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.



  • Financing


    Financing Low Carbon Transition in India's MSME Sector

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    HFCs – Enabling efficient refrigerant transitions

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  • climate change video


    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


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

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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.


Meeting of Chief Sustainability Officers

June 13, 2024
to June 13, 2024

The Responsible Renewable Energy Summit 2024

March 14, 2024
to March 14, 2024

The Responsible Energy Initiative is a multi-year programme dedicated to advancing sustainable Renewable Energy (RE) adoption in India. It strives to unlock the full potential of renewable energy in India, emphasising people-and planet-centric development. REI India is the first inquiry launched as part of the Responsible Energy Initiative.

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


TERI celebrates 50th Anniversary, sets stage for next-gen sustainable development

June 19, 2024 |
June 19, 2024
ET Energyworld

TERI celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 18, 2024, highlighting its half-century commitment to sustainable development, environmental research, and resource management.

TERI marks 50 years of pioneering environmental excellence and innovation

June 19, 2024 |
June 19, 2024
Business Standard

The day-long event highlighted TERI's five decades of pioneering work in sustainable development, environmental research, and resource management, marking a significant milestone and setting the stage for growth for the next 50 years.

Nepal's honey gatherers say fewer hives threaten tradition

June 5, 2024 |
June 5, 2024

Global studies show that a temperature rise of even one degree affects the growth of bees, the availability of their food and cross pollination of plants, said Ms Suruchi Bhadwal, Senior Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI). Research showed climate change was disrupting the food chains for bees and the flowering of plants, affecting populations of both across the world, added Ms Bhadwal.

World's top climate scientists expect global heating to blast past 1.5C target

May 8, 2024 |
May 15, 2024
The Guardian

Mr Dipak Dasgupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, observes that the plight of the poor, who suffer most from climate impacts, needs to be addressed.

Fostering sustainable futures

April 28, 2024
| Ms Ashwini Pai Panandiker
| The Navhind Times

Goa became the first state in India to come out with its strategy on Resource Efficiency (RE) and Circular Economy (CE) in February 2020. The Directorate of Planning, Statistics and Evaluation (DPSE), Government of Goa was the nodal agency for preparing this strategy. As a knowledge partner, TERI helped to develop this Strategy with support from the European Union-Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI).

Climate change impact now part of the constitutional discourse

April 23, 2024
| Dr Prodipto Ghosh
| The Tribune

International agreements provide only for very modest levels of funding to developing nations for adapting to climate change, says Mr Prodipto Ghosh, Distinguished Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change Division, TERI.


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.


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
Associate Fellow and Area Convenor, Centre for Climate Modelling