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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    TERI launches India's Climate Atlas; provides decision-makers with city-level analysis of climate data

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    HFCs – Enabling efficient refrigerant transitions

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

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

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    Media Fellowship for Climate Change Reporting in the Himalayan Region (Batch 2: January-June 2021)

    Last date to apply: 31st October 2020

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

Dr Ria Sinha
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
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.

COVID-19 and climate discourse: Sustaining momentum

Ms Neha Pahuja
Ms N R Mekhala Sastry

Since the COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic, it has spread across 200 countries and has had massive ramifications on political, economic, financial, and social structures across the world. Governments, businesses, and organisations have had to take drastic measures to curb the spread of the disease.

कोल्ड चेन इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर: कोविड 19 महामारी में गरीबों को खाद्य सुरक्षा एवं स्वास्थ्य सेवाओं के लिए ज़रूरी

Mr Manjeet Singh

विकासशील देशों में बड़े स्तर पर खाद्यान उत्पादन के बावजूद बहुत सारा खाद्यान सप्लाई चेन में ही नष्ट हो जाता है। इसका एक बड़ा कारण अच्छे कोल्ड चेन ढाँचे की कमी माना जाता है।

COVID-19: It's time to scale up cold chain infrastructure in India

While the world is in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are taking the strongest measures to avoid the potential impact of this crisis on their citizen's lives, economy, and healthcare.


Climate Services for Regional Policy Planning

October 15, 2020
to October 15, 2020

There is an increasing demand and attention among various stakeholders in developing countries like India to take into account potential implications of climate variability and change for planning and prioritizing of development strategies and activities.

Webinar on Mobilising Green Finance for Industry Transition

October 12, 2020
to October 12, 2020

The virtual discussion will focus on understanding the barriers to accessing green finance from the Indian steel industry perspective, and exploring how these differ from the challenges faced by the industries in developed economies.

Media Fellowship for Climate Change Reporting in the Himalayan Region (Batch 2: January-June 2021)

October 6, 2020
to October 31, 2020

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Earth Journalism Network are providing a six-month media fellowship to digital, print and radio journalists, voice artists, documentary film makers, video bloggers, graphic artists and anyone else who has a demonstrated flair for mass communication. Preference will be given to applicants from the Himalayan region in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

Adaptation Futures 2020

September 28, 2020
to September 28, 2020

About Adaptation Futures 2020

TERI will co-host Adaptation Futures 2020 with the World Adaptation Science Programme (WASP) in Delhi from September 27 - October 1, 2020.

Enhancing Resilience through Early Warning Systems - An Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction

August 13, 2020
to August 13, 2020

TERI, in collaboration with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), is organizing a webinar to launch Flood Early Warning System developed for predicting urban floods in the city of Guwahati, Assam.


Making net zero emissions a mission possible in India

October 15, 2020
| Dr Ajay Mathur
| ET Energyworld

India could envisage peaking power sector emissions in the 2030s. Aggregate emissions pathways are more uncertain, given the large emissions growth expected from sectors like industry, trucking and aviation, where technologies are less mature. Nonetheless, even here mitigation technologies are improving rapidly. India's pathway will thus look different from that of China. It may not be ready to commit to an aggregate emissions peak. But large parts of the puzzle to make this mission possible are falling into place.

2020 could be turning point for climate change: TERI director-general Ajay Mathur

September 16, 2020 |
September 16, 2020
Hindustan Times

In an interview with the Hindustan Times newspaper, Dr Ajay Mathur, co-chair, ETC and Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) said that it is possible that the global CO2 emissions have already peaked in 2019.

Guwahati gets an experimental flood warning system

September 7, 2020 |
September 7, 2020
The Third Pole

TERI, along with the National Disaster Management Authority, launched a fully automated web-based flood warning system for Guwahati.

Embrace multilateralism

September 3, 2020
| Mr Karan Mangotra
| Ms Ritu Ahuja
| The Pioneer

Multilateral institutions (MLIs) can support three interlinked activities: Mobilisation of finance, streamlined action towards tackling the biggest global externality and engagement of State and non-State actors to further climate action. These will hold immense importance even as countries choose to move into more unilateral and autarkist policies. Enabling large-scale finance to minimise carbon lock-in, creating conducive market conditions for green investments and building resilience through enhanced adaptation can be achieved with the support of dedicated MLIs.

A vehicle for green recovery

August 20, 2020
| Ms Aanchal Pruthi
| Ms Aishwarya Raj
| Ms Neha Pahuja
| The Pioneer

The COVID-19 outbreak is not just an economic but a humanitarian and environmental crisis. This has impeded India's contribution towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were put forth in 2015 with an objective to eradicate poverty, safeguard the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all by 2030. Moreover, the response to climate change has also lost traction globally with the postponement of the Conference of Parties (COP26) to 2021. Strategies need to be devised across sectors that will make India's economic recovery sustainable and climate-proof.

Flood early warning system for Guwahati launched

August 13, 2020 |
August 13, 2020
The Assam Tribune

In the first-of-its-kind initiative in the Northeast, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) launched the urban Flood Early Warning System (FEWS) to predict floods in Guwahati, Assam. The system has been developed by TERI in association with Assam State Disaster Management Authority.


Toward a Comprehensive Approach to Youth Empowerment for Climate Action

September 23, 2020

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.

Build Back Better: Revitalizing Clean Urbanization to Drive India's Post-Covid Economic Growth

September 22, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the world economies in a unique and at an unprecedented scale. On the flipside, it has also given an opportunity to the economies, business and industries to rethink and respond on the type of recovery path they choose that essentially leads to minimal disruption and long-term stability. This report argues that sustainable urbanization should be front and centre of the recovery plan, in order to put the Indian economy back on a more equitable high growth pathway.

Unlocking the co-benefits of decarbonising India's power sector

September 18, 2020

India is in the midst of an energy transition, with important social and economic implications depending on the pathways that are chosen. India's energy pathway will define the basis for its future development, including economic prosperity, business and employment opportunities as well as health impacts. At the same time, current investment decisions in India's energy sector will have a substantial impact on combating global warming and securing the livelihoods of people in India and elsewhere.

Making Mission Possible: Delivering a Net-Zero Economy

September 16, 2020

The primary route to decarbonisation will be clean electrification, complemented by hydrogen, sustainable biomass and fossil fuels combined with carbon capture, says the report

Guiding Framework for India's Long-Term Strategy: Adaptation

September 11, 2020

Under the backdrop of the Paris Agreement, parties committed to developing mid-century or long-term low emission development strategies by 2020 (Long-Term Strategy or LTS). This strategy should be tailor-made, such that it aligns with the short-term as well as medium time climate action and, chalks out a climate-resilient development pathway. It is critical that such a pathway also embraces adaptation and mitigation choices that have the potential to offset as well as contribute to sustainable development.


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 Convenor, Centre for Global Environment Research
Associate Director, Growth, Diversification & Commercialization