TERI in the News
Bangalore needs smart waste management systems17 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.
DDA to design layout plan for green buildings17 September 2014| The Hindu
Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to chart the draft regulations and layout plan for green buildings as proposed in the Master Plan, 2021. Various incentives like property tax rebate, increased floor area ratio are also being considered for such constructions. A meeting was held in this regard where DDA officials, all local bodies and departments concerned of the Delhi Government were present. A presentation was made by TERI, highlighting provisions related to Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), and policies adopted by other state governments and local bodies.
Climate change cause of floods? Not quite15 September 2014| The Telegraph
Neither the prolonged floods in Kashmir this year nor the flashfloods that ravaged Uttarakhand last year can be directly attributed to climate change, Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General of TERI, said. Dr Pachauri said climate change research seeks to capture long-term trends and available observations suggest that extreme events will rise in numbers in the coming years. India will need to accelerate efforts to adapt to such events, he said while speaking at a seminar on climate change organised by the UN Information Centre. Dr Pachauri said states should commission rigorous research studies to identify vulnerable zones, prepare local populations for possible impacts of extreme weather events. TERI has, for instance, already prepared vulnerability reports for Bengal and Maharashtra, he said.
A connect with local rating systems13 September 2014| The Hindu
According to architect Sathya Prakash Varanashi, TERI\'s GRIHA rating considers many local issues, besides critical ideas like embodied energy, minimal ozone depleting materials, adapting efficient construction technology and accepting non-air conditioned buildings. GRIHA has 34 criteria listed under varied sub-headings such as site selection and planning, building envelope design, building system design, selection of ecologically sustainable materials, integration of renewable energy, indoor environmental quality, conservation and efficient utilisation of resources, building maintenance and innovation points. There also are provisions for large developments, prequalification and such others.
Ban to stay on 'prohibited' e-ricks10 September 2014| The Times of India
Dashing the Centre's hope to legalize e-rickshaws in Delhi, the high court ruled that the ban on these vehicles would continue. Citing a report by TERI, which had been roped in by the Delhi government to conduct a study of e-rickshaws, the high court noted how "the e-rickshaws tested did not meet criteria for exemption under the CMV Rules" and "the components and processes used in the manufacturing of e-rickshaws are not standardized". Observing the TERI report, the bench added, "Unregulated growth of e-rickshaws in such huge numbers raises concerns related to the safety and security of the passengers? It is strongly felt that e-rickshaws should be regulated to ensure safety and security of passengers".
Documentation of community conservation areas8 September 2014| Eastern Mirror
Taking serious note of the absence of documentation of community conserved areas in the biodiversity-rich state of Nagaland, the state forest department has stepped up its efforts to address the matter and has recently assigned the responsibility to TERI. The TERI expert team will be assisting the department in preparing inventory and documentation of Community Conserved Areas in the state and set up a baseline data for about 1300 villages who are conserving their forest resources using traditional knowledge and practices. In connection with this, a day-long state level training workshop for forest personnel, conservators, district forest officials and forest rangers was held at the PCCF Office Conference Hall, Kohima.
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.