The year will go out as the time ‘normalcy’, as we knew it, made a bid to return to our lives. As life and work slowly slid into the normal, at TERI the focus was on seizing the moment and making up for lost time. The organization hosted dignitaries from across the globe, forged partnerships with international and national entities for research, made its presence felt on global platforms and was recognized for its incisive work.
Here is 2022 at TERI in a nutshell:
TERI’s annual flagship event, The World Sustainability Development Summit 2022, held on the theme of ‘Towards a Resilient Planet: Ensuring a Sustainable and Equitable Future’ was inaugurated by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. The summit, attended by heads of State and government, ministers and delegates from 143 countries, sought to reinforce commitment at all levels to enhance ambition and action to create a more sustainable and equitable world for present and future generations.
TERI and ASEAN Centre for Energy, in association with The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of External Affairs, hosted the two-day virtual conference where dignitaries from India and ASEAN member countries held critical discussions on renewable energy technology, policy, and regulatory frameworks on renewable energy deployment.
On TERI’s Founders' Day, dignitaries, members of TERI Governing Council, and colleagues paid homage to the organization's cherished founders at two separate events - The 21st Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture and the First Rajendra Kumar Pachauri Remembrance Event.
The 14th edition of the GRIHA Summit on ‘Towards Net Positive Habitats’ had experts and speakers deliberate on issues related to the building and other allied sectors such as mobility, urban services, electricity services, and waste management to help steer India’s climate actions towards net-zero emission pathways.
The first edition of Water Sustainability Awards 2021-22, had stakeholders including individuals, civil society organizations, and industries leading the local movement for the Sustainable Development Goal on Water in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way, being felicitated.
TERI was an integral part of the global deliberations on climate change – COP27 held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The organization was part of multiple events curated to brainstorm on climate ambitions and global partnerships, localizing climate action and evolving long-term strategies on adaptation, and being a significant voice from the Global South on critical areas of concern outlined in the agenda for COP27.
Dr Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI will be chairing the G20's Think 20 Task Force 4 on 'Refuelling Growth: Clean Energy and Green Transitions', while Dr Shailly Kedia, Senior Fellow and Associate Director, TERI, will co-chair the G20's Think 20 Task Force 3 on 'LiFE, Resilience & Values for Wellbeing'. TERI is also a Knowledge Partner for the Circular Bioeconomy theme of the Environment, Climate and Sustainability Working Group of the Sherpa track.
TERI organized multiple sessions at World Urban Forum’s 11th edition in Katowice, Poland. As part of the Indian pavillion, TERI headed diverse panel discussions and interactive launch events covering themes of climate-resilient cities, green buildings, sustainable transport and other cutting-edge approaches towards building sustainable cities.
The President of the European Commission, HE Ursula von der Leyen, visited TERI’s field station- TERI Gram and held discussions with young scholars and students on the seismic shift needed towards sustainable living.
The UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP27, HE Dr Mahmoud Mohieldin and HE Mr Wael Mohamed Awad Hamed Ambassador, Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt, visited TERI’s field campus at Gwal Pahari.
With four of the five clean energy transition goals announced by India at Glasgow set for 2030, TERI released a roadmap charting the feasible pathways to achieving the ambitious decarbonisation targets.
The TERI report developed with the Innovation Network and the Netherland Embassy highlights the current and future scenario of generation, supply, storage, and demand for hydrogen in India.
TERI launched the SNAPFI study on 'Financing Low Carbon Transition in India's MSME Sector' as part of a multi-country project- Strengthen National Climate Policy Implementation: Comparative Empirical Learning and Creating Linkage to Climate Finance (SNAPFI) bringing out key recommendations to tackle India's MSME sector's financial challenges and facilitate its low carbon transition.
A life cycle assessment (LCA) to analyse the environmental performance of single-use packaging products was done by TERI. The assessment compares small-to-medium size aluminium cans and bottles to other available alternative packaging options in the Indian market such as PET bottles, glass bottles, and multi-layer packaging beverage cartons.
The Act4Earth initiative was launched at the valedictory session of WSDS 2022 and seeks to build on the discussions of the Summit with the aim to engage with stakeholders from public and private spheres of life with agendas for global, regional, national, sub-national and organizational levels.
In its first year of conception, four policy briefs were launched under the initiative of which two were launched at COP27:
Inclusive Energy Transitions: Messages for the G20 Forum - Drawing from the experiences of sectors such as agriculture, MSMEs, and transport in G20 countries, the policy brief makes the case for inclusive clean energy transitions from the demand side perspective.
Road to Sharm el-Sheikh: Towards Equity and Climate Justice - The policy brief covers the four key climate negotiation themes related to COP27 and beyond including the global goal on adaptation, loss and damage, climate finance, and the global stocktake.
Internationalizing Lifestyles for Environment: Messages for G20 - The policy brief underscores the need to internationalize Lifestyle for Environment (LiFE) to emphasize the imperativeness of sustainable consumption especially in G20 countries and the European Union.
TERI’s report on ‘Achieving Green Steel: Roadmap to a Net Zero Steel Sector in India’ provides a roadmap to the short-term (2020-2030), and long-term (2030 onwards) actions required to achieve net-zero emissions for the steel sector by 2070.
TERI, in collaboration with, the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) developed a ‘Green Budgeting’ portal to serve as a one-stop shop for information on the concept, rationale and processes involved in green budgeting and enhance the awareness and understanding of green budgeting among stakeholders.
In a move to steer India’s shipping industry towards carbon neutrality and circular economy, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways signed a Memorandum of Association with TERI to set up the country’s first National Centre of Excellence in Green Port and Shipping.
The World Economic Forum chose TERI as one of the 13 innovative organizations working to conserve and restore India’s forest landscapes. Its patented and innovative mycorrhizal technology that acts as a biofertilizer and aids the restoration of abandoned fly ash ponds, chlor-alkali ash dumps and land loaded with distillery effluents won the recognition.
TERI’s Advanced Oxidation Technology TADOX® for wastewater treatment and reuse was the winning entry under the ‘Innovations in Water Technology’ category of the prestigious FICCI Water Awards 2022.
TERI’s work on CSR and Sustainability has been recognised with the ‘National Awards for Best Overall Excellence in CSR and Sustainability’ by The Economic Times. The award recognises TERI’s work with stakeholders for a sustainable future.
To make communication around climate change and sustainable development lucid and accessible, TERI has launched its monthly podcast- The Earth Pod from TERI to steer conversations on issues related to climate change, energy transitions, and environment-friendly growth.