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

India's Progress in combating Climate Change through Renewable Energy

March 26, 2021
to March 26, 2021

TERI ENVIS Resource Partner on Renewable Energy and Climate Change are organizing a webinar on 'India's Progress in Combating Climate Change through Renewable Energy'.

Virtual Launch of the Study: "Locked Houses, Fallow Lands: Climate Change and Migration in Uttarakhand, India"

March 25, 2021
to March 25, 2021

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), in collaboration with EPICC project, is launching the study "Locked Houses, Fallow Lands: Climate Change and Migration in Uttarakhand, India", on 25th March 2021 at 2:30 PM.

Climate Challenges and Adaptation Planning for Health

March 19, 2021
to March 19, 2021

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in partnership with UCHAI initiative is organising a webinar on "Climate Challenges and Adaptation Planning for Health" on 19th March, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM.

On 19th March 2021, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM IST

Staying Ahead of the Curve: Advancing S&T Innovation and Collaboration to accelerate Blue Economy in India

February 17, 2021
to February 17, 2021

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) would be organising a diginar on the theme of, "Staying Ahead of the Curve: Advancing S &T Innovation and Collaboration to accelerate Blue Economy in India". This virtual workshop is a part of the Quadrilateral Dialogue series being jointly organised by KAS (India Office)-TERI-NMF-FICCI on, "Blue Economy-India's Pathway to a Sustainable, Secure and Resilient Economy" from 2020-2021.

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 'Air Quality and Public Health Challenges'

January 28, 2021
to January 28, 2021

Air pollution in India, apart from being an environmental concern, is also becoming a public health issue. In view of this, the webinar aims to discuss the linkages between air pollution and health.

News

Should India declare a net zero emission target?

March 30, 2021
| Mr R R Rashmi
| Hindustan Times

India's challenge has deepened because, in at least 12 of the G20 economies, the net zero goal has either been adopted or is under discussion, with China being one among the latest entrants to the club. A net zero goal by 2050 is not an unqualified demand of the Paris Agreement, which only asks the signatories to furnish their commitments in a time-frame of five or 10 years. There is, of course, an expectation that each country will develop a long-term low-emission strategy for growth.

Rising temperature detrimental to India's manufacturing output: Study

March 27, 2021 |
March 27, 2021
Gaon Connection

A recent study has stated that the hill districts of Uttarakhand are at a greater risk from rising temperatures which is expected to result in forced migration of the local people. The study, conducted by Germany-based Potsdam Institute for Climate Research (PIK) and India's TERI, focuses on how climate change impacts, such as rising temperatures, increasing glacial melt, and changing rainfall patterns, could affect livelihoods and thereby shape migration patterns in the hill state.

चिंताजनक रिपोर्ट: 1.9 डिग्री तक बढ़ जायेगा उत्तराखंड का तापमान, भारी बारिश लाएगी चमोली जैसी अनेकों आपदाएं

March 26, 2021 |
March 26, 2021
अमर उजाला

जर्मनी की पोस्टडैम इंस्टीट्यूट फॉर क्लाइमेट रिसर्च (PIK) और देश द एनर्जी एंड रिसोर्सेज इंस्टीट्यूट (TERI) के एक संयुक्त शोध में यह बात सामने आई है कि ग्लोबल वार्मिंग के तमाम कारकों के कारण उत्तराखंड के तापमान में 1.6 डिग्री से 1.9 डिग्री तक की बढ़ोतरी हो सकती है।

Climate Action: Getting back on Paris climate track

March 24, 2021
| Dr Sebastian Helgenberger
| Ms Neha Pahuja
| Financial Express

India has tremendous potential for a 'green recovery' from the impacts of Covid-19: The decarbonisation of India's energy sector has a strong role to play in reviving the economy and the health system by boosting employment, fostering rural electrification as foundation of local value creation, and unburdening national health systems by reducing the prevalence of respiratory diseases. The various co-benefits that accompany climate action link the missions and mandates of several ministries.

Uttarakhand Glacier Burst: More Tragedies Can Strike Unless Corrective Actions Taken

March 18, 2021
| Mr Nitish Dogra, Faculty at IIHMR Delhi
| Ms Suruchi Bhadwal
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| Ms Vani Rijhwani
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| Ms Aanchal Pruthi
| News18

The Uttarakhand disaster of February yet again reminds us of the risks mountain states in India face due to their fragility. The breaking of the glacier at high altitudes in remote locations is largely caused by the possibility of an avalanche, landslide or an earthquake or because of climatic factors. It is believed that a combination of factors was at play during this incident, given the breaking of a rock that fell into the glacier that was already weakened and took the form of a glacial flood.

India must take bigger strides on road to carbon neutrality

March 11, 2021
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| The Pioneer

A study by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has found that raising the share of renewables in electricity generation to 40 per cent is the least cost option for India. Domestic manufacturing of solar panels and batteries has been included in the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme, hence being self-reliant at the technology front should be feasible in this decade. We can assume a leadership role and choose to move shoulder to shoulder with the US, Europe and Japan in saving ourselves and mankind.

Policy

Super Efficient AC Deployment: Opportunities through business models in India

February 13, 2021

The policy brief aims to analyse the bulk procurement program for Super-Efficient Air Conditioners which includes key business strategies and technical criteria. The paper further analyses the existing framework of the model and elucidates key takeaways for impact enhancement. It explores various international models available in the cooling sector to recognize their applicability in the Indian context to promote low GWP refrigerant based energy-efficient air conditioners.

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.

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.

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