Our work in the transport sector aims at low-carbon modes of transport that are sustainable and inclusive in nature. We have pioneered policy research in this sector with expertise in issues related to energy efficiency and emissions modeling. Among others, our focus areas include electric vehicles, railways, urban transport.



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    Shifting to cycling can result in an annual savings of up to 1.6% of India’s GDP

    Launch of report on 'Benefits of Cycling in India: An Economic, Environmental, and Social Assessment'

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    Is electric the future of two-wheelers? Tell us what you think

    Last date: 22nd March, 2019

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    Mr Arjun Ram Meghwal shares how he stumbled upon several 'speed breakers' before he could get his cycle inside Parliament House premises officially

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    Waning traffic in Indian railways 

    The alarming decline of freight and passenger traffic in Indian Railways

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Creating the charging infrastructure to power EVs in India

Mr Alekhya Datta

Charging stations for EVs can help drive demand for the sector's growth in the country

Replacing Bengaluru's auto fleet with electric autos will clean up the air and save LPG

Ms Palak Thakur
Ms Sugandha Pal

TERI study suggests 1200 tonnes of carbon dioxide is emitted daily from total fleet of auto rickshaws in Bengaluru

Taking Alwar for a ride: Mini passenger public transport service in Alwar

Ms Akshima Tejas Ghate
Dr Seema Singh
Ms Sangeetha Ann Wilson
Ms Megha Kumar

With a population of about 315,310 persons in 2011 (Census, Government of India), the city of Alwar is one of the fastest growing urban areas in Rajasthan state as well as the National Capital Region (NCR) in India. The rapid pace of industrialisation in the city is accompanied by increasing residential, commercial and industrial areas in the city, which have increased pressures on the existing infrastructure.

Highways to hell: The saga of unsafe Indian roads

Mr Puduchari Yashwanth Kumar

With the growing number of vehicles and increase in road lengths, Indian roads are spattered with blood as accidents resulting in injuries and fatalities have been mounting over the past twenty years.


World Sustainable Development Summit 2019

February 11, 2019
to February 13, 2019

WSDS is India's imprint to the global sustainability footprint. WSDS now strives to provide long-term solutions for the benefit of the global community by assembling the world's most enlightened leaders and thinkers on a single platform.

Report Release: 'Benefits of Cycling in India: An Economic, Environmental, and Social Assessment'

January 11, 2019
to January 11, 2019

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will be presenting a study on 'Benefits of Cycling in India: An Economic, Environmental, and Social Assessment'. The report will be released in the presence of Hon'ble Union Minister for Commerce & Industry Shri Suresh Prabhu. We believe that TERI's study will prove to be a milestone in promoting cycling and cycle industry in India. The report of the study will be released on 11 January, 2019, at Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

1st CharIN India Conference: Enabling e-mobility in India by means of CCS, trendsetter to empower the EV ecosystem

May 11, 2018
to May 11, 2018

Stakeholders of the Indian EV-market and experts from CharIN and EV-related industries will meet during the 1st CharIN India Conference, scheduled for May 11th, 2018 in New Delhi to discuss about the future of e-mobility in India powered by the Combined Charging System (CCS). This one-day conference consists of technical speeches, a panel discussion, and networking opportunities.

India-Japan Industry & Energy Seminar

May 1, 2018
to May 1, 2018

To focus on enhancing technology cooperation and business opportunities between India and Japan in the fields of in energy and environment , TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), in association with NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization), Japan, and JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), is organising the India-Japan Industry & Energy Seminar on May 1

International seminar on 'Switching to sustainable intermediate public transport'

April 24, 2018
to April 25, 2018

The Namma Auto Project Consortium is organising the first International Exchange Seminar on 'Switching to Sustainable Intermediate Public Transport' from 24 -25 April, 2018 Bangalore, India. This seminar is organized under the EU Switch Asia Project - Switching to Sustainable Auto-Rickshaw System funded by European Union.


