TERI in the News
Over 160 nominations filed for new UAE global energy award28 August 2008| The Economic Times
Over 160 nominations from around 40 countries have been filed for the inaugural Zayed Future Energy Prize to be presented in a global energy summit here next year. A jury of international experts chaired by India's RK Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, will choose one winner and two finalists for the prize. Named in honour of UAE's founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and instituted by the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar, the award recognizes individuals, organizations, companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are advancing innovation in the field of clean energy and sustainable development.
Nuclear energy a must to curb global warming26 August 2008| The Times of India
Speaking at the 51st graduation function of BARC Training School in Trombay, Dr R K Pachauri, who last year received a Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, emphasized the need for nuclear energy sources in order to minimize the effects of global warming. "Nuclear energy is the best option to curb carbon emissions,'' said Dr Pachauri, who is also the director general of TERI.
India should promote renewable energy: Govt25 August 2008| SME Times
India should adopt solar energy to make the country self-reliant in the energy sector, Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy Mr Vilas Muttemwar said. "To make India self-reliant in energy sector, revolutionary steps have to be taken for generating solar energy and adopting it as an alternative source of energy," the minister added, at the function organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and TERI.
TERI in consonance with Ministry of New & Renewable Energy promises to bring light in villages25 August 2008| The Financial Express
Pledging its commitment towards addressing the physical, economic and policy aspects of energy, environment and resources, TERI along with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, celebrated Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas 2008 in the capital based on the this years common theme, â€œAkshay Urja Se Desh Vikas, Gaon Gaon Bijli, Ghar Ghar Prakashâ€. A weeklong series of activities were organized by TERI in consonance with school children from all over the National Capital Territory based on a common theme, â€˜Akshay Urja Se Desh Vikas, Gaon Gaon Bijli, Ghar Ghar Prakash. The activities under Inter school competitions ranged from model making, slogan writing and banner painting. On the other hand, skit and Debate competition were organized under the Inter college category. A Signature Campaign on the occasion was also commenced.
TERI promises to bring light in villages24 August 2008| Latest news
Pledging its commitment towards addressing the physical, economic and policy aspects of energy, environment and resources, TERI along with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, celebrated Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas 2008 in the capital today based on the this years common theme, â€œAkshay Urja Se Desh Vikas, Gaon Gaon Bijli, Ghar Ghar Prakashâ€.
IAA bats with TERI21 August 2008| The Hindu Business Line
IAA (International Advertising Association) is partnering TERI to kick-start a programme Light a Billion Lives. IAA hopes to run a national contest, attract the best communications campaign and then impress upon the media to run that campaign. The objective is to raise money that would go to install solar lanterns in some of the 75 million households in rural India that have absolutely no access to electricity. TERI and its NGO partners will handle the money, installation of solar panels, distribution of solar lanterns and so on, and IAA would create the awareness and hopefully turn on the switch that would bring in the money to Light a Billion Lives.
Dire warming: India could be four degrees hotter in 40 years20 August 2008| The Times of India
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change headed by Dr R K Pachauri had issued a warning in its fourth assessment report released in 2007 where it talked of a possible four-degree increase in global temperature. Now Indian scientists engaged in computing climate models at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology are talking of a four-degree temperature rise over current levels in India after 2050. four-degree rise in temperature for India would mean, among other things, that the rainfall pattern in the subcontinent would become heavier but less regular. This would disrupt agriculture. In addition, the rising temperature would adversely impact power, water resources and biodiversity.
TERI creates oil zappers to clean-up toxic sludge20 August 2008| IBN Live
Oil Spills are environmental disaster, but scientist has found a way to clean-up the toxic sludge- though oil-eating bugs. Scientists at TERI have developed the oil zapper that has been so effective that oil companies like Indian Oil and ONGC have partnered with TERI to use this product in their refineries. Dr Banwari Lal, TERI, says, â€œWe selected different bugs and made a cocktail out of them and they were able to degrade oil completely. It was a breakthrough that other scientists were not able to work outâ€.
Plan to promote 'green tourism'19 August 2008| The Times of India
With about 10 five-star hotels in Goa toying with idea of having regular energy audits to promote "green tourism" in the state, the tourism industry in Goa is ready for an image change-over. TERI is in consultation with the hotels to conduct regular energy audits to measure the daily energy consumption in these hotels. Energy audits are done to measure the energy (power) consumption in hotels to help assess the amount of energy that is consumed and identify means to prevent wastage of energy. As a first step in ensuring "green tourism" in the state, TERI has approached the five-star hotels, as their power consumption patterns are on the higher side. TERI is also proposing TERI's green building rating system (TERIâ€“GRIHA) to help design and evaluate new "green buildings" in the tourism sector, which would help improve the environment by reducing GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, improving energy security and reducing the stress on natural resources. The aim is to promote "green tourism" as a form of sustainable tourism, with focus on environmental sustainability and involves the application of environment friendly practices and technology at both the planning and operational phase to prevent, mitigate and reverse the detrimental environmental impacts.
Study blames malls for rising pollution19 August 2008| The Times of India
Waste generated by malls is a major cause of air and soil pollution in Kolkata, says a study conducted by TERI. Together with the booming real estate industry, malls and the consequent jump in traffic pollution (thanks to the lakhs of vehicles clogging nearby roads) account for a shocking 30 per cent of all the pollution in and around the city. The plastic waste that piles up in and around malls and other commercial establishments is a major cause of pollution, the study found. The state plastic management committee under the environment department recently issued directives for better management of plastic waste.