Climate Change

In the post-Paris agreement era, accelerating climate action is the biggest hope to ensure a safe future for all. In India, our work focuses on climate modelling to develop a better understanding of climate variability at regional scales. We study the risks and vulnerabilities of key sectors such as water, health, agriculture and industry. Our work in climate science is inextricably linked to policy research and recommendations for the Indian government to shape its domestic policies, as well as contribute to its position in global negotiations. Through a number of initiatives, we are beginning to extend our knowledge and research in climate science and policy to other emerging economies.

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  • Financing

    Report

    Financing Low Carbon Transition in India's MSME Sector

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    urban-heat

    Theme

    HFCs – Enabling efficient refrigerant transitions

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    Explainer

    A primer on climate change, its impacts, actions and assessments

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  • climate

    Policy Brief

    Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC): A technology landscape, challenges and opportunities for sustainable cooling

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  • Adaptation future

    Report

    Locked houses, Fallow lands: Climate Change and Migration in Uttarakhand, India

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Projects

Articles

Dr Vibha Dhawan meets heads of governments of Japan and Guyana

Director General brings focus on TERI’s multiple initiatives during visits to Japan, Guyana and the United States

TERI director general Dr Vibha Dhawan met heads of government of Japan and Guyana, and the Indian Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) in the month of October.

Brahmapuram Landfill Fire: Points towards the Need for Decentralized Waste Management

In this article, Sharada Balasubramanian highlights that a series of flames have been breaking out, year after year, at the Brahmapuram landfill in Kerala. Yet, it was not taken seriously. This year, the massive uncontrollable fire breakout urged the Kochi Corporation to take serious steps to resolve this issue as it impacted the health of people and the environment. Brahmapuram is the only landfill that is a bone of contention in Kerala, where solid waste management, otherwise is decentralized and systematic.

Mainstreaming Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation Infrastructure For Long Lasting Impacts

Ms Manisha Jain

In this article, Manisha Jain and Dr Kriti Akansha highlight that it is necessary to support long-term thinking, transformation, flexibility and innovation while taking the associated climate risks into consideration to attain climate resilience. There is a need for a robust framework that ensures climate policies are integrated into all sectors and that planning, implementation, and evaluation are strictly followed.

Climate Actions for Businesses

How Big Should These Be?

When we talk and act on climate action and the energy transition in emerging economies, the discussion can range from topics such as climate mitigation, adaptation, energy transition, financing, and business model innovation to next-generation technologies.

COP27: Climate Chaos and Warfare for People and the Planet

COP27 took place in November 2022 in the Egyptian coastal city of Sharm el-Sheikh. The Conference concluded with a historic decision to establish and operationalize a loss and damage fund. Dr Anil Pratap Singh takes us through the highlights of this important climate conference and concludes that at COP27, unrelenting deliberations took place on setting the needs and priorities of the Parties; thereby resolute implementation plans for the future were developed during the deliberations.

Events

Meeting of Chief Sustainability Officers

June 13, 2024
to June 13, 2024

The Responsible Renewable Energy Summit 2024

March 14, 2024
to March 14, 2024

The Responsible Energy Initiative is a multi-year programme dedicated to advancing sustainable Renewable Energy (RE) adoption in India. It strives to unlock the full potential of renewable energy in India, emphasising people-and planet-centric development. REI India is the first inquiry launched as part of the Responsible Energy Initiative.

Conference on Disaster Resilience - 2024

February 15, 2024
to February 15, 2024

Meeting of Chief Sustainability Officers

February 8, 2024
to February 8, 2024

News

Unheeded priorities of climate action

July 14, 2024
| Mr Nitin Desai
| The New Indian Express

An area which needs vigorous attention is the decarbonisation in industry, particularly steel and cement, writes Mr Nitin Desai, Chairman, TERI.

TERI, GCCI to target zero emissions by ’70

July 4, 2024 |
July 4, 2024
The Times of India

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) have signed a MoU to build a sustainable roadmap for Goa to achieve net zero emissions by 2070. GCCI president Mr Shrinivas Dempo, on the 50-year celebrations of TERI, stated GCCI has been inclusively working on the sustainable development of Goa with the roadmap of 2047. Chief Minister of Goa Mr Pramod Sawant said that TERI has equipped policymakers, businesses, and communities with tools to make informed decisions today.

