TERI in the News
Waive taxes to promote cycle ownership: TERI27 August 2014| Business Standard
The government should waive taxes on cycles that cost less than Rs 5000 to promote cycle-ownership in the country, a new study by TERI in association with the All India Cycle Manufacturers Association said. Stressing on the importance of cycling as a mode of transport, the report, titled \"Pedalling towards a greener India: A report on promoting cycling in the country\", said the government must come up with a policy mechanism for the cycling industry to make it globally competitive. The report called for initiating a technology-support scheme.
India: Supreme Court rules coal mining licences since 1993 illegal26 August 2014| International Business Times
The Supreme Court has held as illegal coal mining licences awarded to various firms between 1993 and 2009 and will now examine whether some or all 218 licences should be cancelled. Firms that bagged licences after 2004 but failed to develop mines could be fined heavily and could lose their licences, Mr Nitya Nanda, Fellow, TERI, said. The uncertainty that surrounded coal block allocation will end. The government could come up with comprehensive guidelines governing allocation, or could award mining licences through the competitive-bidding route. Putting in place a reallocation process could take a few months, observed Mr Nanda said.
Beware Go Green23 August 2014| The Times of India
Homebuyers interested in eco-friendly housing must ensure that competent authorities - like GRIHA - have certified the project they are buying into as 'green building', as there are any number of projects flaunting green credentials without following 'green norms'. To ensure that a genuinely 'green' residential project is not mistaken for one of the many wannabes, it is important for their developer to obtain accreditation from the green rating systems followed in India. GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) is one such system which verifies whether a building has adhered to all prescribed parameters, and that the required materials and processes have been used at every stage of construction.
Foundation Day Lecture reveals more evidence of climate change with Sun's atmospherics21 August 2014| India Education Diary
In about three billion years, the outer atmosphere of the Sun will begin to swell so much that our own atmosphere will heat up. Eventually the Sun's outer layers will envelop Mercury, Venus and probably our planet as well, said Dr Siraj Hasan, Distinguished Professor and Former Director of the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. He was delivering the Thirteenth Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture, organized by TERI. Delivering the presidential address, Dr Najma Heptulla, Hon'ble Minister of Minority Affairs, said Mr Darbari Seth worked on several key issues such as energy security and modern technologies, which are even more relevant today.
Government forms panel for framing rules for e-rickshaws13 August 2014| Mint
Government has set up a panel to recommend rules of construction and maintenance of the controversial e-rickshaws so that the battery-operated three-wheelers can resume plying in the national capital. The panel has representatives from the Department Of Heavy Industries, ministries of environment and forest and power, Automotive Research Association of India, transport department of Delhi, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, TERI and Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers. The committee will recommend rules for construction, equipment and maintenance of e-rickshaws to meet safety requirements of the occupants of the vehicle, road users and the affordability of prospective buyers.
TERI team to review collectorate for second time12 August 2014| The Times of India
Around 50% of the work of the new collectorate building in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, is complete and the team for Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) will be visiting the site to review the status of green initiatives. This will be the second visit of the team, comprising of architects and engineers of TERI, an organization which had developed GRIHA, India's national rating system for green buildings. According to GRIHA norms, its team of experts visits a construction site for a minimum of three times. It reviews and rates the construction. After the final visit, TERI decides whether the construction had followed all the green norms and accordingly declares ratings in stars. Receiving five stars is considered prestigious.
US-India ties set for new heights at TERI-Yale Summit; new energy partnerships on the anvil11 August 2014| Thomson Reuters
The recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to India could not have come at a more crucial juncture. Their meetings with various dignitaries, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reinforced the need to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, in the wake of India walking out of the WTO. In this context, the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit, scheduled to take place from September 30 to October 1 in Washington DC, and organized by The Energy and Resources Institute North America (TERI NA) and Yale University, would be a significant platform for US-India ties on various fronts. The focus of the Summit will be on bilateral cooperation in the energy sector and related areas. To reinforce this cooperation, top business bodies including the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM), the US-India Business Council (USIBC), and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) have partnered to take this process forward.
Cities should be environmentally responsible: Pachauri6 August 2014| Zee News
With the Government planning to establish 100 Smart Cities throughout the country, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI, underscored the necessity for these upcoming cities to be environmentally responsible. Terming it as a \'unique opportunity\', he stressed that Smart Cities should become the benchmark of environmentally responsible habitat development.
IPCC presents its Fifth Assessment Report, with a focus on implications for South Asia6 August 2014| India Education Diary
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) presented the findings of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) to governments, civil society, the scientific community, media and other stakeholders at an outreach event held today in New Delhi. Titled 'IPCC AR5 - What it means for a stronger, more inclusive India', the event focused on the implications of the AR5 findings for India and for countries in South Asia, with a view to communicate the report's findings effectively to India's public and decision-makers, as well as to increase the accessibility of the report and promote discussion and connections between diverse stakeholders. This event was organized by TERI, in co-operation with the IPCC and the Climate Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and in partnership with the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India, and the TERI-Business Council for Sustainable Development. The event featured several authors from the IPCC's three working groups, who presented their overviews of the report and discussed special topics of interest to the region.
Wetlands are being destroyed: TERI report2 August 2014| The Times of India
A report released recently by TERI and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board states that there is phenomenal increase in pollution levels of the water bodies in Navi Mumbai. The report also points to high levels of pollution in mangroves at Kamothe, marshes near Khandeshwar station, Wadale lake and Owe dam in Kharghar. The report also mentions the changed pH levels of the water bodies in Navi Mumbai. The observations were made as part of the annual wetland trail project, Jaltarang trail, wherein samples of several water bodies were taken and tested. According to the report, construction activity occurring around the wetlands is leading to the accumulation of a lot of industrial waste, including harmful chemicals.