Climate Change

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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NEW IN CLIMATE

  • 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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  • climate change video
     

    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

Dr Vibha Dhawan meets heads of governments of Japan and Guyana

Director General brings focus on TERI’s multiple initiatives during visits to Japan, Guyana and the United States

TERI director general Dr Vibha Dhawan met heads of government of Japan and Guyana, and the Indian Ambassador to the United States of America (USA) in the month of October.

Brahmapuram Landfill Fire: Points towards the Need for Decentralized Waste Management

In this article, Sharada Balasubramanian highlights that a series of flames have been breaking out, year after year, at the Brahmapuram landfill in Kerala. Yet, it was not taken seriously. This year, the massive uncontrollable fire breakout urged the Kochi Corporation to take serious steps to resolve this issue as it impacted the health of people and the environment. Brahmapuram is the only landfill that is a bone of contention in Kerala, where solid waste management, otherwise is decentralized and systematic.

Mainstreaming Climate-Resilient Water and Sanitation Infrastructure For Long Lasting Impacts

Ms Manisha Jain

In this article, Manisha Jain and Dr Kriti Akansha highlight that it is necessary to support long-term thinking, transformation, flexibility and innovation while taking the associated climate risks into consideration to attain climate resilience. There is a need for a robust framework that ensures climate policies are integrated into all sectors and that planning, implementation, and evaluation are strictly followed.

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.

Events

Conference on Disaster Resilience - 2024

February 15, 2024
to February 15, 2024

Meeting of Chief Sustainability Officers

February 8, 2024
to February 8, 2024

World Sustainable Development Summit 2024

February 7, 2024
to February 9, 2024

 7-9 February 2024 | New Delhi

GO4YOUTH

January 31, 2024
to January 31, 2024

Book Release: TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) 2022-23

January 23, 2024
to January 23, 2024

TERI Energy & Environment Data Diary and Yearbook (TEDDY) is an annual publication brought out by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) since 1986. TEDDY presents latest information on energy supply sectors (coal and lignite, petroleum and natural gas, power and renewable energy sources), energy demand sectors (agriculture, industry, transport, residential, and commercial sectors), and environment (local and global). It seeks to support policy research and decision-making by providing policymakers and researchers with the data which can be used to develop actionable solutions.

COP 28 Debriefing: Contextualizing COP 28 Outcome and way forward for COP 29

January 16, 2024
to January 16, 2024

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is organising a panel discussion session 'COP 28 Debriefing: Contextualizing COP 28 Outcome and way forward for COP 29' on Tuesday, 16 January 2024, from 11:00 – 13:00 hrs (IST) at TERI headquarters, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

News

Climate justice should be North Star in fight against climate change: VP Jagdeep Dhankhar

February 8, 2024 |
February 8, 2024
The Economic Times

Vice President Mr Jagdeep Dhankhar on 7 February 2024 said climate justice should guide the efforts against climate change, considering its disproportionate impact on the most-vulnerable communities. Addressing the World Sustainable Development Summit organised by independent think tank TERI, Mr Dhankhar highlighted India's leading role in global environmental protection and climate justice initiatives.

India a global force multiplier in climate change fight: PM lauds

February 8, 2024 |
February 8, 2024
Business Standard

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his best wishes to The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for the 23rd edition of the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) and said that India has emerged as a global force multiplier in the fight against climate change. In his message for the summit on 7 February 2024, Prime Minister Modi highlighted that the World Sustainable Development Summit has evolved into a pre-eminent platform to foster dialogue, collaboration, and action on sustainability and combating climate change.

India force multiplier in global fight against climate change: PM

February 7, 2024 |
February 7, 2024
Moneycontrol

Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi said on 7 February 2024 that India has emerged as a global force multiplier in the fight against climate change. In a written message for the launch of the World Sustainable Development Summit by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), he said that the country's focus on clean energy highlights its keen sense of responsibility for the future.

Sustainable Development: Where is sustainable finance?

February 7, 2024
| Mr R R Rashmi
| The Economic Times

It is time that we seriously begin to find policy instruments to mitigate or reduce the physical and transition risks of climate and mandate the domestic financial system to rise to occasion, says Mr R R Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, Resource Efficiency and Governance Division, TERI.

India an exemplar in fight against global warming

February 6, 2024
| Mr Ajay Shankar
| The Tribune

Climate activists need to use platforms such as the upcoming World Sustainable Development Summit to focus on the downward trajectory of per capita emissions, says Mr Ajay Shankar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI.

The potential global benefits of being the most populous country

January 29, 2024
| Mr Manjeev Singh Puri
| The Tribune

The first position provides a special opportunity for setting the discourse and shaping global rules. It changes perceptions says Mr Manjeev Singh Puri, Former Ambassador and Distinguished Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change Division, TERI.

Policy

Accelerating the Growth of Green Bonds in India

February 8, 2024

India's enormous financial requirements to address climate change and ensure just transitioning for its economy cannot be met by the lone public sector and would require catalyzing private finance and institutional investment into climate initiatives. Green bonds offer an emerging financial instrument that holds the potential to attract private investors into climate action. However, unlike the exponential growth of green bonds in the global market, they still occupy only a scanty share of the Indian bonds market.

Advancing Environmental and Climate Goals Through a Multidimensional Model of Green Budgeting

December 4, 2023

While environmental regulation is the principal responsibility of environmental ministries, their locus standi in terms of implementation is limited as much of the implementation lies with other line ministries/departments and public agencies. Hence, it is essential that ‘environment’ is mainstreamed across ministries, departments, and sectors.

Internationalizing Lifestyles For Sustainable Development

December 2, 2023

Mainstream frameworks on sustainable consumption and production fail to holistically capture downstream segments of resource consumption and production systems, especially regarding lifestyle choices, including its links to upstream and midstream components.

Just Energy Transition Partnerships, Climate Action, and Minilateralism

November 24, 2023

Transitioning towards clean energy and renewable sources is a significant measure to restrict Greenhouse Gas emissions and meet the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement. Upcoming minilateral mechanisms, especially partnerships such as JETPs, despite setting ambitious targets have little to offer on recognizing the specific needs of the Global South to support sustainable energy transitions.

Road to Dubai and the Global Goal on Adaptation

November 24, 2023

IPCC's definition of adaptation emphasizes on human and natural systems rather than countries. A paradigm shift is needed in the climate regime regarding adaptation including not viewing vulnerability as only a country – centric approach. Instead, identifying vulnerability hotspots supplemented by formulating people-centric and nature-centric approaches in climate negotiations is need of the hour.

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.

Distinguished Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Distinguished Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change
Distinguished Fellow and Programme Director, Resource Efficiency & Governance
Director, Earth Science and Climate Change
Associate Director, Earth Science and Climate Change
Area Convenor, Center for Climate Change Research