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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  • India resource efficiency policy

    Press Release

    TERI prepares roadmap to foster Resource Efficiency policy for India

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  • mine in India

    Article

    A look at mining through the SDG lens

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  • plastic Ecosystem for Sustainable Choices

    Discussion Paper

    Giving back to affected communities with mining revenues

    If managed well, District Mineral Foundations can benefit communities bearing the impact of mining operations

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  • plastic Ecosystem for Sustainable Choices

    Issue Brief

    Assessing climate risks to India's oil and gas sector

    A shift to renewables and infrastructure vulnerability to extreme climactic events are among the challenges the sector faces

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  • what after petcoke

    Press Release

    GRIHA launches CITIES rating at the inaugural of the 10th GRIHA Summit

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Projects

Articles

A look at mining through the SDG lens

Mr S Vijay Kumar

Mr S Vijay Kumar, Distinguished Fellow, TERI, gave the keynote address at the Conference on Contemporary Mining Issues by the Mining Engineers Association of India (MEAI) in New Delhi

Reimagining the Role of the Chief Sustainability Officer

Sustainability is a relatively new subject and the role of the Chief Sustainability Officer is newer still. The increase in regulations in the climate change space, need for non-financial business disclosures for investor organizations and the intensification of the international dialogue has made many organizations reposition the head of sustainability practice as a Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO).

Here's how to celebrate a resource efficient Diwali

Ms Aastha Manocha

A little attention to the material being used and thrown away during the festival can contribute a lot to a cleaner Diwali that utlises resources effectively.

The evolving role of the Chief Sustainability Officer in India

The role is now of a strategic thinker, a provider of frameworks and guidance to the CEO to build a sustainability vision for the company

What after Petcoke?

Mr Anshu Yadav
,
Ms Anubhuti Bhatnagar

A look at options for the cement industry in the face of a possible petcoke ban

We need to mine in India to Make in India

Mr S Vijay Kumar

Mining in India has to be guided by perspectives based on minerals security and sustainable development

Events

Chief Sustainability Officers Forum Meeting 2018

August 28, 2018
to August 28, 2018

Session details

Knowledge sessions covering current and emerging sustainable practices in global environment, energy transition in India and emerging financial instruments for sustainability. Action and consultation sessions on Collaborative approaches to waste management, SDGs and Indian Businesses and Matchmaking sustainability challenges with business solutions

Who should participate?

Chief Sustainability Officers/ Designated officers leading sustainability functions Representative from TER

Webinar on 'Circular Economy An Opportunity for Indian Businesses'

August 14, 2018
to August 14, 2018

TERI Council for Business Sustainability (CBS) is delighted to host the Fifth webinar in the series of 'Thought Leadership Webinar' for Indian companies and businesses.

Circular Economy Symposium (CES) 2018

May 14, 2018
to May 15, 2018

FICCI launched the Circular Economy Symposium (CES) to drive the Circular Economy agenda forward in India in the year 2017 with a vision to promote knowledge and action on Circular Economy by way of annual symposiums and through encouraging dialogues on the subject.

Webinar on "Conversion of Dhaloas to Scientific Transfer Stations"

December 8, 2017
to December 8, 2017

This webinar takes the audience through the nuances of converting dhalaos to transfer stations. It also provides a case study of Nagpur -- setting up a compact transfer station.

TERI-ITEC Courses 2017-18 Course III - Trade and Sustainable Development: Issues for Developing countries

October 23, 2017
to November 10, 2017

About TERI-ITEC

TERI is empanelled by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), Government of India, for this programme. Under the TERI-ITEC programme, eight courses are being offered for the year 2017-18.

Webinar on "What does women's empowerment mean in the quest for universal electricity access?"

September 26, 2017
to September 26, 2017

How has 'empowerment' been conceptualized in studies of electricity's gendered impacts? Why has there been a divide between established notions of empowerment (i.e. women's political, social and economic empowerment) on the one hand and, on the other, gender goals in energy interventions and adhering research, which tend to focus on electricity's impact on welfare indicators?

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.

India, EU to boost environmental cooperation

June 30, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
PTI

India and the European Union have agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of environment, resource efficiency and, circular economy under the EU\'s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) for India. The Resource Efficiency Initiative (REI) project will be implemented on behalf of the European Union by a consortium led by Deutsche Gesellschaftf r Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, with TERI, Confederation of the Indian Industry and Adelphi.

India needs to build solar-electricity storage system

November 28, 2017 |
January 11, 2018
Outlook India

India needs to build a storage system for electricity from its fast-expanding solar network in a bid to balance cost-effective energy mix. There is a mismatch between peak demand and electricity generation period for solar, said Mr Nitya Nanda, Fellow & Area Convenor at the Centre for Resource Efficiency and Governance, TERI. Mr Nanda expressed concern over the high cost of storage system, mostly to be a battery-based set up. This would raise the solar electricity cost to consumer to Rs 10 per 2.5 kV, from just nominal right now, he said.

Policy

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

Towards resource efficient electric vehicle sector in India

September 7, 2018

A report on resource efficiency in India's EV sector

Sustainability Dynamics of Resource Use and Economic Growth

August 31, 2015

All economies of the world depend upon the use of renewable natural resources1 for their growth. This relationship inherently reflects that continued increase in extraction of resources is a must to sustain economic growth. Inevitably, a tipping point is reached from where the regeneration rates of the resources diminish due to depletion of the resource stock. The resource production peaks and declines which lead to a delayed feedback on the economy, ultimately restricting its ability to grow and sustain its level of output.

Engagement with Sustainability Concerns in Public Procurement in India: Why and How

August 24, 2013

A major part of the Indian GDP is spent on public procurement. Owing to large spending on procurement, Indian public sector can push towards a process of sustainable production and consumption through sustainable public procurement. Once such a process is implemented with specific contexts, it can create social, economic and environmental benefits. With this background, the policy brief explores why there is a need to promote sustainable public procurement within India.

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, Resource Efficiency & Governance