TERI in the News

  • TERI, NHAI focus on developing policies for intense plantation on highways

    28 April 2016| Governance Now

    Better policies are needed for India to create carbon sink of up to 3 billion tonne of CO2 by 2030. India's commitment to the UN for creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonne of CO2 by 2030 through increased tree cover and forest growth is a tall goal, said Dr Ajay Mathur, Director-General, TERI. Dr Mathur was addressing the workshop on 'Transplantations along national highways as a measure for Carbon Sequestration'. The workshop was organized by TERI along with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), to deliberate upon the best technology and management of transplantation projects with the vision to create eco-friendly and aesthetically appealing highways.

  • Air pollutant levels above set standard: TERI

    18 April 2016| The Pioneer

    According to TERI, air pollutant concentrations "violated standards" at most places in Delhi on the second day of the odd-even scheme whose second phase has been rolled out in the national Capital. PM 10 (particles with diameter less than 10 micrometer) and PM 2.5 (particles with diameter less than 2.5 micrometer) concentrations violated the standards at most places in Delhi. The 24-hourly pollutant concentrations in Delhi are 1-2.8 times above the standard of PM 2.5 and about 1-1.3 times above the standard of NO2, TERI said in its air quality assessment report for April 16. The green body said that NCR towns like Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon show PM 2.5 levels as 90, 102, 52 g/m3, respectively against the standard of 60 g/m3. NO2 levels were found to be violating in Delhi but in control in the other NCR towns.

  • Government to tighten noose around import of poor solar products

    11 April 2016| Business Standard

    Toughening its stand on dumping of poor quality solar equipment, the government has decided to regulate imports of such products under the Bureau of India Standards (BIS) Act. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is working on a legal framework to ensure good quality of imported clean energy products in the country, said Mr Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said at \'Lighting a Billion Lives (LaBL)\' Convention 2016 -- organised by TERI with DFID and Smart Villages

  • Composting Facility inaugurated at Vidya Vikas Acdemy, Margao as part of the Project STARS initiative

    7 April 2016| Goa Newswire

    Project STARS, a TERI-Dempo partnership is working towards encouraging schools to practice the principles of sustainability by focusing on its environmental and socio-cultural performance. As part of this initiative, Vidya Vikas Academy, Margao was supported to build a composting facility. Project STARS, (Sustainability Tracking, Action and Reporting in Schools) consolidates the TERI-DEMPO partnership by carrying forward and building upon the work carried under the previous TERI-Dempo initiative, "The Vasudeva V Dempo Climate Change Awareness Programme for Goan School Children 2010-2012". This unique partnership between TERI's Goa Centre and V S Dempo Holdings Pvt. Ltd (DEMPO) is in the nature of a three year intensive education and action programme (2013-2016) on sustainable schools in Goa.

  • 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.