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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    Report

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

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    Theme

    HFCs – Enabling efficient refrigerant transitions

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    Blog

    Lessons from the Pandemic – Accelerating Preparedness for Climate Change in India

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    Policy Brief

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

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  • Adaptation future

    News

    Climate change forces Uttarakhand farmers to migrate

    17th May, 2021

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Projects

Articles

Hope on Climate Change: Reasons to be optimistic

Mr Ajay Shankar

The total commitments made under the Paris Agreement were too little to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, whereas scientists agree that limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius is vital. Ajay Shankar says that recent developments give cause for optimism for the first time as the President of the USA has brought the USA back into the Paris Agreement and is providing leadership for a net carbon-neutral global economy.

Development of thematic working groups, low-carbon transition and climate finance: A glimpse into the first high-level meeting

Ms Ritu Ahuja

The first high-level meeting of India-EU Track II dialogue saw discussions around possible areas of collaboration towards a low-carbon transition and a way to mobilise climate finance for enabling this transition across energy, industry and transport sectors.

Lessons from the Pandemic – Accelerating Preparedness for Climate Change in India

Ms Tamiksha Singh
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Ms Sachi Vohra

The COVID-19 pandemic could be seen as a forewarning of the other under-addressed global disasters which looming on the horizon, particularly those brought on by climate change. The onset of climate change impacts along with the climate-related natural disasters are an even bigger threat to public welfare and health than the ongoing pandemic.

Potential of India-EU Cooperation on Climate and Development

Ms Ritu Ahuja
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Mr Abhishek Kaushik
,
Ms N R Mekhala Sastry

India and the European Union (EU) are key players in the field of international climate diplomacy. This briefing note on the India-EU Track II dialogue details a range of areas for potential cooperation between India and EU to further goals of climate action and sustainable development.

Restore Our Earth: Not a Luxury But a Necessity

TERI Web Desk

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. In this article, Arpita Dasgupta points out that the COVID-19 pandemic is, in fact, a red flag pointing to an imbalance in our natural systems. It is a sign of a planet in disharmony. So, there is only one way forward—restoring what is lost to bring back a sense of equilibrium. This is the reason why the theme for Earth Day 2021 is 'Restore Our Earth'. She also stresses that environmental and climate literacy is the foundation for an equitable and sustainable society.

Climate Action: What's Next for India?

Ms Neha Pahuja
,
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.

Events

Knowledge Webinar series: Transforming to a net-zero emissions scenario

August 4, 2021
to August 4, 2021

To support the principles of the Industry Charter for Near Zero Emission Ambition by 2050, TERI is hosting a series of Knowledge Webinars to share insights with practitioners and leaders of Indian industry.

Challenges of Adaptation Metrics: IPAM's Proposed Framework

May 27, 2021
to May 27, 2021

The webinar aims to present the framework under which committee-led projects related to sectoral, transversal or technical approaches are mapped and evaluated. It also plans to hold expert discussions on the framework concepts before they are examined on a sectoral basis.

Multi-Country Industry Dialogue: Towards Low Carbon Cooling Access

April 22, 2021
to April 22, 2021

The Embassy of France in partnership with TERI is organizing a Webinar Series – Multi-Country Industry Dialogue: Towards low carbon cooling access – delivering high-level roundtable discussions among key cooling stakeholders from India and France aiming to facilitate multi-country cooling stakeholders' dialogue.

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

News

What the G7 message on net-zero emissions means for India

June 19, 2021
| Mr Manjeev Singh Puri

India has been a leading stakeholder in climate action and is among the few in the G20 in line to meet their commitments under the Paris Accord. It has also taken on a most ambitious target of 450 GW of renewable power by 2030 and has shown the world the way forward on solar power with producers now offering ultra-competitive tariffs. As the world's largest democracy, India is a natural ally of the G7 and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's championing of the environment is globally recognised.

COP 26: Will CDM regain focus?

June 9, 2021
| Dr Ria Sinha
| The Pioneer

The CDM is a flexible mechanism in the Kyoto Protocol (KP) that allows a developed country with an emission-reduction commitment to implement projects in developing countries where the cost of mitigation is lower. However, under the Paris Agreement implementation rules are yet to be framed. CDM has been the biggest issuer of carbon credits measured in certified emission reductions (CER), with almost 50 per cent issuances from projects in renewable energy, industrial gases and fugitive emissions. Several developing economies have already accumulated huge credits.

Defeating Cyclones | Let India’s west coast learn from its east

June 8, 2021
| Mr Saswat Dash
| Mr Saurabh Bhardwaj
| Money Control

The world has been facing increasing impacts of tropical cyclones due to changing climate and India is no exception. Tropical cyclones form in certain favourable conditions, one of them being sea surface temperature (SST) reaching a particular threshold (28°C) or higher. Higher the SST, the quicker the storm amplifies and gets intense.

Has Climate Change Impacted Past and Present Pandemics?

June 5, 2021 |
June 5, 2021
News18

Many of the root causes of climate change also increase the risk of pandemics. Dr Souvik Bhattacharjya, Associate Director at the Resource Efficiency and Governance Division in TERI, said that when forests or natural habitats are destroyed, they can result in an outbreak of diseases.

Why We Need International Climate Change Litigations to Make Countries, Corporates Accountable

June 5, 2021 |
June 5, 2021
News18

Dr Souvik Bhattacharjya, Associate Director at the Resource Efficiency and Governance Division in TERI, pointed out that the Paris Agreement not only serves as a legal reference point in several domestic climate change litigations but is also a legally binding agreement in itself.

Economic Cost of Cyclones: How Can India Minimize the Mounting Losses of Tauktae, Amphan?

June 5, 2021 |
June 5, 2021
News18

In a recent interview Mr Saurabh Bhardwaj, Fellow and Area Convener, at Centre for Climate Modelling, TERI, explained the increasing erraticism of cyclone systems and ways to mitigate the impact of cyclones, thereby reducing economic losses.

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