Climate

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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  • Climate

    Yearender 2020

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    urban-heat

    Theme

    HFCs – Enabling efficient refrigerant transitions

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    Project Report

    ICAT (Initiative for Climate Action Transparency) for Adaptation in India

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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

    Policy Brief

    Discounting the Climate Future: Social Discount Rate for India's Climate Policy

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Projects

Articles

Climate Action: What's Next for India?

Ms Neha Pahuja
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Ms N R Mekhala Sastry

The success of a long-term strategy to build climate resilience depends not only on the lessons learnt from implementing short or medium-term development strategies, but also on international cooperation and coordination.

Climate future for the next 20 years will be driven by what Asia does

TERI Web Desk

As promised by President-Elect Joe Biden, the world awaits January 20, 2021 for the United States of America to join back the Paris Agreement. To understand and analyse recent developments involving the world's major emitters, TERI organized a discussion on ‘Global Politics in an Era of Disruption: Insights from the US, EU and China'.

Strengthening Urban Climate Action: Takeaways from a Webinar Series

Mr Janmejay Sahoo

Climate change impacts, such as increased rainfall intensity, sea-level rise, flooding, and heatwaves, pose significant challenges for urban systems worldwide. They adversely affect cities' basic services, infrastructure, housing, health, and economy.

The need for re-strategising climate policies in the new-normal scenario

Dr Ria Sinha
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Ms Swati Ganeshan

The authors take a brief look at the present status of India's climate commitments, the implications of these recovery packages in the post COVID-19 crises, and the road ahead for clean and green development.

भारत के जलवायु संबंधी लक्ष्य: तकनीकी समाधान और बाधाएं

Mr Shanmuganathan K
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Dr Manish Kumar Shrivastava

द नॉर्वेजियन मिनिस्ट्री ऑफ फॉरेन अफेयर्स (एमएफए) और द एनर्जी एंड रिसोर्सेज इंस्टीट्यूट (TERI) के बीच फ्रेमवर्क एग्रीमेंट (एनएफए) के तहत, जलवायु परिवर्तन के समाधान ढूंढने के लिए, भारत के प्रासंगिक एनर्जी-इंटेसिव सेक्टर के लिए एक व्यापक शोध अध्ययन के बाद डेटाबेस विकसित किया गया है।

Till when will we let our cities drown?

As climate change worsens heavy downpours and water logging in ill-planned urban areas, India needs city-specific policy and scientific interventions such as early warning systems to reduce the losses and damages caused by urban floods.

Events

World Sustainable Development Summit 2021

February 10, 2021
to February 12, 2021

The World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 is being held on the theme 'Redefining our Common Future: Safe and Secure Environment for All'

Webinar on Mobile Air Conditioning – Challenges and opportunities through ICAP implementation

December 22, 2020
to December 22, 2020

TERI, with the support from Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) under the SHEETAL initiative (Alliance for Sustainable Habitat, energy efficiency and Thermal Comfort for All), is organising a webinar with the relevant stakeholders including government, industry, civil society organization and academia.

Women on the Rise: Redefining Our Common Future, in partnership with USAID

December 9, 2020
to December 9, 2020

The virtual dialogue under the broad theme of 'Women on the Rise' is a pre-event of the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021

हिमालयी क्षेत्र में जलवायु परिवर्तन रिपोर्टिंग के लिए मीडिया फ़ेलोशिप (बैच 2: जनवरी-जून 2021)

November 25, 2020
to December 10, 2020

द एनर्जी एंड रिसोर्सेज इंस्टिट्यूट (टेरी) और अर्थ जर्नलिज्म नेटवर्क डिजिटल, प्रिंट और रेडियो पत्रकारों, वॉयस आर्टिस्ट, डॉक्यूमेंट्री फिल्म निर्माता, वीडियो ब्लॉगर, ग्राफिक आर्टिस्ट आदि को छह महीने की मीडिया फ़ेलोशिप प्रदान कर रहे हैं। जनसंचार के अन्य माध्यमों से जुड़े हुए लोग भी इसके लिए आवेदन कर सकते हैं। भारत, नेपाल और भूटान में हिमालयी क्षेत्र के आवे

Global Climate Politics in an Era of Disruption: Insights from the US, EU and China

November 12, 2020
to November 12, 2020
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The COVID-19 crisis presents a global disruption the likes of which have not been seen since perhaps the energy shocks of the 1970s. While governments have focused on the short-term challenges of economic stabilization and stimulus, long-term considerations like structural economic change, inequality and climate change also loom large.

