TERI in the News

  • Air quality in Delhi on Dec 31 crossed limits: TERI

    1 January 2016| Indian Express

    An analysis carried out by TERI said that air pollution levels violated the prescribed limits on the last day of the year and air quality was very \"poor\" exposing people to high risks of respiratory and cardiovascular problems. The trend analysis at four locations of the city found concentrations \"higher\" with respect to the 24-hourly average standards for PM10, PM2.5 and NOx respectively. TERI is carrying out an analysis on three main air pollutants PM10, PM2.5 and NO2 at four locations in Delhi based on the data from government\'s monitoring network. The objective is to analyse the effect of odd-even cars scheme on air pollutant concentrations in different parts of the city. This exercise will be done till January 20, 2016 to assess pre- and post-air quality scenarios.

  • TERI comes up with game-changing roadmap to curb pollution

    23 December 2015| India Today

    TERI has sought introduction of cleaner \'Bharat Stage V\' quality fuel by 2018 and \'Bharat Stage VI\' quality fuel by 2020. In a policy brief titled \'Advancement of Fuel Quality and Vehicle Emission Norms in India,\' it has shown how the government can accomplish this. TERI says that it can be a \'game changer\' in reducing air pollution levels in India. Currently, around 50 cities use BS IV quality diesel and petrol. The rest of the country is still driving on inferior quality and environment-degrading BS I-III fuel. All trucks, scooters and bikes run on BS I-III fuel, releasing heavy duty nitrogen oxides (NOx) into the air.

  • No takers for induction stoves in India

    19 December 2015| SciDev.Net

    Electric induction stoves have limited potential to replace firewood as primary cooking fuel in India but hold promise in replacing liquefied petroleum gas as the secondary fuel, says a study by TERI. In the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, where hydro-electric power is abundant, about 90 per cent of the population lives in electrified rural villages. Despite this, 63 per cent of rural households use firewood for cooking, and almost none use electricity, says the study to be published January in Energy Policy. Of the several programmes to introduce cleaner cooking programmes, one coordinated by TERI in electricity–surplus Himachal Pradesh relies on the popularisation of electric inductions stoves.

  • Climate pact draft hints at more talks for consensus

    10 December 2015| Mint

    The draft of an agreement released just two days before the end of the Paris climate talks showed climate finance, technology transfer, loss and damage, and historic responsibility of industrialized countries for global carbon emissions continued to divide the rich nations from the rest. This effectively means the burden of reaching a deal falls on heads of states who had gathered in Paris at the start of summit on 30 November. Countries must reach a consensus for a new climate agreement in the post-2020 period. According to Dr Manish Kumar Shrivastava, Fellow, TERI, for all practical purposes, the whole draft stands bracketed, suggesting that the outcome of Paris COP will be a political decision. Dr Shrivastava said that while important options are still on the table, application of the principle of differentiation is very weak in different components of proposed agreement, in particular on the issue of transparency.

  • After Smart City, Panaji to vie for Resilient City status

    4 December 2015| The Economic Times

    Even as Panaji waits to see if it makes it to the first round for the smart cities mission, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has set its eyes on the 100 Resilient Cities mission, which is promoted by the Rockefeller Foundation in the US. The 100 Resilient Cities mission aims to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a part of the 21st century and the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to fund 100 cities across the world. To compete for the challenge, CCP has tied up with TERI to study and prepare the proposal for Panaji. The submitted proposal states that rainfall flooding, coastal flooding, landslides and heat waves posed the four biggest threats to the city while rising sea levels and coastal erosion, depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation and pollution, and an unreliable transportation acted as stressors for the city.

  • Himachal's apple crop, power projects face threat: Study

    3 December 2015| The Tribune

    Increase in temperatures, erratic rain, decreased snowfall and overall warming on account of climate change could have serious repercussions for the ecologically fragile Himalayan region with apple production, power generation, agriculture, tourism to be hit adversely over the next few decades. These are the findings of a study on green growth and sustainable development in Himachal Pradesh undertaken by TERI. The study clearly indicates that climate change will have an impact on natural resources of the hill state. Extreme rain events are also likely to increase in future. The study was undertaken by TERI in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute and nodal support from the State Department of Environment, Science and Technology, Directorate of Energy, Directorate of Economics and Statistics, engaged in a unique partnership for the study. Sector wise review of air quality, water, forestry, biodiversity, waste management, renewable energy, transport, industry, agriculture, buildings, and climate change was undertaken.

  • Why Should I Recycle? (Book review)

    1 December 2015| Goodbooks

    Why Should I Recycle? is a great question and also the title of TERI\'s latest hardcover book. When our dustbins are filled to the brim and our cities are becoming collective trash dumps, this is a question that we should all be able to answer. The book starts by explaining what constitutes waste and how you can deal with it. There are simple charts and infographics to show data such as how much time wood takes to decompose when compared to glass and what are the kinds of things we throw away. E-waste, greenhouse gas emissions and landfills are explained in an easy-to-understand manner, as well as the concept of who scrap dealers are and what they do.

  • Waste-to-Energy plant can solve BBMP woes: Study

    27 November 2015| The New Indian Express

    The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) should set up its own waste-to-energy (WtE) plant with the fuel supplied by its compost units operating across the city, a recent study on municipal solid waste management has recommended. By setting up a 600-tonne per day (TPD) waste-to-energy plant with a power generation potential of 12 MW an hour, the BBMP can take care of its own electricity requirements and even end up with some excess power, says the study whose findings were made public recently. The study was commissioned by the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission to assess the feasibility of power generation from municipal solid waste. It was carried out by TERI between August and October. The residue from the compost units can serve as the input fuel for the WtE plant, said Dr G R Narsimha Rao, Associate Director, Industrial Energy, TERI, who headed the study team. According to the study, Bengaluru generates around 4000 tonnes of solid waste every day. This works out to 0.4 kg per person. This is 10 times the trash generated in Mysuru and Hubbali-Dharwad districts, the study says.

  • Climate summit: It''s critical for India to balance aspirations with climate concerns in Paris

    24 November 2015| Firstpost

    Keeping with India's decision to urge rich nations to deliver 'climate justice' for developing countries, TERI will launch a document-'Delhi to Paris: Corporate vision on climate change' at Indian Pavilion of Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Climate Summit in Paris in December. The document outlines the Indian corporate vision on various aspects of tackling climate change and aligning the vision with government schemes in this direction. TERI Council for Business Sustainability through the initiative has brought together nearly 200 corporates to create their vision for tackling climate change.

  • TERI and Global Green Growth Institute to work together for green growth in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh

    24 November 2015| Business Standard

    TERI and the Global Green Growth Institute organised a high-level panel discussion on green growth and development in India last evening. Discussions were held around insights and recommendations at the national level, and in the states of Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, to move in the direction of inclusive green growth and sustainable development, the institute said in a statement. The national-level modelling assessment projects that one of the development benefits as a result of green growth interventions can be reduced poverty as well as additional employment creation of 11.7 million, of which 7.9 million could be skilled jobs. The national study also highlighted the need for capacity building for implementation and data collection for decision-making related to environmental sustainability. Mr Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, who addressed the discussion through a video message, emphasised on the need to look at the \"polluter pays\" principle as one of the ways of tackling climate change, adding that India is ready and forthcoming to be part of the solution for addressing the issue of climate change.