Resource Efficiency & Security

Unsustainable consumption of resources is at the heart of the crisis of environmental degradation. Our work focuses on understanding the future demand for resources and promoting pathways for resource efficiency, waste management and circular economy. Our integrated modelling and analysis has contributed to shaping and influencing India’s policies on energy, environment and climate change. All our efforts continue to inform policy makers about solutions which need to be scaled up to decouple economic growth from environmental impacts.

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NEW IN RESOURCES

  • India resource efficiency policy

    Discussion Paper

    Greening Post COVID-19 Economic Recovery in India: A New Virus, A New India

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  • mine in India

    Article

    Keeping oceans healthy to keep the blue economy running

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  • plastic Ecosystem for Sustainable Choices

    Blog

    What can the Coronavirus response teach us about dealing with climate change?

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  • plastic Ecosystem for Sustainable Choices

    Press Release

    Goa becomes India's first state to have resource efficiency strategy; measures suggested for tourism, construction sectors, and tackling marine litter

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  • Resources

    Article

    Nudging MSMEs towards natural gas to lighten Delhi's air pollution burden

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Projects

Articles

The equilibrium of attention: Will the supply chain provide impetus to achieving sustainability?

Mr Arupendra Nath Mullick
,
Ms Pooja Kumar

Will India's push for resource efficiency and circular economy also resonate among sustainability stakeholders in Indian industries

What can the Coronavirus response teach us about dealing with climate change?

Mr R R Rashmi
,
Ms Shailly Kedia

Can we learn any lessons from the COVID 19 response in order to handle similar existential problems facing the world - such as climate change

Keeping oceans healthy to keep the blue economy running

Ms Swati Ganeshan
,
Ms Mani Juneja

The significance of oceans for the global economy is immense and the progress of blue economy will depend on the achievement of sustainable development

अगले 10 साल हैं ज़रूरी: WSDS में होगी 2030 के लक्ष्यों को पूरा करने के लिए चर्चा

Ms Shweta
20 देशों के प्रतिनिधि आएंगे साथ एक ही मंच पर वायु प्रदूषण, ई-गतिशीलता, नवीकरणीय ऊर्जा, ऊर्जा दक्षता, हरित वित्त, नीली अर्थव्यवस्था, टिकाऊ खपत, कई मुख विषयों पर होगी चर्चा। सतत विकास में योगदान की होगी पहचान, सस्टेनेबल डेवलपमेंट लीडरशिप अवार्ड से नवाज़ा जाएगा।

How to reduce air pollution and waste generation this festive season?

Ms Shilpi Singh

Because it is during this season when air pollution rises to dangerous levels, energy and food wastages increase exponentially, plastic packaging and cracker debris litter the roads and several children, sick and older people and animals suffer too. That's how we have been celebrating festivals, year on year. But this time around, let's do it with a difference.

Resource efficiency for a sustainable e-vehicle sector

Dr Shilpi Kapur
,
Mr Souvik Bhattacharjya

The latest blog in our ongoing series explores material use and resource efficiency potential in India's e-vehicle sector

Events

EU - India webinar on the occasion of World Environment Day 05 June 2020: "Resource Efficiency for Greening of Recovery and fostering Sustainable Economic Growth in a resource constrained world"

June 5, 2020
to June 5, 2020

Webinar on the occasion of WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, "Resource Efficiency for Greening of Recovery and fostering Sustainable Economic Growth in a resource constrained world"

Webinar on Health and Environment: Towards Greening Post COVID-19 Economic recovery

May 29, 2020
to May 29, 2020

COVID-19 is considered as an 'Anthropocene Disease' which has resulted from a complex sequence involving disruption of the natural, social, economic and governance systems. Researchers from the emerging field of 'planetary health' have pointed out links between COVID-19 and planetary health. While emissions of GHGs have decreased for a while, this reduction will have negligible impact on the total concentrations of GHGs that have accumulated in the atmosphere for decades. Once the pandemic ends and economies open, GHG emissions will skyrocket again.

Webinar on 'Greening Economic Recovery in India'

May 14, 2020
to May 14, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that growth must be both inclusive and sustainable in the long term. Recently, the Prime Minister announced a Rs. 20 lakh crore special economic package for 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' or 'self-reliant India' which would better integrate India with the world. The package provides an opportunity to take much awaited steps to green the economy in sectors that have the maximum impact on sustainable development. Sustenance and sustainability both have to be cornerstones of economic recovery as India responds this crisis.

