TERI in the News
Experts press for state-level climate change action plan24 September 2009| The Hindu
An apolitical group of policy makers, politicians and experts has suggested to the Government to take steps for evolving a State-level â€œClimate Change Action Planâ€ for mitigating the effect of climate change in a systematic manner. Former Legislative Council Chairmen Prof. B K Chandrashekar and Mr V R Sudarshan; Deputy Chairperson of the Karnataka State Planning Board Dr D H Shankaramurthy; Member of Parliament Mr Chandre Gowda and several experts, suggested that such an action plan was a must for the State to seek technical and financial assistance from the national and international agencies for mitigating the effect of climate change. Prof. Chandrashekar said. He suggested that the Government should form an independent body comprising experts from various organisations, NGOs and stakeholders, including Indian Institute of Science, University of Agricultural Sciences, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre and TERI, to formulate and implement such a plan.
Climate talks: 'wrong to blame India for deadlock'23 September 2009| The Hindu
Blamed for the deadlock in climate change talks along with China, India has said it will be a "deal-maker" and not a "deal-breaker." Ahead of the United Nations climate summit of world leaders, Environment Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh told reporters that India would like to be part of a solution to hammer a new global climate pact. Mr Ramesh said the present crisis on climate change was the "inability" of the United States to put on the table credible emissions reduction targets for 2020. Warning that the impact of climate change will make some countries "failed states," chairmen of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr R K Pachauri, said world leaders have a "sacred duty" to protect the earth.
India to be deal-maker in climate pact: Ramesh23 September 2009| The Financial Express
Blamed for the deadlock in climate change talks along with China, India said it will be a 'deal-maker' and not a 'deal-breaker' and would like to be part of a solution to hammer a new global climate pact. Ahead of the UN climate summit of world leaders to be opened by the US President, India also said the present crisis on climate change is the "inability" of the US to put on the table credible emissions reduction targets for 2020. India is planning aggressive cuts in emissions in a time-bound manner but the country will not compromise on its target to achieve 8% economic growth a year.
India wonâ€™t be a deal-breaker: Ramesh23 September 2009| The Tribune
Blamed for the deadlock in climate change talks along with China, India says it will be a â€œdeal-makerâ€ and not a â€œdeal-breakerâ€ and would like to be part of a solution to hammer a new global climate pact. Ahead of the UN climate summit of world leaders, India also said the present crisis on climate change is the â€œinabilityâ€ of the US to put on the table credible emissions reduction targets for 2020. Environment Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh and climate change expert Dr R K Pachauri also underlined the need for the US to bring about a â€œlifestyle changeâ€ to combat climate change.
PESIT Bangalore students craft sun-tracking device23 September 2009| Siliconindia
In an endeavour to go green and harness the power of solar energy, a device created by students of PES Institute of Technology (PESIT) has gone a step ahead in the use of solar panels. The novel sun-tracking device, which can position solar panels suitably to maximize power generation has, in the process, garnered the JC Bose Award of Rs 25,000 at the PES Project Fair 09. Technical honchos from firms such as AMD were also involved in shortlisting projects for the J C Bose Award, Dr R K Pachauri Award and Sir M Visvesvaraya Award for excellence in fields like environmental and societal effect of designs.
Swiss Embassy, TERI University and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology discuss Building Green Cities19 September 2009| News Online
The Swiss Embassy in New Delhi and the State Secretariat for Education and Research along with TERI University held a conference, â€˜Building Green Citiesâ€™ at the TERI University campus in New Delhi to discuss the significance of green buildings and the architectural and energetic approach towards building green and sustainable cities. India and Switzerland are observing 2009 as the Year of Swiss Science and Technology in India. To commemorate the occasion, the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi and the State Secretariat for Education and Research along with TERI University held a conference in New Delhi to discuss the significance of green buildings and the architectural and energetic approach towards building green and sustainable cities.
TERI to study climate change impact in Maharashtra19 September 2009| The Times of India
The Maharashtra government has appointed TERI to study the likely impact of climate change in Maharashtra in the years to come. The study will be undertaken in the next two months and spread over two years. The study will look at the impact on agriculture, urban development, water supply, energy and coastal areas. Mumbai has been identified as one of the six cities in the world vulnerable to global warming and rising sea levels in a study published in the journal Environment and Urbanisation. Moreover, for the first time in decades, the city did not have a good monsoon this year. A committee of secretaries of concerned departments will identify the districts where this study is to be conducted. Around three districts will be selected for the study and the total cost will be Rs 80 lakh. The institute will make recommendations on how the state can adapt to climate change in the year 2030, 2050 and 2070.
India warms up to solar energy16 September 2009| UPI Asia
A massive initiative to generate solar energy is heating up in Gujarat, which could make it the countryâ€™s hub for solar power. In the stateâ€™s Rann of Kutch â€“ an 11,000-square-mile area of inhospitable, barren, saline and clay-clad terrain â€“ the only visible gleam is a mirage. But soon, giant solar panels will dot 1,500 hectares of the Banaskantha district, a small part of the sun-baked region where daytime temperatures normally soar to 110 degrees F (43 degrees C), to generate electricity. â€œIndia has to be self-sufficient in energy,â€ said Mr Shirish Garud of TERI, â€œbut that canâ€™t be reliant solely on fossil fuel. The country has to shift focus to renewable sources of energy, and since India is located in one of the sunniest regions of the world, solar energy must play a key role.â€
100 buildings on green map13 September 2009| The Indian Express
The Delhi government plans to turn 100 prominent buildings in the Capital green before the Commonwealth Games. NDMC headquarters, Delhi Secretariat, the sales tax office and the towering Vikas Minar are part of a list of old buildings which will be â€˜retro-fittedâ€™ to turn them energy efficient. The Delhi government will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with TERI and the Clinton Climate Initiative to the buildings, covering over 10,000 square feet, energy efficient. While Delhi was the first state to make an Energy Conservation Building Code mandatory for new buildings, this will be the first major initiative by the government to set the ball rolling.
Danish PM Rasmussen in India for COP 1512 September 2009| Thaindian
Prime Minister of Denmark, Mr Lars Lokke Rasmussen was on three-day visit in a bid to step up negotiations and had meetings with his counter part Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Dr RK Pachauri. The two countries to have signed MOU on mitigation of energy emission and transfer of Green technology. Denmark is world leader the solar, wind energy and other renewable energy.