TERI in the News
Javadekar asks corporates to invest in innovation7 June 2016| Press Trust of India
Union minister Mr Prakash Javadekar has urged corporates and entrepreneurs to invest in innovation and technology to ensure energy efficiency and recycling of water, which he said will reduce carbon emissions. The minister was addressing a gathering at TERI Leadership Summit through a recorded message. In his address, TERI Director-General Dr Ajay Mathur said that there is an urgent need for the pace and scope of the clean energy activities of Indian corporates to accelerate so as to lead alignment with the country's climate change commitments.
Panaji's biodiversity to be mapped as part of Smart City4 June 2016| The Times of India
TERI is attempting to map and benchmark Panaji\'s biodiversity and collate knowledge of local biological resources on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Panaji and the Goa state infrastructure development corporation. TERI will conduct a study of the city\'s biological resources and based on the study, a people\'s biodiversity register and city biodiversity index will be formed.
TERI signs pact with IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited2 June 2016| The Economic Times
TERI and IFFCO Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) have signed a pact to work together in empowering farmers by providing them information about efficient use of natural resources to help them increase their productivity. TERI has the expertise in developing knowledge based sustainable solutions in the field of agriculture and rural electrification to mitigate impact of climate change and promoting efficient use of natural resources. IKSL has extensive experience in broadcasting informal messages to rural communities, this is the first time that the organization will venture into enlightening rural households as part of its mandate.
TERI and Mahindra Lifespaces to establish Center of Excellence for Sustainable Habitats20 May 2016| The Financial Express
TERI and Mahindra Lifespaces have announced the creation of a Center of Excellence (CoE) focused on improving energy efficiency in India residential buildings sector. The Mahindra TERI CoE for Sustainable Habitats will evaluate both traditional and innovative technologies and alternative materials customised for the Indian buildings sector and climate zones. The Center will bring the much needed informed validated knowledge about better performing materials and ways to use the ample daylight available, which will greatly help to mainstream greener buildings in the country.
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