Soon, hire electric autos from Metro stations

February 28, 2019 |
February 28, 2019
The Times of India

The Namma Auto project is implemented by four consortium partners — Fondazione Acra (Italy), Enviu Foundation (the Netherlands), Women Health and Development and TERI.

You're smoking, but you don't know it!

February 27, 2019 |
February 27, 2019
Deccan Herald

A study by TERI in 2006 revealed that vehicular pollution is the primary source of the dangerous PM2.5.

Chennai Metro Rail Limited to launch electric auto feeder service today

January 10, 2019 |
January 10, 2019
The Times of India

Chennai Metro Rail Limited will launch an electric auto feeder service in collaboration with TERI. The move is aimed at promoting a greener mode of transport and reduce carbon footprint.

Energy and Resources Institute to showcase project on EVs

December 17, 2018 |
December 17, 2018
Millennium Post

TERI will showcase a project on how Blockchain can be a driver to foster adoption of electric vehicles in the state at the two-day Global Blockchain Congress

Improved inspection and maintenance for vehicles will make our air breathable

November 12, 2018
| Ms Anju Goel
| Mr Jai Kishan Malik
| Hindustan Times

With a 28% share in Delhi's particulate matter concentration during winters, the transport sector also provides a huge scope to introduce targeted interventions to curb air pollution. While the government has tightened emission norms and introduced cleaner fuels, the expected results have not been observed in the city's air quality. Studies have shown that around 60% of vehicular air pollution in India can be attributed to 20% of vehicles, the ones that are poorly-maintained or, simply, old.

India’s leading oil companies must install vapour recovery systems: NGT

October 14, 2018 |
October 14, 2018
Rajya Sabha

India’s National Green Tribunal has told state-controlled oil companies to equip their stations with vapour recovery devices by October 31, in an effort to reduce toxic emissions at fuel stations.


Discussion Paper: Rural Roads and the SDGs

May 8, 2019

All the trends and patterns put together in this paper have long-term implications for incomes and new livelihood opportunities not merely for the farm and off-farm sector but also for a range of people who directly or indirectly depend on the rural road network, and constitute new classes of stakeholders in the network, including industry, service sector, those who access local labour markets, primary producers including mining and quarrying; as well as manufacturers of consumer durables and consumer products.

Estimating vehicular emissions from auto rickshaw plying in Bengaluru

July 11, 2018

The growing vehicular pollution has caused serious health hazard in Indian metropolitan cities, Bengaluru being one of the major victims. There are various reasons accounting for the vehicular emissions. The objective of this research paper is to estimate the vehicular emissions in form of carbon dioxide (CO2), particulate matter 10 (PM10) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emitted by the auto rickshaws plying in Bengaluru city and recommend policy based solution based upon the estimated alternative scenarios.

Designing a Business Model for Sustainable Management of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELVs) in India

March 28, 2017

This policy brief proposes a framework/business model for sustainable management of end-of-life vehicles in India. It not only suggest ways for collection and management of the ELVs, but also outline ways to obtain maximum economic benefits from their recovery, creating social values and preventing environmental degradation along with fulfilling the relevant legislations.

Biofuel Promotion in India for Transport: Exploring the Grey Areas

February 7, 2015

India happens to be the world's fourth largest energy consumer and a consumer of crude and petroleum products after the United States,China, and Japan. The net oil import dependency of India rose from 43 per cent in 1990 to 71 per cent in 2012 that resulted in a huge strain on the current account as well as the government exchequer. Transport sector accounts for the largest share (around 51 per cent) in terms of consumption of petroleum products in India.

Proliferation of Cars in Indian Cities: Let Us Not Ape the West

July 3, 2014

India currently has about 15 million cars, which is equivalent to 13 cars per 1,000 population. While this by itself is not high, it has to be noted that it is a national average and some cities like Delhi, Chennai, and Coimbatore have more than 100 cars per 1,000 population. Different estimates show that the number of cars in India will increase to about 35 cars per 1,000 population by 2025. This would amount to about 45-60 million cars on our roads and in some cities more than 300 cars per 1,000 population.


Area Convenor, Centre for Sustainable Mobility
Senior Director, Sustainable Habitat