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

Blue economy: An ocean of livelihood opportunities in India

Article
| March 12, 2021

Blue economy for India means a number of economic opportunities related to ocean and marine ecosystems, playing an important role in generating and sustaining livelihoods

Impact of Clean Energy Interventions on Development in India: A Techno-Economic Analysis

Research Paper
| March 11, 2021

As a response to repercussions to COVID-19, India's government announced ‘Atma Nirbhar Bharat’ or a ‘self-reliant’ India, which is to the tune of INR 20 trillion or 10 percent of the country’s GDP. The package has five pillars: economy, infrastructure, system, vibrant demography, and demand. Energy is central to all the five pillars of India’s recovery package. Thus, a more detailed scenario based analysis of the energy systems in India and the macro-economic implications is required. Two sets of models are considered for this analysis.

The Elf of Plants They Call Mushroom

Article
| March 9, 2021

Thomas Carlyle had said once, 'Thou fool! Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom; the idle crag thou sittest on is six thousand years of age.' Isn't it a fact that we haven't yet grown big enough to realize the benevolence of nature that has long been arming us to the teeth against all odds?

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 forestry NDC target is ambitious and therefore requires a well framed-strategy and a holistic approach to be accomplished. This policy brief presents an analysis of the impending challenges and summarizes the possible recommendations and a road map for meeting the NDC goals by 2030.