TERI in the News

  • Number of women entrepreneurs in rural solar projects rising

    3 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: TERI

    1 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 2040

    18 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 – including coal – are required to support new renewable generation

  • Having no energy costlier than cost of any energy

    18 March 2016| Business Standard

    As India builds its infrastructure to cater to increased energy demand, energy experts warn against excessive lock-ins that the country might regret later. According to Energizing India, a report brought out by Shell along with TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) and Council on Energy, Environment and Water, India is likely to rely on coal for 55 per cent or more of its primary energy needs through the next three decades.

  • Mitigation alone can't curb greenhouse gases

    15 March 2016| The Asian Age

    The Centre said that mitigation alone cannot ensure the curbing of greenhouse gas emissions and that a "balanced" approach is required to achieve the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Mr Susheel Kumar, Special Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change said that along with mitigation measures, focus should also be given to adaptation measures so that the latter do not "drop out of the global radar" while reiterating at the same time that they plan to create a composite "National Adaptation and Vulnerability Index" to track current vulnerabilities and the progress made in reducing these. Mr Kumar was speaking at a round-table meet on the implementation and tackling of mitigation actions, plans and policies organised by TERI. Raising concerns of low-cost finance and access to technology, the Secretary to Ministry of New And Renewable Energy Mr Upendra Tripathy said while India is committed to its INDC goals, addressing questions of low-cost finance and technological access are crucial. The meet which was organised to deliberate on the way forward from the Paris agreement, also saw Director-General, TERI Dr Ajay Mathur stressing on the need for 'collective steps' through which the needs and aspirations of people not just in India but across the world could be met. TERI's Chairman Mr Ashok Chawla said that the action plan has to be "detailed, credible and transparent," both domestically and globally.

  • Varsity, Corporate office, Airport awarded green certificates

    19 February 2016| Business Standard

    A private university in Jaipur, Chandigarh Airport and a corporate campus in Hyderabad are among the projects which have been awarded green certification by TERI for practicing policies for sustainable development and improving quality of human life. Seven projects were felicitated, including three 5-star ratings, two 4-star ratings and two 3-star ratings, by Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), a tool developed by TERI to ensure energy efficient building construction. Projects which were given 5-star ratings were Manipal University in Jaipur, Infosys Pocharam, SDB 4 & 5, Hyderabad and Institute of Public Enterprise, Shamirpet, Hyderabad.

  • Fickle weather turns fields barren

    18 February 2016| The Times of India

    Erratic climatic conditions have posed challenges to the economic viability of farming in Himachal Pradesh forcing a large section of farmers to leave the profession. As a consequence, a significant portion of farm land has been abandoned leading to land degradation. A recent study conducted by TERI and Global Green Growth Institute has found that abnormal pattern of rainfall and non-availability of water sources due to hilly terrain results in frequent crop failures and low productivity. The percentage net cultivated area to total geographical area has decreased consistently over the years from 19.07% in 1972-73 to 11.81% in 2009-10, said the report..

  • The film on the relentless conservation efforts by Nagaland villagers that just got awarded

    16 February 2016| The Better India

    A film, based on the conservation efforts of villagers in Nagaland, won the Golden Beaver Best Film Award in the institutional category at the 6th National Science Film Festival in Mumbai. The film, Nagaland is Changing..but!, was also awarded with the technical excellence award for best sound design. The film is based on how the villagers of Sendenyu and Sukhai in Nagaland have been conserving a part of the forest around their villages for many years now. The film has been produced by Nagaland State Forest Department, directed by Gurmeet Sapal, and made with the technical support of TERI.

  • TERI to help Andhra Pradesh government in setting up Energy University at Anantapur

    15 February 2016| The New Indian Express

    TERI has agreed to extend R&D support for establishment of Energy University at Anantapur. The proposed university will pave the way for conducting latest studies on technological advancements in the energy sector. Besides giving technological support for setting up Energy University, TERI is also considering imparting advanced technologies on energy efficiency front to the energy efficient States, particularly Andhra Pradesh for exchange of know-how. The organisation has also come forward to share best practices with the state government to realise the untapped potential of energy efficiency from its foreign units such as TERI-Washington DC (USA), TERI-London, Japan, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates. This was disclosed by Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General of the TERI in a communication to Energy Secretary, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Ajay Jain.

  • Programme begins to train future solar energy technicians

    13 February 2016| The Hindu

    In order to create more professionals in the field of solar energy, the Delhi government is conducting a three-month course to train those interested for free. As part of the course, participants will be trained in installation, commissioning, and sales and service of renewable energy devices like solar water heaters, solar lights, etc. The solar skill development programme, named \"Suryamitra\", has been launched by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre of the State\'s Power Department and is funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. For Delhi, the Ministry has selected TERI to conduct the programme.