TERI in the News

  • It is a myth that green buildings cost more; sustainable is affordable (Interview with Mr Sanjay Seth, Senior Director, Sustainable Buildings Division, TERI)

    9 January 2018| Mint

    In an interview with the newspaper, Mr Sanjay Seth, Senior Director of Sustainable Buildings Division, TERI, speaks about green buildings, making houses resource efficient, GRIHA's role, and more.

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  • GRIHA Council Signs an MoU with PWD, Government of Maharashtra

    7 January 2018| Lokmat

    GRIHA Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Public Works Department (PWD), Government of Maharashtra (GoM) on January 6, 2018, for promotion and implementation of GRIHA in Maharashtra. The MoU was signed by Shri Ajit Sagane, Secretary (Works), PWD, GoM and Shri Sanjay Seth, Chief Executive Officer, GRIHA Council, in the presence of Hon\'ble Minister, Public Works, Shri Chandrakant Patil, and other senior officials of PWD and GRIHA Council. PWD had issued a notification dated August 29, 2017, mandating all the upcoming government buildings and proposed retrofitting work of the existing buildings in Maharashtra, to comply with the \'Green building concept\' and further to be rated from GRIHA Council. This MoU signing was a forward looking step towards this notification. Under this collaboration, PWD is committed to obtain GRIHA rating for its upcoming projects. Whereas, GRIHA Council as a first step, shall be conducting extensive customized training programmes pan Maharashtra, for building internal capacities within the department on this subject.

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  • A turbulent transition state (Interview with Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI)

    6 January 2018| The Statesman

    In an interview with the newspaper Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General of TERI, speaks on the energy issues plaguing India, given the country\'s commitment to move towards renewable energy and its commitment at the Paris Climate Change Summit in December 2016.

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  • Cyber City junction is more polluted than IFFCO Chowk: TERI study

    5 January 2018| NYOOZ

    Air at Shankar Chowk, the traffic junction of Cyber City, was found to be the city's most polluted, according to a survey conducted by TERI during the last week of November 2017. The Gwalpahari junction was the least polluted among the three sites TERI studied. The survey was conducted at three areas — Cyber City, Gwalpahari and IFFCO Chowk.

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  • NABARD commences digitisation of SHGs

    1 January 2018| Navhind Times

    Self Help Groups in Goa will soon be on the digital map with NABARD launching the EShakti project recently for digitisation of the groups. The pan-India project is being implemented in 100 districts in a phased manner. In Goa both the districts – north and south Goa are a part of the project. The implementation of the project is by the Mineral Foundation of Goa and TERI.

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  • Amid push for rural grid extension, distribution franchising could deliver reliable energy access in India

    20 December 2017| Medium

    The government is banking on state-owned utilities and a centralized grid, but global trends point to a decentralized model in partnership with private sector, community. A rural franchise model for distribution and revenue collection was operational in more than a dozen states and produced a range of positive results in tens of thousands of villages based on analysis done by TERI. The model relied on nearly 5,000 “Self Help Groups” (SHGs), locally trained community teams responsible for meter reading, bill distribution, and signing up new connections. For efficient management of local power distribution, the government should reactivate the distribution franchise system, observes Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods Division, TERI.

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  • GRIHA launches rating system for government houses for urban poor

    18 December 2017| News18

    The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Council has launched ratings for houses constructed under the government\'s affordable housing scheme, indicating their level of sustainability. There would be ratings between one and five stars. This would help consumers know about the sustainability of the houses. The GRIHA Council is an not-for-profit society jointly setup by TERI and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to promote green buildings in India. In his keynote address at the GRIHA Summit, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan Mr Andreas Baum said the Indo-Swiss collaboration is working with the Indian Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the development of guidelines for energy efficient housing.

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  • Three-pronged approach to phase out hydrochlorofluorocarbons

    18 December 2017| The Hindu Business Line

    Energy experts have identified a three-pronged approach as a key in phasing out the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons in buildings after workshops by the ozone department of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The workshops were organised with support from Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) and TERI.

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  • Empowerment and energy in India

    9 December 2017| PV Magazine

    While the benefits of energy access are less pronounced on a day-to-day basis than a well-lit childbirth, energy access plays a critical role in empowering women. There is much evidence of the income-generating potential of productivity-enhancing equipment, though this income boost doesn\'t necessarily translate into the empowerment of women within their community. Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods Division, TERI. emphasized that \"energy is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition to empowerment\".

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  • New Zealand universities partner with TERI to solve Indian sustainability challenges

    8 December 2017| Business World

    Education New Zealand, in association with New Zealand universities and TERI hosted the “New Zealand - India Sustainability Challenge” to address environmental challenges facing the world. The challenge showcased engaging concepts by the six teams, covering themes such as reducing energy consumption using software; creating window blinds using broken photo voltaic cells; an innovative health platform to store vaccination data of children; video game app to promote awareness on sustainability; using biomass an alternative to firewood and finally using garbage to create electricity.

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