Resource Efficiency & Security

Unsustainable consumption of resources is at the heart of the crisis of environmental degradation. Our work focuses on understanding the future demand for resources and promoting pathways for resource efficiency, waste management and circular economy. Our integrated modelling and analysis has contributed to shaping and influencing India’s policies on energy, environment and climate change. All our efforts continue to inform policy makers about solutions which need to be scaled up to decouple economic growth from environmental impacts.

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    Article

    Paddy Residue Burning: Drivers, Challenges and Potential Solutions

    Can a shift in agriculture systems provide a solution to the annual stubble burning problem?

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    Discussion Paper

    Minerals and India

    Why we need a New Mineral Exploration Policy for National Mineral Security

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    Case Study

    Resource efficiency in automobile sector

    A TERI intervention for wiser material usage in auto component manufacturing

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    Event

    Harnessing natural resources for the India growth story

    A panel discussion ahead of the Global Natural Resources Conclave 2018

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  • Report

    Circular Economy: A Business Imperative for India

    The report offers a self-evaluation tool to help businesses optimize resource use

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Projects

Articles

Turning plastic on its head

Resource Efficient Technologies in SRC has been working on making plastic environment-friendly

The resource efficient technologies (RET) group in SRC focuses mainly on the development of environment-friendly plastics with a special emphasis on biomaterials, using naturally available renewable resources. The group works on the following thrust areas to be able to come up with ways to meet the challenge of consumption and disposal of the seemingly indestructible material.

Events

Global Natural Resources Conclave (GNRC) 2018

May 28, 2018
to May 29, 2018

Circular Economy Symposium (CES) 2018

May 14, 2018
to May 15, 2018

FICCI launched the Circular Economy Symposium (CES) to drive the Circular Economy agenda forward in India in the year 2017 with a vision to promote knowledge and action on Circular Economy by way of annual symposiums and through encouraging dialogues on the subject.

Conversion of Dhaloas to Scientific Transfer Stations

December 8, 2017
to December 8, 2017

This webinar takes the audience through the nuances of converting dhalaos to transfer stations. It also provides a case study of Nagpur -- setting up a compact transfer station.

News

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates World Sustainable Development Summit 2018

February 16, 2018 |
February 16, 2018
DNA

Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018, organized by TERI. The Prime Minister, addressing the gathering at the inaugural speech, laid emphasis on the major current environmental problems that are being faced by the developing nations. Mr Modi added that successful climate action needs access to financial resources and technology. Technology can help countries like India to develop sustainably and enable poor to benefit from it.

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Demand creation must to reduce costs of resource-efficient

January 25, 2018 |
February 12, 2018
India Today

Creation of demand is essential to increase sales volumes and reduce the costs of new resource- efficient technologies, Director-General of TERI, Dr Ajay Mathur, said at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Citing the example of the Indian government's LED bulb programme, Dr Mathur said aggregation of demand and bulk procurement helped in bringing down its prices. Demand creation is essential to enhance sales volumes and reduce the costs of new resource-efficient technologies, Dr Mathur was quoting as saying at a session on The Future of Finite Resources.

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NABARD commences digitisation of SHGs

January 1, 2018 |
January 11, 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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Policy

Sustainability Dynamics of Resource Use and Economic Growth

August 31, 2015

All economies of the world depend upon the use of renewable natural resources1 for their growth. This relationship inherently reflects that continued increase in extraction of resources is a must to sustain economic growth. Inevitably, a tipping point is reached from where the regeneration rates of the resources diminish due to depletion of the resource stock. The resource production peaks and declines which lead to a delayed feedback on the economy, ultimately restricting its ability to grow and sustain its level of output.

Engagement with Sustainability Concerns in Public Procurement in India: Why and How

August 24, 2013

A major part of the Indian GDP is spent on public procurement. Owing to large spending on procurement, Indian public sector can push towards a process of sustainable production and consumption through sustainable public procurement. Once such a process is implemented with specific contexts, it can create social, economic and environmental benefits. With this background, the policy brief explores why there is a need to promote sustainable public procurement within India.

Services

Policy research on the role of resources in national and global sustainable development

We study the economics of natural resource use, and its interface with development, use modelling frameworks and decision support systems for sustainable management of natural resources. We analyse markets (design, regulation, and behaviour of the agents) to suggest policy, structural, institutional, and legislative changes for promoting efficient and competitive markets.

Multidisciplinary research and policy advice

We perform inter-disciplinary policy research using latest science and technology developments for policy makers, regulators, and concerned stakeholders in areas of regulatory reforms in physical infrastructure sectors like energy, transport, water, and others through research, support, capacity building, awareness programmes, and handholding. Our policy advice is aimed at local and global environmental challenges to trade, investment, resource development.

Team

Director, Integrated Assessments & Modelling
Associate Director, Resource Efficiency & Governance
Director, Integrated Policy Analysis