Yearender 2020

Policy Brief

Plastic Waste Management: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

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Climate Action: What's Next for India?

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Publications

Baseline investigation for environmental project- A scientific approach

Research Paper
| February 25, 2021

Environmental sustainability is achieved through well versed research and analysis of the current and potential future issues under the defined sustainable development goals (SDGs). In this context, it is essential to establish a strategic formulation and implementation of activities/ projects that lead to sustainable development. An important segment to achieve this is availability of precise information regarding respective sectors, post which projects are formulated under CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility).

Air Quality and Public Health Challenges: The battle can be won

Article
| February 25, 2021

It is time to take action on air pollution using both technology and awareness as major methods and It needs strong incentive mechanisms to ensure participation both by farmers and clean-energy producers.

A Sustainable Development Agenda: Plastic and Biomedical Waste Post COVID-19

Article
| February 24, 2021

In this article, Hans Nicolai Adam, Emmy Noklebye, and Girija K Bharat discuss biomedical and plastic waste management in the post COVID-19 world. The authors focus on the role of the informal sector, which plays a significant role in India's waste management systems, and is assuming a growing role in plastic waste management. Yet, the informal waste management sector remains highly vulnerable, as evidenced by the authors' study.

A Model-Based Assessment of Variable Renewable Grid Integration Costs in India

Policy brief
| February 23, 2021

To understand the costs of integrating variable renewable energy in India's electricity grid, TERI has conducted a model-based assessment

A critical review of literature on the nexus between central grid and off-grid solutions for expanding access to electricity in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

Research Paper
| February 17, 2021

This paper critically examines the literature on the grid-offgrid debate and discusses the role of and the relationship between different electricity access options through a synthesis and critical reflection. This paper finds that models using greater resolution and capturing low voltage distribution infrastructure appear to recommend decentralised electricity solutions, whereas central grid extension emerges as the preferred outcome of more aggregated analysis, concentrated population clusters and for higher demand scenarios.

Super Efficient AC Deployment: Opportunities through business models in India

Policy brief
| 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.

Will India attain its forestry NDC target of achieving 2.5–3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030?

Policy brief
| February 11, 2021

India's performance on achieving its NDC has been progressive and impressive. To achieve the additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonne, India needs to almost double its forest cover. A holistic approach with balanced political, financial, legal and institutional efforts are much needed. It needs to sustain the momentum of increasing its energy efficiency along with a high rate of afforestation to achieve the 2030 NDC targets.

Innovative financial mechanisms to achieve additional 2.5–3.0 billion tonne of CO2e through additional forest and tree cover in India by 2030

Policy brief
| February 11, 2021

A substantial financial allocation to the tune of around 60,000 crore per annum will be required for SFM. A financial gap of 48,744 crore needs to be filled to achieve NDCs target by adopting innovative financial mechanism such as Deployment of LPG Connection to the Forest-Dependent Community, Implementing MSP Scheme for Agroforestry and by Formulating Carbon Neutrality Policy at National Level

Scope and potential of coastal ecosystem towards mitigating climate change

Policy brief
| February 11, 2021

The coastal ecosystems — Mangroves, Sea grasses, and Tidal marshes — commonly referred to as blue carbon ecosystems store half the "blue" carbon buried beneath the ocean floor. The carbon that is stored in the coastal ecosystems remain trapped for very long periods of time and thus resulting in very large carbon stock. The carbon stock in these ecosystems and the existing or potential carbon emissions must be quantified. Mangroves are fairly well mapped, large areas containing seagrass meadows are largely surveyed but areas of tidal salt

Designing the methodology to establish minimum support prices of trees grown outside forests

Policy brief
| February 11, 2021

Agroforestry can contribute more than 2 billion tons of CO2e by 2030 if government provides them Minimum Support Price (MSP) of timber produced by farmer. Minimum Support Price will provide a social safety net to farmers by taking care of the economic interest of the farmer in case of the market failure of the respective agroforestry species and will motivate farmers for planting more species under agroforestry.