Assess carrying capacity of state, Goa turning into Delhi's extension

July 3, 2024 |
July 3, 2024
The Times of India

Former Union minister Mr Suresh Prabhu on 2 July 2024 said Goa govt should assess the carrying capacity of the state, as people from across the country particularly North India want to settle in Goa. Mr Prabhu made the statements while speaking at the golden jubilee function of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in Panaji.

India Climate Summit 2024: Environmentalists Discuss Delhi's Heatwave, Flooding, and More

June 28, 2024 |
June 28, 2024
Times Now

The special address at the Summit was delivered by Mr Bhupender Yadav, Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change. The Insightful sessions were delivered by distinguished speakers including, Erik Solheim, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP; Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI; Mr Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator (UNEP) and APAN Secretariat amongst others.

TERI-UNOPS Initiative Empowered 27000 School Children in Uttar Pradesh on Climate Change, Health, and Hygiene Practices

June 21, 2024 |
June 21, 2024
Asian News International (ANI)

A TERI-UNOPS (The Energy and Resources Institute) United Nations Office for Project Services collaborative initiative on "Capacity Building Programme Targeting School Children on Climate Change, Health, and Hygiene across 11 Districts of Uttar Pradesh, India", concluded with a National Conference held in New Delhi on 20 June 2024.

No cheer even after sunset: Why met factors have failed to ease heat's grip  

June 20, 2024 |
June 20, 2024
The Times of India

As the heat stress increases during the night hours, experts pointed out that the health impact of high night temperatures was worse than high daytime mercury levels. According to Mr Prasoon Singh of the Centre for Climate Change Research at TERI, while the normal night time temperature for June should be 27-29 degrees Celsius, this year, it had reached 36-37 degree Celsius in some parts of Delhi.

Policy

Accelerating the Growth of Green Bonds in India

February 8, 2024

India's enormous financial requirements to address climate change and ensure just transitioning for its economy cannot be met by the lone public sector and would require catalyzing private finance and institutional investment into climate initiatives. Green bonds offer an emerging financial instrument that holds the potential to attract private investors into climate action. However, unlike the exponential growth of green bonds in the global market, they still occupy only a scanty share of the Indian bonds market.

Advancing Environmental and Climate Goals Through a Multidimensional Model of Green Budgeting

December 4, 2023

While environmental regulation is the principal responsibility of environmental ministries, their locus standi in terms of implementation is limited as much of the implementation lies with other line ministries/departments and public agencies. Hence, it is essential that ‘environment’ is mainstreamed across ministries, departments, and sectors.

Internationalizing Lifestyles For Sustainable Development

December 2, 2023

Mainstream frameworks on sustainable consumption and production fail to holistically capture downstream segments of resource consumption and production systems, especially regarding lifestyle choices, including its links to upstream and midstream components.

Just Energy Transition Partnerships, Climate Action, and Minilateralism

November 24, 2023

Transitioning towards clean energy and renewable sources is a significant measure to restrict Greenhouse Gas emissions and meet the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement. Upcoming minilateral mechanisms, especially partnerships such as JETPs, despite setting ambitious targets have little to offer on recognizing the specific needs of the Global South to support sustainable energy transitions.

Road to Dubai and the Global Goal on Adaptation

November 24, 2023

IPCC's definition of adaptation emphasizes on human and natural systems rather than countries. A paradigm shift is needed in the climate regime regarding adaptation including not viewing vulnerability as only a country – centric approach. Instead, identifying vulnerability hotspots supplemented by formulating people-centric and nature-centric approaches in climate negotiations is need of the hour.

Services

Climate change risk assessment

We generate climate projections at global and regional scales and impacts, vulnerability and adaptation assessments in key sectors using established models and our in-house super-computing facility. We also conducts GHG inventorization and mitigation analysis. We provide national and international policy analysis and review, and contribute to key issues in negotiations encompassing adaptation, mitigation, technology, and finance.

Team

Distinguished Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Distinguished Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Distinguished Fellow and Programme Director, Resource Efficiency & Governance
Director, Earth Science and Climate Change
Associate Director, Earth Science and Climate Change
Area Convenor, Center for Climate Change Research
Associate Fellow and Area Convenor, Centre for Climate Modelling