Webinar on marketing products from waste

February 28, 2020
to February 28, 2020

Large amounts of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated has become an increasing problem in all tourist destinations.

Sustainable Procurement by strengthening an ecosystem for Local Green Enterprises (LGEs)

February 6, 2020
to February 6, 2020

A technical session is being organised by TERI, GEC, DA and FICCI to discuss some of the challenges faced by local green enterprises in the context of sustainable public procurement and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12.

News

Preserve natural resources, promote farming

March 1, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Tribune

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.

A living system

February 27, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Telegraph

Organic farming can improve sustainability in Indian agriculture. Its principles challenge the dominant narrative of input and energy-intensive industrial agriculture systems that make farmers dependent on expensive commercial inputs and damage soil, water and biodiversity, inducing grave socio-economic adversity. Organic agriculture visualizes the farm as a dynamic ecosystem where biotic and abiotic components interact and harness local resources, such as farm residue, biodiversity and natural processes, to deliver optimal agricultural production and stability.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates World Sustainable Development Summit 2018

February 16, 2018 |
February 16, 2018
DNA

Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi inaugurated the World Sustainable Development Summit 2018, organized by TERI. The Prime Minister, addressing the gathering at the inaugural speech, laid emphasis on the major current environmental problems that are being faced by the developing nations. Mr Modi added that successful climate action needs access to financial resources and technology. Technology can help countries like India to develop sustainably and enable poor to benefit from it.

Demand creation must to reduce costs of resource-efficient

January 25, 2018 |
February 12, 2018
India Today

Creation of demand is essential to increase sales volumes and reduce the costs of new resource- efficient technologies, Director-General of TERI, Dr Ajay Mathur, said at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Citing the example of the Indian government's LED bulb programme, Dr Mathur said aggregation of demand and bulk procurement helped in bringing down its prices. Demand creation is essential to enhance sales volumes and reduce the costs of new resource-efficient technologies, Dr Mathur was quoting as saying at a session on The Future of Finite Resources.

Budgetary allocation to Environment Ministry up by 19 pc

February 1, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
DNA

The Environment Ministry got an increase of nearly 19 per cent in its budgetary allocation for the next fiscal even as environmental bodies said that Union Budget has failed to acknowledge the problem of pollution. TERI said that the Union Budget is a continuation of the foundation built in last year\'s Budget to \'transform\' India but while moving in the right direction in some key areas, stops short in others.

Nalco, TERI sign MoU for sustainable rehabilitation

February 16, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
Business Standard

Nalco has signed an agreement with TERI for various scientific, technological and educational activities in the area of mining rehabilitation and sustainable development. The activities under the MoU will cover mining rehabilitation methods and technologies; sustainable rehabilitation on red mud areas; capacity building; workshops and preparation knowledge documents on mining rehabilitation.

Policy

Women in agriculture: Enhancing their role and promoting sustainability and livelihood support

May 26, 2020

The paper looks at enhancing the role of women in agriculture and allied activities and providing institutional support

Exploration and Mining in India: Time for a deeper look

September 9, 2019

Exploration needs to be strongly incentivised using the private sector's risk taking ability if we are to find all the minerals we need for our development

G20: Enable business models for a circular economy

June 24, 2019

TERI's policy proposal on resource efficiency and circular economy to inform the discussions at G20 summit 2019

Giving back to affected communities with mining revenues

December 20, 2018

District Mineral Foundations present an opportunity to benefit communities bearing the socio-economic, environmental impacts of mining operations

Greening the solar PV value chain

September 7, 2018

A report on opportunities for resource saving along the value chain in the solar PV sector

Services

Policy research on the role of resources in national and global sustainable development

We study the economics of natural resource use, and its interface with development, use modelling frameworks and decision support systems for sustainable management of natural resources. We analyse markets (design, regulation, and behaviour of the agents) to suggest policy, structural, institutional, and legislative changes for promoting efficient and competitive markets.

Multidisciplinary research and policy advice

We perform inter-disciplinary policy research using latest science and technology developments for policy makers, regulators, and concerned stakeholders in areas of regulatory reforms in physical infrastructure sectors like energy, transport, water, and others through research, support, capacity building, awareness programmes, and handholding. Our policy advice is aimed at local and global environmental challenges to trade, investment, resource development.

Team

Director, Integrated Assessments & Modelling
Associate Director, Integrated Policy Analysis Division
Area Convenor, Centre for Resource Efficiency & Governance