TERI in the News
Disinvest, use money for green assets: Finance commission chief20 November 2009| The Economic Times
The government should sell off half its public sector undertakings and use the $200 billion it will thus make to build environmental assets, 13th Finance Commission Chairman Dr Vijay Kelkar said. India built physical assets by setting up public sector undertakings when that was needed. Now private firms are able and willing to buy these assets. But they are not willing to build natural resource assets, which is what India needs now. That is what the government should build, the noted economist said. Dr Kelkar was speaking at the release of a report by TERI on what India should look like in 2047, a hundred years after independence. With just about a month left before the 13th Finance Commission submits its report, Dr Kelkar said there were three inter-state issues "where we need to shift from negative to positive externalities through transfers -- forests, green energy and water". Externalities are the unintended consequences of an action.
TERI, Sidbi to facilitate Chandigarh engineering cluster20 November 2009| Business Standard
TERI will facilitate the implementation of a project by Small Industries Development Bank of India (Sidbi), â€˜Small and Medium Business Enterprises Financing and Development Projectâ€™, in the Chandigarh-Mohali-Panchkula engineering cluster. The project focuses on market-based development of the cluster through strengthening of various Business Development Service (BDS) providers. According to TERI officials, they conducted a mapping exercise of the cluster and prepared an action plan for strengthening the BD providers and establishing economies of scales for their operations.
Black carbon can't be linked to global warming: Pachauri17 November 2009| The Times of India
Black carbon in the atmosphere is an issue of concern but it can't be linked to melting of glaciers or global warming, leading climate expert Dr R K Pachauri said, dismissing fears that soot produced from biomass or fuel burning is as harmful as greenhouse gases. As black carbon remains an issue of concern, the Intergovernmental Penal on Climate Change (IPCC) will be carrying out a detailed study on its impact on glaciers and climate change in the fifth assessment report to be released in 2013, Dr Pachauri said.
Pachauri rubbishes report on glaciers16 November 2009| The Indian Express
Rubbishing the claim by a government-backed study that melting of glaciers was not due to climate change, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI has dubbed it as â€œtotally unsubstantiated scientific opinionâ€ and flayed Union Environment Minister Mr Jairam Ramesh for endorsing it. Dr Pachauri, head of the Nobel Prize winner Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, said it was universally acknowledged that glaciers were melting because of climate change and the same applied to Indian glaciers.
Agri-innovations key to food security in India15 November 2009| One World South Asia
In view of global food insecurity, use of biotechnology and innovations in agriculture can improve yields and provide relief to the farmers, say experts. At a workshop in Indiaâ€™s capital, the need for a new Green Revolution has been strongly recommended. Speaking at a workshop on â€˜Ensuring Food Security and Agricultural Sustainability through advances in Agri-Biotechnologyâ€™, jointly organized by TERI University and the All India Crop Biotechnology Association in New Delhi, minister of state for agriculture Mr K V Thomas said that the genetically modified crops debate has to be more balanced.
Australian PM announces $1m contribution to TERI13 November 2009| The Hindu Business Line
The Australian Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Michael Rudd, has announced $1 million contribution to TERI towards technical cooperation in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and water resource management. This contribution, under the aegis of Australian Aid (AusAid) is for the project between Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and TERI, aiming to develop a zero emissions solar cooling system for use in remote rural communities in un-electrified areas. This Australian assistance in climate change will be mainly towards technical cooperation in renewable energy, energy efficiency and water resource management for the period 2009-10, a TERI release said.
India joins China in plans to increase solar power13 November 2009| Bloomberg News
India is targeting generation of 20,000 megawatts of solar power by 2022, joining China as the two Asian nations that resist emission caps draft plans to boost renewable energy before next month's global climate change talks. China and India have opposed legally binding caps as industrialized nations seek commitments for programs that will curb the output of gases blamed for global warming. The two fastest-growing major economies balk at emission targets because their energy usage is projected to rise as more people are lifted out of poverty. According to Mr Shirish Garud, TERI, it is not a big challenge in terms of technology or engineering; the major challenge will be in mobilizing the financing."
Australia pledges $70 million for research projects in India12 November 2009| The Times of India
Australia has decided to scale up its collaboration with India in science and research by pledging over $70 million in areas straddling energy, agriculture and environment. Australian Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd announced that his government would invest $50 million for the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund; $1 million for an innovative joint solar cooling research project; and $20 million for research into dryland farming in India.
Planet too warm? Bury the CO28 November 2009| The Times of India
Japan is the latest country to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in deep geo logical formations, oceans or as mineral carbonates. There is good reason. The Land of the Rising Sun is the fifth largest emitter of greenhouse gases on the planet. It faces the weighty task of cutting them by 25% by 2020 against 1990 levels. According to Mr Prabhat Upadhayaya, TERI, developed countries are supportive of this relatively-new technology. But till concrete results are out, developing countries such as India wonâ€™t be comfortable adopting it.
TERI BCSD India member corporates reiterate their commitment to sustainable development fostering industry â€“ academia partnership7 November 2009| BusinessWire India
"Fostering Industry Academia Partnership for a Sustainable Tomorrow" with Prof Richard C Levin, The President of Yale University and Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General TERI and Chairman, IPCC hosted by TERI Business Council for Sustainable Development, India. The round table was co-hosted by Bayer Group in India, a select BCSD India company. The high profile discussion highlighted that Industry-endowed research in the Indian universities have to start moving in the right direction, given the imperatives of sustainable development and energy efficiency in a world facing the impact of climate change.