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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  • 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

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.

India-EU Track-II Dialogue First high-level meeting of the Finance Working Group

The first high-level meeting of the India-EU Track II dialogue on Finance Working Group jointly curated by TERI, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) along with the European Climate Foundation (ECF) took place successfully on December 16th, 2021. The meeting was attended by over 10 experts representing leading think tanks, industry and academia from India and the EU, who have been instrumental in driving climate action in both regions.

Managing Heat Stress during the COVID-19 Lockdown in 2020

Ms Neha Bharti
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Ms Suruchi Bhadwal
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Ms Dhriti Pathak
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Mr Santosh Kumar Muriki

Due to the increase in anthropogenic activities, global temperatures have shown a warming trend of approximately 1°C (likely between 0.8°C and 1.2°C) above pre-industrial levels. Annual surface air temperatures over India also have shown increasing trends of similar magnitude during the period 1901–2014. The Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released in 2021 has predicted heat waves and heat stress to be more intense and frequent during the 21st century in South Asian region including India.

Reflections from COP26 - Relevance for India Inc.

Ms Taruna Idnani

The twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UNFCCC, that is, The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference has sent a clear message to global corporates and executives—to direct their investments in innovative projects and new technologies, reassess their business models and carbon footprint in order to make a rapid and necessary transition to sustainability and guarantee a cleaner, safer, and healthier planet.

Events

World Sustainable Development Summit 2023

February 22, 2023
to February 24, 2023

The 22nd edition of the annual flagship event of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)—the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS)—will be held from 22-24 February 2023 in New Delhi. The Summit deliberations will focus on the umbrella theme: Mainstreaming Sustainable Development and Climate Resilience for Collective Action.

COP-27 Outcomes: From the perspective of Policy, Research & Business

December 13, 2022
to December 13, 2022

On 13th November 2022 | 1100 hrs - 1300 hrs

Workshop on Green Budgeting for The U.T. Of Puducherry

December 9, 2022
to December 9, 2022

December 9, 2023

How Can Asia Achieve a Net Zero Future? Building Coalitions for Transformative Change

November 16, 2022
to November 16, 2022

On 16th November 2022 | 16:45—18:15 hours EET [20:15–21:45 hours IST]

Climate Action through Innovation, Implementation and Inclusive Multi-level Governance

November 16, 2022
to November 16, 2022

On 16th November 2022 | 11:30 to 13:00 EEST (15:00 to 16:30 IST)

News

India must be alert to changing climate politics

January 4, 2023
| Mr Manjeev Singh Puri
| Hindustan Times

The next COP will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and politics is bound to be at the centre stage. There are several reasons for this. The initial concern is operationalizing the loss and damage fund, including mandatory/assessed contributors and its obvious political overtones and implications. A bye for oil and gas is also possible, given that COP28 is being hosted in a significant oil-producing country which will put more pressure on coal.

Tackling climate action roadblocks in 2023

December 31, 2022
| Mr R R Rashmi
| The New Indian Express

The government has reiterated in the Long-Term Low Emission Development Strategy that it is keen to encourage green hydrogen and biofuel investments. However, this entails a clear assessment of the demand from various sectors and investments within a timeframe. Managing the transition in all sectors affected by climate change is a complex process. Taking the proper steps will make it easier.

Climate expert Dipak Dasgupta guest at Explained Live today

December 21, 2022 |
December 21, 2022
The Indian Express

To be meaningful, the loss and damage fund would need large amounts of money flowing in. The financial needs of developing countries to fund reconstruction activities after being hit by climate disasters runs into tens of billions of dollars every year, says, climate expert Mr Dipak Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, during Explained Live talk.

TERI's Outreach on 'Challenges and Opportunities from COP27: Experts Sum up Key Takeaways'

December 14, 2022 |
December 14, 2022
Asian News International

TERI with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies organised a session on "COP-27 Outcomes: From the perspectives of Policy, Research & Businesses" summing up views and setting expectations from a wide range of experts from the government, think-tanks and the industry. Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI, highlighted the core contributions of the COP besides stressing on the fact that while developments with regard to certain key discussion agendas of the COP did happen, the implementation part is yet to be visible.

What is climate change governance?

December 12, 2022
| Dr Neha
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| Mr R R Rashmi
| Teacher Plus Magazine

Climate change is a major global environmental issue with severe local consequences. The Earth's temperature has risen by 1.1°C since pre-industrial times. While this rise may appear minuscule, the world is already feeling its effects. Building climate change solutions calls for a multilevel climate governance process that involves participation from all relevant societal segments. India is the world’s third-largest producer of greenhouse gases, making it one of the most climate-vulnerable countries. According to Ms.

India can achieve Net Zero by 2047: Experts

December 9, 2022 |
December 9, 2022
Krishi Jagran

The 4th Annual Energy Finance Conference India, 2022, hosted by IIT-Madras, Centre for Financial Accountability, Indo-German Center for Sustainability and Climate Trends, features discussions on a variety of topics relating to Energy and Finance. According to Mr. Ajay Shankar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, in his keynote talk, India should have the national ambition of achieving net zero by 2047 at 100 years of Independence and in time to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees.

Policy

Oceans-Climate Interface: Implications For Global Commons Based Climate Action

January 3, 2023

The High Seas or the Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ), are a global common, which covers about two-thirds of the ocean surface and more than 90% of its volume and contains rich biodiversity of marine life. Oceans are the largest known carbon sink in the world.

Internationalizing Lifestyles For Environment: Messages For G20

January 3, 2023

Sustainable consumption and lifestyles must be seen from the perspective of resource value chains that include resource extraction, manufacturing, processing, use by consumer, and disposal. Mainstream frameworks on sustainable consumption and production focus more on upstream and mid-stream components, such as resource efficiency and circular economy.

Road to Sharm El-Sheikh: Towards Equity and Climate Justice

November 7, 2022

Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) in Sharm El-Sheikh from 6th -18th November 2022. The COP27 Presidency lays out the vision for inclusive, rules-based, ambitious, substantive outcomes, commensurate with the challenges based on science and guided by principles building on agreements, decisions, pledges, and commitments from Rio 1992 to Glasgow 2021.

Joint Crediting Mechanism and Article 6 of the Paris Agreement: Strengthening Japan-India Technology Collaboration

July 1, 2022

Under the ambit of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, this issue brief explores the potential of a Japan –India partnership and examines the opportunities for shaping mutual ties through the Joint Crediting Mechanism.

Transitioning to a Low Carbon Technology for the Road Transport in India

March 14, 2022

India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions. At present, India accounts for a significant multimodal road transport sector contributing approximately 10 per cent of country’s total CO2 emissions, making it the second most carbon emitting sector in the country. Driven by rising population, income, and urbanization, under a business-as-usual scenario, India’s energy demand from transport is projected to increase six fold in 2050 from current levels.

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.

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.

Director, Earth Science and Climate Change
Fellow and Area Convenor, Center for Global Environment Research