TERI in the News
Stress on shifting rice cultivation to eastern states23 September 2012| The Hindustan Times
With reports of water table going down in Punjab and Haryana considered as "rice bowl of India", experts feel cultivation of the staple grain, which requires good amount of water could be shifted to eastern states having favourable condition. While addressing an agricultural summit in Chandigarh, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, favoured creation of buffer stock of water in the country to deal with the crisis triggered by the phenomenon of climate change.
Global warming: Pachauri for creating buffer stock of water19 September 2012| The Hindu Business Line
Cautioning against the depletion of water resources due to climate change, noted environmentalist Dr R K Pachauri favoured creation of a buffer stock of water in the country to deal with the crisis. Dr Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, said policymakers need to pay attention to the issue as India is facing problems due to global warming.
India: After seven years, UT to get its first green building today19 September 2012| Indian Express
Finally, after a period of seven years, Chandigarh's dream to have an energy efficient green building is going to be realized soon with Paryavaran Bhawan in Sector 19 being inaugurated by UT Administrator Mr Shivraj V Patil. Christened Paryavaran Complex, the building is constructed adjacent to the Old Architects Building in collaboration with TERI, New Delhi, according to the Energy Conservation Building Codes and other green building concepts.
TERI study shows Pune's carbon footprint is rising19 September 2012| The Times of India
TERI's rapid urbanization with IT parks, manufacturing industries, educational institutes, malls and multiplexes has made its carbon footprint much higher than some other Indian cities, a study by TERI. The carbon inventory was carried out in the municipal limits. All urban activities within the administrative boundaries of the civic body were considered while estimating carbon emissions. The inventory included carbon emission from energy consumption, municipal waste disposal sites and sewage transport thorough pipelines.
Punjab government inks MoU with TERI to tackle environmental issues18 September 2012| The Times of India
The Punjab government inked a MoU with TERI to address issues pertaining to climate change, sustainable development, conservation and optimal use of water. The MoU was signed by Principal Secretary of science, technology, environment and non-conventional energy department, Mr Karan Avtar Singh and Director General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri, in the presence of Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal.
Don't dump cartons, they can be recycled16 September 2012| The Times of India
A whopping 1 lakh tetrapak cartons were collected by student volunteers at Phoenix Mall, Whitefield, as part of Project Search (Sensitization, Education and Awareness on Recycling for a Cleaner Habitat), an environment education programme driven by TERI. The 'Cartons to Classrooms' initiative brought the city together to target collecting 1 lakh tetrapak cartons for recycling into furniture that will be donated to an underprivileged school. Participants came out by the hundreds to support the cause at a two-day event.
Malabar Hill surface 4 degrees hotter since 199816 September 2012| The Times of India
The unending, unplanned concretisation of Mumbai is not just impacting its air brutally but also its land. A recent study shows that between 1998 and 2011 the temperature of the land here rose by an average of 2-3 degrees Celsius, with Malabar Hill suffering the biggest increase, followed by Santa Cruz (West), Khar (West) and Bandra (West). Conducted by TERI, the study recorded land surface temperature by examining satellite images. LST, experts explained, indicates how hot the earth surface is. It differs from the atmospheric temperature but contributes to a general increase in temperature. High land surface temperature affects flora and fauna besides disturbing humans' concentration levels and work efficiency as well as causing in them depression and irritation.
German bank push for energy efficient homes15 September 2012| The Asian Age
In a strong bid to promote energy conservation in the residential sector, German KfW Development Bank is providing a loan of euro 50 million to National Housing Bank (NHB) for refinancing housing loans to buy energy efficient housing units. KfW has pushed a similar scheme in Germany, where it provided loans to the tune of euro 40 billion for 1.8 billion "green" housing units. This helped substantively bring energy consumption down in the residential sector in Germany. The assessment tool allows the user to enter the key features of the building project to be assessed. It has been prepared along international standards ISO 13790 and is validated for different climate zones of India. Ms Mili Majumdar, Director (sustainable habitat), TERI believes that since 24 per cent of the energy consumption is attributed to residential building, there is a huge energy saving of up to between 30 to 50 per cent with the intervention of such a tool.
TERI launches assessment tool to predict energy performance in residential buildings14 September 2012| The Economic Times
TERI has launched a toolkit to predict energy performance in new residential projects in India, especially energy-intensive high-rise buildings. This will help identify energy saving potential in various projects when compared to a reference building. The assessment tool, Resbuild India, has been launched by TERI in association with KfW, the German Federal Bank, National Housing Bank and Fraunhofer IBP under the promotional programme for energy efficiency in new residential buildings. The objective is to calculate the projected energy demand and identify energy saving potential in comparison to a reference building. Developers can then use this energy saving potential to apply for loans according to the KfW/ National Housing Bank programme on energy efficient residential buildings.
Himachal will be showcased as a model in green development: Pachauri12 September 2012| The Hindustan Times
Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI has said that Himachal Pradesh will be highlighted as a role model in green development while undertaking projects with South-East Asian countries, including Japan, Korea and China. On behalf of TERI, Dr Pachauri signed a MoU with the Himachal Pradesh government for setting up a TERI regional Centre in Himachal. Dr Pachauri said TERI was keen to collaborate with Himachal Pradesh for developing green buildings in the state. He also expressed his keenness for sustainable development of clean transport system in the state.