TERI in the News
Waste-to-Energy plant can solve BBMP woes: Study27 November 2015| The New Indian Express
The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should set up its own waste-to-energy (WtE) plant with the fuel supplied by its compost units operating across the city, a recent study on municipal solid waste management has recommended. By setting up a 600-tonne per day (TPD) waste-to-energy plant with a power generation potential of 12 MW an hour, the BBMP can take care of its own electricity requirements and even end up with some excess power, says the study whose findings were made public recently. The study was commissioned by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission to assess the feasibility of power generation from municipal solid waste. It was carried out by TERI between August and October. The residue from the compost units can serve as the input fuel for the WtE plant, said Dr G R Narsimha Rao, Associate Director, Industrial Energy, TERI, who headed the study team. According to the study, Bengaluru generates around 4000 tonnes of solid waste every day. This works out to 0.4 kg per person. This is 10 times the trash generated in Mysuru and Hubbali-Dharwad districts, the study says.
Climate summit: It''s critical for India to balance aspirations with climate concerns in Paris24 November 2015| Firstpost
Keeping with India's decision to urge rich nations to deliver 'climate justice' for developing countries, TERI will launch a document-'Delhi to Paris: Corporate vision on climate change' at Indian Pavilion of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Climate Summit in Paris in December. The document outlines the Indian corporate vision on various aspects of tackling climate change and aligning the vision with government schemes in this direction. TERI Council for Business Sustainability through the initiative has brought together nearly 200 corporates to create their vision for tackling climate change.
TERI and Global Green Growth Institute to work together for green growth in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh24 November 2015| Business Standard
TERI and the Global Green Growth Institute organised a high-level panel discussion on green growth and development in India last evening. Discussions were held around insights and recommendations at the national level, and in the states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, to move in the direction of inclusive green growth and sustainable development, the institute said in a statement. The national-level modelling assessment projects that one of the development benefits as a result of green growth interventions can be reduced poverty as well as additional employment creation of 11.7 million, of which 7.9 million could be skilled jobs. The national study also highlighted the need for capacity building for implementation and data collection for decision-making related to environmental sustainability. Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, who addressed the discussion through a video message, emphasised on the need to look at the \"polluter pays\" principle as one of the ways of tackling climate change, adding that India is ready and forthcoming to be part of the solution for addressing the issue of climate change.
Workshop on preservation of traditional knowledge24 November 2015| The Assam Tribune
A three-day workshop, Management and Preservation of Indigenous Knowledge: a North East Perspective, organized by TERI North East in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts concluded in Guwahati recently. The major objective of the workshop was to learn and share ideas and best practices to preserve and manage the traditional cultural expressions and traditional knowledge. Around 94 participants from North East attended the workshop.
Why SunEdison's bid to sell cheapest solar power may be unviable19 November 2015| DNA
The plunge in tariff at the latest reverse e-auction for solar projects to Rs 4.63 per kilowatt-hour has most in the industry scratching their heads as to how will the US-based SunEdison Inc, which has won the bid for 500 megawatt (mw) project in Andhra Pradesh, deliver at this rate. Dr Ujjwal Bhattacharjee, Senior Fellow, TERI, said that cost of loan, which generally constitutes 20-25% of the project cost for an energy project, would be critical for its viability. The viability would depend on the cost of loan. Indian commercial loans can be secured at between 11% and 13% while a dollar or Euro loan can be raised at 4-5%. This could push down the tariff, and probably make it viable, said Dr Bhattacharjee. He also felt sourcing downstream materials at competitive prices could also help in reducing prices of solar power.
Growing environmental issues addressed through a book16 November 2015| Business Standard
As the world is progressing towards economic growth and development, environment has taken a back seat. The quality of environment has dipped to an extent that it has endangered the existence of human and animal life on the earth. A researcher, through his writing makes an attempt to create an awareness regarding the impact of human induced climate change on economy, environment and society. The book titled 'Lucy and the Train' creates a futuristic scenario on the perils of a resource intensive economic growth path on human society, environment. The author of the book is Mr Anandajit Goswami, Fellow, TERI.
Pollution in Delhi hits severe levels14 November 2015| Strait Times
Pollution levels measured in PM2.5 touched 2,000 micrograms per cubic metre at a particular hour in parts of Delhi on Diwali night, over four times worse than Singapore\'s worst haze days. A proper scientific assessment of the pollution problem and a two- to three-year air quality management plan is needed, said Mr Sumit Sharma, Fellow, TERI. Over the last couple of years, a number of initiatives have been non-starters or are facing delays, including an initiative to ban vehicles older than 15 years that was supposed to have been implemented last year
GAIL and TERI to work on document to tackle climate change6 November 2015| Business Standard
GAIL has partnered with TERI, a leading energy and sustainability think tank, to develop a document, which outlines the Indian corporate vision on various aspects of tackling climate change and aligning the vision with government schemes in this direction. The draft of the document, titled 'Delhi to Paris: Corporate Vision on Climate Change', was presented at a seminar organised by TERI-CBS (Council for Business Sustainability). The final document will be launched at India Pavilion of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 to be held in Paris.
Creating environmental awareness through music4 November 2015| The Times of India
Environmental degradation, which is affecting the quality of life, has become a major concern in recent years. Mr Anandajit Goswami, Fellow, TERI, is creating awareness among people about environment and how to maintain sustainability through music. "Ajnabee" the music track composed by Mr Goswami highlights and attempts to create awareness impacting the social domain of sustainability.
Corporate India reinforces India\'s commitments at National Seminar ahead of COP 213 November 2015| India Blooms
The TERI-CBS (Council for Business Sustainability), an independent platform for corporate leaders to address issues related to sustainable development, organized National Seminar for businesses to deliberate upon topics related to climate change that cut across industries as some of the most urgent concerns -energy, waste, water and renewable energy. As part of its efforts in the run up to COP 21, this mega-initiative by TERI-CBS is an amalgamation of corporate best practices into a charter titled \'Corporate Vision Document on Climate Change\'.