TERI in the News

  • Lighting rural development

    28 October 2014| Thomson Reuters

    The 'Lighting a Billion Lives' (LaBL) is an initiative of TERI to bring light to the lives of the masses deprived of the basic facility of proper lighting in their homes. Research shows that even a few hours of 20-40-watt solar-owered lighting in homes can result in better grades for schoolchildren, better productivity for needle work artisan groups and other cottage industries, and even better sales at fruit stands, where the produce is no longer spoiled by the fumes from kerosene lamps. Access to electricity has also brought a substantial increase in the income of impoverished communities. TERI is working with NGOs at the grassroot-level to produce solar power and install solar lamps in rural areas.

  • India offers training on sustainable development programmes to Afghans

    26 October 2014| Business Standard

    TERI has been engaging in sustainable development programmes with Afghanistan. Under the TERI-ITEC programme which is sponsored by Ministry of External Affairs, nine courses are being offered which include applications of biotechnology and its regulation, energy and water use efficiency, climate change and sustainability, decentralized energy solutions-planning and implementation and much more. The decentralized energy solutions course has many participants from Afghanistan.

  • Implement CRZ norms strictly, Pachauri tells Goa

    19 October 2014| The Hindu

    Raising concern over rapid growth of tourism making light of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) regulations in coastal Goa, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General of TERI and Chairman of Inter-government Panel on Climate Change, highlighted the role of whistle-blowers and activists in ensuring not only strict enforcement of these regulations but also generating public awareness among the people. Delivering the first late Matanhy Saldanha Memorial Foundation lecture on "Environment: a gift to mankind to be sustainably used and conserved for future generations", Dr Pachauri said that Goa is very vulnerable to large number of impacts of climate change and consequent rise in sea level, and went on to warn that if CRZ norms were not implemented strictly, the coastal State could be in big trouble. He said that vulnerable States such as Goa need not wait for a calamity to happen - every time a storm splurge and flooding took place, its impact Goa’s coastline would be very high and could cause enormous damage.

  • Unlearning Cyclone Hudhud!

    15 October 2014| Thomson Reuters

    The cyclonic storm should come as a wake-up call for city planners, even as new study by TERI reveals fundamental changes in coastal planning to deal with frequent natural disasters and extreme events. The effects of climate change are clearly visible and severe weather events, such as cyclones, floods, droughts and heat waves can be expected in the future. A recent study by TERI, \"Planning Climate Resilient Coastal Cities: Learnings from Panaji and Visakhapatnam, India\", focuses on the impact of sea-level rise and other climatic conditions in coastal areas, and how vulnerable coasts can gear up to face risks posed by climate change, natural disasters and other extreme events. TERI\'s report has identified the vulnerable hotspots of Panaji and Visakhapatnam, where the changing sea levels have been overlaid, and spatially represented it on the digital elevation model. The study further gives sector-specific recommendations on planning and implementation of climate resilient measures for the two cities.

  • R K Pachauri meets Naidu

    10 October 2014| The Hindu

    In a meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Mr N Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad, Director-General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri briefed the CM on how the State could follow energy conservation and efficient use of fuel abiding by environmental norms. Given the constant changes in weather and rise in sea level, Dr Pachauri told Mr Naidu about how the State can strengthen its disaster management system to ensure better rescue and relief operations.

  • TERI-BCSD summit explores the vision of using business as the driver to achieve sustainable development

    10 October 2014| NRI News

    TERI and the Business Council for Sustainable Development (TERI-BCSD) in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development organized the 12th 'Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development – Business as Driver for Sustainable Development', its annual flagship event. Inaugurating the event, Dr R K Pachauri, President, TERI-BCSD and Director-General, TERI, said that a large share of economic activity will be in the hands of business organisations in the future. Hence, decision-making in the corporate sector would have a major impact on the form of development that a country as a whole pursues. Consequently, if the nation is to move in the direction of sustainable development, business would have to be a major driver for bringing this about. The Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development 2014 focused on how business should exercise its responsibility in this regard.

  • Action plan fails to clean Yamuna

    8 October 2014| The Times of India

    A study by TERI has found that Yamuna needs approximately 3.46 billion litres per day (BLD) of fresh flow of water to be able to sustain aquatic life and support day-to-day activities of people living on its banks. The figure is almost equivalent to the amount of drinking water the city needs every day. However, not even a fraction of that is being added to the Delhi stretch of the river now. TERI researchers say there is no data on addition of water fresh water as most of it is sewage. The study that assessed data from various monitoring agencies for the past 10 years also suggested that the Yamuna Action Plans (YAP) may have failed to improve water quality but it has not deteriorated drastically either after its implementation.

  • Coca-Cola and TERI University focus on building experts for sustainable water resource management and cleaning of Indian rivers

    7 October 2014| India Education Dairy

    Cleaning Indian rivers has been a major issue that our country has been grappling with for many years. Despite cleaning of rivers being a major agenda for the Government, there is a significant decline in water quality-arising from growing population, increasing urbanization and industrial growth, which needs to be tackled with expertise. Against this background and with an aim to address the foremost challenges in water resource management, Coca-Cola and TERI University organized a High Level Dialogue on the theme \"Cleaning of India\'s Rivers-Design of Participatory Approaches\".

  • Stop kerosene subsidy, promote solar lamps: R K Pachauri

    7 October 2014| Business Standard

    Advocating the use of renewable energy in day-to-day life, eminent environmentalist and Director-General of TERI, Dr R K Pachauri, urged the government to cut the subsidy on kerosene and instead subsidise solar lanterns. Dr Pachauri was addressing the 13th Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development organised by TERI and Business Council for Sustainable Development.

  • Bangalore needs smart waste management systems

    17 September 2014| Deccan Herald

    In the run-up to the 15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit scheduled for February, experts from diverse backgrounds deliberated on smart and sustainable solutions for Bangalore to make it a 'smart city'. As a prelude to the global event, a series of regional dialogues are being organised, first of which was held on 16 September 2014. The regional dialogue focused on themes like Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities: Planning, Implementing and Building Capacity, and Clean and Smart Technologies. Experts agreed Bangalore is in dire need of smart waste management systems, access to clean water and energy, and regulatory mechanisms to check the worsening air quality. A highlight of the event was the webcast done with Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, and the participants and experts.