TERI in the News
TERI inks deal with Mexican institute25 December 2008| The Hindu
To devise energy efficient policies and technologies of renewable energies and their usage in India and Mexico, TERI and the Centre for Innovation and Renewable Energy (CIRE), Mexico City signed a memorandum of understanding. Director General of TERI Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of National Knowledge Commission Mr Sam Pitroda, Ambassador of Mexico in India Mr Rogelio Granguillhome MorfÃn, and representative of the Government of Mexico Mr Manuel Camacho were present at the signing of the MoU. As per the MoU, TERI will work closely with CIRE in the areas of human resources and infrastructure development; working out the research agenda and its plan of action so that the aims of CIRE are met.
An initiative for 'green buildings'24 December 2008| Deccan Herald
In a joint initiative undertaken by TERI and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, green buildings will now be rated on a national scale called Griha. TERI's green building ratings will evaluate the environmental performance of a building holistically over its entire life cycle, thereby providing a definitive standard for what constitutes a 'green building'.
TERI receives second knighthood honour from French government24 December 2008| Dailyindia
Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director (Operations), TERI has been appointed Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Academiques) by the Prime Minister of the French Republic. The Knighthood has been conferred on Dr Srivastava for her immense contributions to the field of environment, sustainable development, and her persistent contribution towards academics and scientific research at TERI University as Dean, Academics.
TERI Signs MoU with Center for Innovation and Renewable Energy, Mexico City23 December 2008| Frontierindia
TERI and the Center for Innovation and Renewable Energy (CIRE) signed a memorandum of understanding declaring to promote renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in both the countries and the Latin American society at large.
Go green with N-power: Minister22 December 2008| The Times of India
Speaking at an interactive session organized by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Minister for External Affairs, Mr Pranab Mukherjee said that using nuclear energy as a source of generating power could be an effective way to control global warming. The Centre is now working to chalk out a plan to tackle global warming and climate change. Eight cities of the country, including Kolkata, have been included in this programme. TERI is conducting various studies on this issue. In Bengal, TERI is conducting a study on the impact of climate change, particularly in North Bengal and the Sunderbans.
Pachauri proposes plan to reduce power consumption19 December 2008| Deccan Herald
Nobel laureate and chairman of Intergovernmental Plan on Climate Change Dr R K Pachauri has proposed a joint plan between Government of Karnataka and TERI to reduce power consumption in Vidhana Soudha and Vikas Soudha. Dr Pachauri proposed the plan during his meeting with the stateâ€™s Chief Minister.
Need for change in lifestyle to tackle climate change18 December 2008| The Hindu
Noble laureate Dr R K Pachauri stressed the need for a change in the mindset and lifestyle of the people and a major shift in every sector of economy to deal with the challenge of climate change. He was delivering the 14th Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture at Chinmaya Mission Centre. Delivering a lecture on "Ethics and The Challenge of Climate Change", Dr Pachauri, who won the Noble Peace Prize in 2007, said: Scientists had been warning us of the "implications of the climate change, brought about by the industrialisation, for over a hundred years. A lot has been written and extensive research is done on the adverse effects of unbridled industrialisation, but we have ignored what the knowledge had been telling us because it was in the interest of companies and the people."
Buildings can get green ratings, incentives17 December 2008| The Times of India
Soon, constructing a green building here will not only reduce your electricity and water bills but also earn you incentives from MNRE (ministry of new and renewable energy). Griha, its green building rating system, will be launched in South India early next year. Until now, most constructors and architects have been following the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, based on the US architecture and developed by the US Green Building Council. Griha focuses on passive architectural strategies or designs that suit the Indian climate. MNRE adopted Griha in November 2007, and launched it in North India. Now, it plans to use Griha in the South. Work will start with a training programme here on Griha guidelines by MNRE and TERI on 22 and 23 December 2008.
Nobel laureate urges Pak-India renewable energy venture16 December 2008| Daily Times
Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI and Chairman of the Nobel Peace award winner IPCC, has called for a joint venture between India and Pakistan to exploit renewable energy sources. "Large parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat, which are non-cultivable, can become reservoirs of solar energy. Moreover, if we join hands with our neighbour, Pakistan, the entire desert area in Sindh and large tracts of Balochistan can be jointly used as bases for developing solar energy," said Dr Pachauri, while speaking at a global conference on environment. This would make the sub-continent a major dynamo of renewable energy, whose know-how can then be supplied to other parts of the world, he added.
Very soon, we won't be able to adapt to climate change: Pachauri12 December 2008| The Pioneer
Very soon, the impacts of climate change will exceed our capacities to adapt to them, Dr R K Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has warned. The head of the panel that has done more than anyone else to bring the effects of climate change - lowered farm output, more frequent and more severe droughts, floods and storms and a rise in sea level - to the forefront of world attention said, "The impacts of climate change are now so evident. If we don't take immediate action they will get far worse. And remember, poorest countries and the poorest communities in these countries are the most vulnerable to these effects." Dr Pachauri warned, "Very soon, climate change impacts will exceed the adaptive capacities of local communities. We have to have a strategy by which the adaptation has to be local, while mitigation has to be global." "The good news is that mitigation possibilities are not costly," Dr Pachauri added. There is now plenty of evidence to show that moving to a low carbon renewable energy development path is a win-win solution.