TERI in the News

28 record(s) found in 'December 2009'

  • Copenhagen 'a step forward' in limiting temperature level: Pachauri

    21 December 2009| The Economic Times

    IPCC Chairman Dr R K Pachauri has termed the "a step forward as it limits temperature level to two degree Celsius" and said India has more or less managed to safeguard its concerns on emission cuts. Dr Pachauri said that lot of hard work has to be done to ensure that all the countries, parties to the UN Framework on Climate Change Convention are agreed upon with it (to make it a binding deal). In view of major differences among the least developing nations besides island nations with the developed and emerging economies, the accord is yet to earn universal support from the 193 nations participating at the summit, leaving the conference chair to conclude that participants merely "take note" of the deal. Dr Pachauri noted that India has gained in the accord by preserving its developmental stage. Moreover, India is seen as a major player by actively engaging in the negotiations to happen. It has ensured that it does not take any emission cuts, Dr Pachauri added.

  • TERI green report

    20 December 2009| The Asian Age

    TERI GREEN India report, India 2047 – Looking Back to Think Ahead, puts several red lines around the worsening environmental situation in the areas of water scarcity, air pollution, land resources, solid waste disposal, forests and biological diversity.

  • India needs own solution to climate change

    16 December 2009| UPI Asia

    As India and other developing countries race against time to hammer out a deal on climate change in Copenhagen, millions of rural and poor Indians believe that the responsibility for solving climate change lies with the government. This is despite the fact that much of their suffering caused by adverse climatic conditions is a result of global warming, the solution of which really lies in global efforts. According to TERI, India’s mitigation program should not just include structural measures and physical modifications of the use of resources but also nonstructural measures such as economic incentives, legal, institutional and policy instruments.

  • Youth get talking about climate change

    16 December 2009| The Times of India

    To sensitise youth about climate change, a one-day workshop was organized by TERI. Youngsters from across Gujarat discussed various issues including depletion of fresh water resources in the state. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, TERI is reaching out to youth in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Guwahati. The aim of such workshops is to make the voice of the next generation be heard at the summit. The workshop was held at Gujarat Ecological Education and Research Foundation in Gandhinagar.

  • 21 city government buildings to go green: Delhi

    15 December 2009| The Times of India

    As the world copes with Hagen, the government of Delhi, one of the few cities that can boast of a specific climate change agenda, is busy trying to reduce its carbon footprint by making its buildings energy efficient. The environment department is finally ready with an initial study of 21 government buildings on which it will carry out retrofitting. Work is expected to start in the next two months. Retrofitting means incorporating energy efficient technology into already existing buildings without making major changes to their initial structures. This includes the use of CFLs, small scale construction and so on. The department had earlier signed an MoU with TERI under the Clinton Climate Initiative for the retrofitting of 100 government buildings in the city. The 21 that have been assessed are the first installment of buildings that will be targeted. These include the Delhi Secretariat, Vikas Minar and Soochna Bhavan.

  • Australia Solar Institute keen to partner Indian research bodies

    13 December 2009| The Hindu Business Line

    The Australian Solar Institute, part of the Australian Government's AUS$4.5 billion Clean Energy Initiative, is looking at jointly working with Indian research institutes on cutting-edge solar technologies. This comes in the backdrop of both India and Australia announcing a step-up in the focus on solar power, with India having recently announced a 20,000 MW solar target, and Australia planning a substantially higher grid-connected solar power base in the coming years. “We are looking at partnering Indian research institutes such as the IITs and The Energy and Resources Institute, both in the areas of solar photovoltaic and solar-thermal projects. Australia already has a technology leadership position and India is also increasing focus with the announcement of the ambitious target (of 20,000 MW by 2022),” Mr Mark Twidell, CEO and Executive Director of ASI, said.

  • Is your building really green?

    10 December 2009| Mint

    The US Green Building Council, the inventor of LEED, which is the green building rating system, studied 121 newly constructed LEED-rated buildings in the US and discovered that although on average LEED-rated buildings were more energy-efficient than their conventional counterparts, 25% of the sample performed embarrassingly below the national average, undermining the rating system’s credentials. GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), an Indian green building rating system, is promoted by the Union ministry of new and renewable energy in 2008. Devised by TERI, it is one of nearly 25 national green building rating systems formulated by countries as diverse as South Africa and Singapore.

  • Diamond hub sparkles in India's climate fight

    9 December 2009| Mint

    Surat is learning to live with big upheavals and now wants to become a front-runner in preparing for the impact of climate change in a country with fast rising emissions, but generally low environmental awareness. Global positioning system technology is being used to map the city of four million, which will enable rescuers to pinpoint where relief should be sent and whom to evacuate first if the flood waters come rushing. Flood warnings appear on liquid crystal display screens on the streets. Rockefeller Foundation chose Surat as one of a handful of Asian cities in which to fund adaptation studies. Successful projects could then inspire other cities at risk. It joined hands with a local business lobby, consulting firm TARU, in a climate umbrella group that has its own website and Facebook page. The stakes on adaptation are high for India, seen as one of the nations most at risk from a warmer planet. But change may not be easy with its rowdy democracy of over 1.1 billion people and daunting development statistics despite the country’s global economic rise. Around 40% live on less than $1.25 a day and more than half are dependent on agriculture. Ms Suruchi Bhadwal, TERI, said the country must top up existing government schemes to keep pace with escalating climate risks.

  • RIL arm takes first step in solar power arena

    8 December 2009| Mint

    India's most valuable company by market capitalization that gets nearly all its revenue from processing crude and selling its derivatives, RIL (Reliance Industries Ltd), is quietly working on a plan to harness solar energy. The segment is a new growth driver outlined by the management at an investor meet less than a month ago. A division under the oil-to-yarn and retail conglomerate has received global safety and quality certifications for about 20 "photovoltaic modules", or an assembly of solar cells that can convert sunlight into electricity. According to the website India Energy Portal, set up by the New Delhi-based environment think tank, The Energy and Resources Institute, on behalf of the National Knowledge Commission, India receives solar energy equivalent to at least 5,000 trillion kWh every year—far more than the total energy consumption of the country.

  • TERI Inc.

    8 December 2009| Business Standard

    TERI is one of the 60 bidders of a Kuwaiti government contract to clean up its oil spills. Along with a local partner who has a 40 per cent share, the contract will be executed by ONGC-Teri Biotech. The project involves cleaning up an 80x80 km area in Kuwait and is likely to cost around $3 billion. Through the Lighting a Billion Lives project, TERI has brought the cost of a solar lamp including the recharging facility down to Rs 2200 apiece and is running pilots where women give lamps on rent during the night and recharge them during the day.