Chandigarh Administration has submitted a draft plan to the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy for the grant of solar city status to the Union Territory. By implementing the solar city initiative, the administration plans to reduce the city’s energy consumption by 10 per cent in 2012 and 20 per cent by 2018. The Ministry has already approved the solar city master plan prepared by TERI.