TERI in the News
Odd-even 1 more effective than phase 2, says TERI analysis11 May 2016| The Hindustan Times
Odd-even phase one implemented in January was more effective than phase two in April in curbing the Capital\'s pollution, said an analysis by TERI. The think tank has released an impact assessment study on the two phases of the scheme that limited the number of private cars on the roads for a 15-day period. It observed that the scheme only led to \"marginal\" reductions (4-7%) of PM 2.5 pollutants during both phases as private cars make a limited contribution to the fine particles. TERI experts used a box model to delineate odd-even\'s effect on PM2.5 concentrations from daily changes due to meteorological factors such as wind speeds.
Off-grids can power South Asian electrification11 May 2016| Scidev.net
South Asian governments would do well to integrate off-grid with grid options in their quest to achieve universal electrification, says a new study. The governments prefer to extend the grid even to those regions in which renewable energy sources are available in plenty, says Mr Debajit Palit, Associate Director, Social Transformation division, TERI, and co-author of the study due to be published July in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. In the study, Mr Palit and Dr Kaushik Ranjan, Associate Professor, TERI University, have compared both grid and off-grid modes by carrying out an exhaustive survey of the literature on both methods. The study infers that both modes need to be integrated to achieve universal access to electricity.
TERI to host Green Olympiad for CBSE students3 May 2016| The Times of India
TERI is set to host Green Olympiad in all Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools, according to the circular issued by CBSE. The Olympiad will be open for students from Class IV to Class X and will judge them on environment. The Olympiad will be open for CBSE school students from classes IV to X. The classes will be divided into three levels wherein Class IV and V, Class VII and VIII, and Class IX and X will be treated as different levels. Questions woven around environmental issues, with direct linkage to the school curriculum, which assesses environment-related sensitivity of the students will be a part of the Olympiad.
TERI, NHAI focus on developing policies for intense plantation on highways28 April 2016| Governance Now
Better policies are needed for India to create carbon sink of up to 3 billion tonne of CO2 by 2030. India's commitment to the UN for creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonne of CO2 by 2030 through increased tree cover and forest growth is a tall goal, said Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI. Dr Mathur was addressing the workshop on 'Transplantations along national highways as a measure for Carbon Sequestration'. The workshop was organized by TERI along with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), to deliberate upon the best technology and management of transplantation projects with the vision to create eco-friendly and aesthetically appealing highways.
Air pollutant levels above set standard: TERI18 April 2016| The Pioneer
According to TERI, air pollutant concentrations "violated standards" at most places in Delhi on the second day of the odd-even scheme whose second phase has been rolled out in the national Capital. PM 10 (particles with diameter less than 10 micrometer) and PM 2.5 (particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometer) concentrations violated the standards at most places in Delhi. The 24-hourly pollutant concentrations in Delhi are 1-2.8 times above the standard of PM 2.5 and about 1-1.3 times above the standard of NO2, TERI said in its air quality assessment report for April 16. The green body said that NCR towns like Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon show PM 2.5 levels as 90, 102, 52 g/m3, respectively against the standard of 60 g/m3. NO2 levels were found to be violating in Delhi but in control in the other NCR towns.
Government to tighten noose around import of poor solar products11 April 2016| Business Standard
Toughening its stand on dumping of poor quality solar equipment, the government has decided to regulate imports of such products under the Bureau of India Standards (BIS) Act. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working on a legal framework to ensure good quality of imported clean energy products in the country, said Mr Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said at \'Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL)\' Convention 2016 -- organised by TERI with DFID and Smart Villages
Composting Facility inaugurated at Vidya Vikas Acdemy, Margao as part of the Project STARS initiative7 April 2016| Goa Newswire
Project STARS, a TERI-Dempo partnership is working towards encouraging schools to practice the principles of sustainability by focusing on its environmental and socio-cultural performance. As part of this initiative, Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao was supported to build a composting facility. Project STARS, (Sustainability Tracking, Action and Reporting in Schools) consolidates the TERI-DEMPO partnership by carrying forward and building upon the work carried under the previous TERI-Dempo initiative, "The Vasudeva V Dempo Climate Change Awareness Programme for Goan School Children 2010-2012". This unique partnership between TERI's Goa Centre and V S Dempo Holdings Pvt. Ltd (DEMPO) is in the nature of a three year intensive education and action programme (2013-2016) on sustainable schools in Goa.
Number of women entrepreneurs in rural solar projects rising3 April 2016| Business Standard
More and more women are taking up an active entrepreneurial role in solar power projects at the grass roots in India, says Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI. As example, Dr Mathur cited the institute's 'Lighting a Billion Lives' campaign where men initially took up entrepreneurship. Advocating introduction and promotion of new technologies to meet India's climate change mitigation goals, Dr Mathur highlighted the importance and challenges of other trends in alternative energy scenario in India, such as nanotechnology-based devices etc.
Need new technologies for climate change goals: TERI1 April 2016| Business Standard
India needs to ensure the introduction and promotion of new technologies at an affordable cost to keep its commitment to the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate change, TERI's Director-General Dr Ajay Mathur said in his address on 'CoP 21: Impact on India' organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Listing the priorities, Dr Mathur stressed on the creation of markets for balancing electricity.
Coal key in India now but could peak by 204018 March 2016| World Coal
India's use of coal could peak by 2040 if cleaner alternatives progress as expected, a new book has claimed, but coal remain the most critical fuel in the short term to provide energy and power economic growth. The book "Energizing India: Towards a Resilient and Equitable Energy System" is authored by Suman Bery, Arunabha Ghosh, Ritu Mathur, Subrata Basu, Karthik Ganesan and Rhodri Owen-Jones and is the result of a three-year collaboration between the Council on Energy, Environment and Water, TERI and Shell. Among its key findings, the book forecasts that fossil-fuel-based energy could increase by two to four times its current level over the short to medium term despite what the book calls a "massive renewable energy evolution in India" as convention fuels â€“ including coal â€“ are required to support new renewable generation