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

Detecting SARS-COV-2 in wastewater An Early Warning Signal for Covid-19

Policy brief
| February 10, 2021

The Policy Brief is a result of the research study titled ‘Monitoring of Community wastewater for early signaling the spread of COVID-19’, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) jointly undertaken by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), SRM Institute of Science & Technology (SRMIST), & Mu Gamma Consultants Pvt Ltd (MGC).

‘Lactobacillus sp. strain TERI-D3’, as microbial cell factory for fermentative production of lactic acid’.

Research Paper
| February 3, 2021

This study reports for lactic acid production from different carbohydrates; monosaccharide (glucose, galactose, lactose) & disaccharides (sucrose) and from lignocellulose biomass (rice straw) by a novel strain ‘Lactobacillus sp. strain TERI-D3’. ‘TERI-D3’ strain produced 19.9, 19.4, 18.1 and 15.8 g/L of lactic acid from glucose, sucrose, lactose and galactose, respectively. Maximum lactic acid yield efficiency (0.97 g/g) was observed with glucose (>95% of the theoretical maximum yield). Lactic acid titer from glucose was 0.41 g/L.

वेटलैंड्स: एक बहुमूल्य प्राकृतिक सम्पदा

Article
| February 2, 2021

आज वर्ल्ड वेटलैंड्स डे है। दुर्लभ, लुप्तप्राय प्रजातियों, बाढ़ नियंत्रण, जलवायु परिवर्तन के प्रभाव को कम करने में वेटलैंड्स का बड़ा महत्व है लेकिन बढ़ते शहरीकरण, बाँध निर्माण, जलाशयों में अपशिष्ट के प्रवाह के कारण ये वेटलैंड नष्ट हो रहे हैं।

2021: क्या हम गर्म होती धरती को 1.5 डिग्री के रास्ते पर ला पाएंगे

Article
| January 21, 2021

वर्ल्ड सस्टेनेबल डेवलपमेंट समिट के 20 साल एनर्जी ट्रांजीशन, क्लीन ओशियन, अडेप्टेशन एंड रेज़ीलियंश, वीमेन ऑन दी राइज़ , इंडस्ट्री ट्रांजीशन, सर्कुलर इकॉनमी, एयर पॉल्यूशन, नेचर-बेस्ड सोल्यूशन, ग्रीन ग्रोथ, जैसी बड़ी थीम पर होगी चर्चा ग्लोबल साउथ से युवाओं और महिलाओं की आवाज़ को आगे रखते हुए की जाने वाली यह चर्चा ग्लास्गो में होने वाले COP26 में योगदान देगी

Farmers Shift to Climate-resilient Crop: With Rising Cyclones in Tamil Nadu

Article
| January 13, 2021

In the recent past, the Bay of Bengal has witnessed frequent cyclones. In 2011, when Cyclone Thane struck the coasts of Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, many farmers looked for a crop that could withstand climatic fluctuations. Sharada Balasubramanian says vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides)—a hardy grass—was found to be a suitable alternative to cashew and casuarina, which were often getting toppled by cyclone. Farmers found this not just climate-resilient, but also profitable from an income perspective.

Stakeholders and Corporate Social Responsibility: Are They Interlinked and Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Research Paper
| January 1, 2021

Freeman chose the word Stakeholder on the basis of the traditional term which takes only a look at the economic point of view, where the stakeholders are defined as “any group of individual who is affected by or can affect the achievement of organization’s objectives” (Freeman 1984). The paper provides detailed understanding of stakeholders, analysis of various models on stakeholders, stakeholders of CSR and its analysis, linkages between different stakeholders and its contribution to the SDG’s.

Development and Demonstration of Membrane to Control Potential Pathogen (Legionella sp.) Associated With Cooling Towers

Research Paper
| January 1, 2021

The presence of pathogens in industrial cooling towers has been identified as one of the causes of legionellosis, but the tangible hazard has been unrecognized. The major function of a cooling tower in the industries is to transfer heat into the environment through evaporation which leads to an unusual increment in the conductivity of water. Conductivity indicates dissolved solids of water which further facilitate the occurrence of corrosion within the cooling tower systems that may hamper the overall functioning of the cooling tower.

Climate Action: What's Next for India?

Article
| December 23, 2020

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.

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

Policy brief
| 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.

Green Home to Fight Environmental Degradation: To Achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Article
| December 18, 2020

'Buildings' are the most pronounced elements in the fabric of any city. The housing sector in India is growing at a rapid pace and contributing immensely to the growth of the economy. The simultaneous increase in the demand for homes has caused a significantly high pressure on natural resources causing ecological imbalances such as loss of resilience to fight climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution. In this article, Pratiksha Baruah discusses about the tangible and intangible benefits of green buildings.