News

Regionally Tweaked Policy: As India Grapples Climate Change, 'Science of Where' is the Next Best Move

December 27, 2020
| Md. Irfan
| Mr Saurabh Bhardwaj
| News18

The availability of improved observational datasets that are shareable, building institutional capacities at subnational and regional level for risk assessment and mitigation and earmarking dedicated finances for developing preparedness solutions and not just for response mechanisms would ensure a healthy ecosystem for risk-informed scientific tools. This would also facilitate in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and realization of NDC ambitions under the Paris Agreement.

Build an indigenous arsenal

December 17, 2020
| Mr Amit Kumar
| The Pioneer

Indigenous research and development (R&D) in India requires greater attention of the Government in the critical areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It calls for coordinated actions in mission mode with concomitant allocation of public resources — an area that leaves a lot to be desired at present.

Build an indigenous arsenal

December 17, 2020
| Mr Amit Kumar
| The Pioneer

Indigenous research and development (R&D) in India requires greater attention of the Government in the critical areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It calls for coordinated actions in mission mode with concomitant allocation of public resources — an area that leaves a lot to be desired at present.

Is 'dynamic' Paris Agreement proving enough to combat climate change?

December 14, 2020 |
December 14, 2020
China Dialogue

Dr Ajay Mathur, Indian negotiator in Paris, Director-General of TERI and member of the Prime Minister's council on climate change, points to the Indian Nationally Determined Contribution - the country's Paris pledge - that at least 40% of electricity generation capacity would be non-fossil fuels by 2030.

What the Paris Agreement means for the climate crisis

December 11, 2020
| Dr Ajay Mathur
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| Ms Ritu Ahuja
| Hindustan Times

The adoption of the Paris Agreement on December 12, 2015, marked the beginning of a journey towards limiting the global temperature increase to below 2°C. The agreement is different from its predecessor, the Kyoto Protocol, in several ways. The design of the accord nudged nationally-determined voluntary action towards the climate crisis, keeping into account the economic development and historical responsibility of each party. The mechanism also enabled a ratcheting up of these commitments every few years and taking stock of implementation of existing commitments.

Indian government forms national panel to drive Paris Agreement goals

December 2, 2020 |
December 2, 2020
Mongabay

The Government of India has formed a national-level committee for a coordinated approach to pursue the country’s climate change goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement. Mr R. R. Rashmi, a former senior climate change negotiator and Distinguished Fellow, TERI, believes that this panel will encourage inter-sectoral exchanges through a formal platform and help the government in deciding its approach to updating or enhancing the NDCs, on which a decision has to be taken before the next CoP.

Policy

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

December 22, 2020

Cooling with its wide range of applications viz residence, commercial, transport and cold chain leaves a significant carbon footprint due to its colossal energy consumption and refrigerant practices.

Discounting the Climate Future: Social Discount Rate for India's Climate Policy

November 27, 2020

Climate change, from an economic perspective, can be understood as a market failure. The associated risks with this changing climate, as well as impacts on socio-economic systems in form of health, livelihood, food and water security, are projected to be higher with increasing global warming.

Understanding Perspectives: A Behavioural Study in the Indian Cooling Sector

November 2, 2020

The impact of climate change is manifesting itself in increasingly erratic weather patterns, and even these increasing in frequency and severity. Heat waves in the summer months across the hemispheres are becoming more the norm than the exception. The 2019 report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimated that around 2.3 billion people could be both exposed and vulnerable to heatwave events due to 1.5°C of global warming.

G20's role in Marine Biodiversity

October 27, 2020

Collectively, Group of Twenty (G20) countries are yet to reach the 10% target set under the 2020 Aichi biodiversity targets - including marine biodiversity - and SDGs. This policy brief explores policy options and best pratices for enhancing Marine Protected Areas (MPA).

Toward a Comprehensive Approach to Youth Empowerment for Climate Action

September 23, 2020
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This brief focuses on empowering the youth to act on climate change and environmental protection by strengthening formal and informal environmental and sustainability education.

Discussion paper on National Inventory Management System (NIMS) in India - Issues, needs and implementation framework

September 22, 2020

The paper discusses that a centralized National Inventory Management System (NIMS) in India is the need of the hour and its operational contours should be decided as expeditiously as possible. This is needed not only to compute India's emissions from various sources and sinks comprehensively and correctly, but also fulfill India’s international obligations to track the progress in respect of mitigation related commitments such as economy-wide goal to reduce emissions intensity and the sectoral goals as envisaged under India’s NDC.

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

Senior Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Director, Earth Science and Climate Change
Fellow and Area Convener, Centre for Climate Modelling
Associate Fellow and Area Convener, Centre for Global Environment Research