Ministry sets up panel for power reforms

07 Feb 2013
| The Financial Express

The power ministry has set up an advisory committee - comprising head honchos of key public and private sector power companies, chiefs of leading banks as well as industry experts, heads of industry associations and non-government organizations - to discuss issues relating to the sector and suggest reforms. Members of the panel include Dr R K Pachauri (TERI), Mr Vinayak Chatterjee (Feedback Ventures), Mr Vivek Pandit (McKinsey and Co), Mr Cyrus Mistry (Tata Power), Mr Anil Ambani (Reliance

Goa must check tourists harming environment: Pachauri

03 Feb 2013
| Newstrack India

Goa has to enforce the rule of law especially to preserve its eco-system from the rapacious hordes of tourists who hit its shores by hundreds of thousands annually, Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI said. Dr Pachauri was speaking in the capital as part of a state sponsored lecture series.

6th D D Kosambi Festival of ideas: There should be structural and infrastructural changes in our economy, says Pachauri

03 Feb 2013
| The Navhind Times

Goa has a wealth of biodiversity, but at the same time it is very fragile, stated Dr R K Pachauri, Director General of TERI and added that due to tourism, which results in floating population, there is no sense of belonging and it is getting diluted. So, there is a huge responsibility on the state governance to see that tourism does not result in further damage to environment, Dr Pachauri said while speaking on the second day of 6th D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas at Kala Academy, Panaji, Goa

Sustainability isn't going to happen just by talking about it

03 Feb 2013
| The Hindu

"We will have to pay for sustainability. It isn't going to happen just by talking about it," said Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, providing the finishing touches at the valedictory session of the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized by TERI.

New green building rating to be introduced

02 Feb 2013
| The Times of India

The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation will introduce a new green building rating system wherein a building constructed on plot area below 2500 sq m can obtain the rating. The standing committee has approved a resolution to start the system. The resolution stated that the civic body had started the system of green rating for integrated habitat assessment (GRIHA) in the municipal limits to promote construction of green buildings on plots which have an area of more than 2500 sq m.

How to make individual mobility low-carbon and sustainable?

02 Feb 2013
| The Hindu

The need to provide an overlap between individual mobility and public transport becomes imperative in a context where individual mobility leads to greater congestion, lower speed and increased land use, said Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI. Individual mobility is going to change, especially in countries such as India. For every 1000 people here, we only have 10 passenger cars - which is very low in comparison to Thailand and Germany, said Union Ministry of Heavy Industries &

Woman empowerment crucial to sustainable development

01 Feb 2013
| The Hindu

Women's empowerment and their economic contributions is a crucial link in achieving the sustainable development goals, said former Finland President Ms Tarja Halonen. Ms Halonen was speaking at the 13th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organized by TERI, where she highlighted the role of the consumption patterns of "half the world's population".

Environment protection not a zero-sum game

01 Feb 2013
| Business Standard

Amid the green versus industry debate, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said protection of environment and promoting development need not amount to a "zero sum game" and called for transparent regulatory regimes to pursue environmental and economic objectives in tandem. Addressing the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit organized by TERI on the theme Global Challenge of Resource Efficient Growth and Development, Dr Singh said that regulatory regimes are often the basic necessary condition

PM for transparent regulatory regime to meet environment goals

01 Feb 2013
| The Indian Express

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has pitched for transparent regulatory regimes to ensure that environmental and economic objectives are pursued in tandem. Stressing that protection of the environment and promoting development need not amount to a zero sum game, Dr Singh said what is required is regulatory regimes that are transparent, accountable and subject to oversight and monitoring. Dr Singh was inaugurating the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) organized by TERI.

Fossil fuels should be priced more than renewable energy

24 Jan 2013
| The Hindu Business Line

Hiking the price of fossil fuels to provide for environmental costs will be an "effective signal for non-conventional options and alternatives," according to Dr R K Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-General, TERI. Carbon pricing of fossil fuels which are a major source of greenhouse gases that cause global warming is needed to discourage carbon intensive fuels. This will drive up the costs of conventional sources of energy and encourage development of

Green buildings likely to get more FARs

23 Jan 2013
| The Times of India

Following a recent announcement by the lieutenant governor of Delhi, green structures in the capital may be allowed a larger floor area ratio (FAR) compared to conventional buildings. Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC) has also recently recommended to the urban development ministry that the FAR for green buildings be increased by 1%. The green rating for integrated habitat assessment (GRIHA) has become almost obligatory now so it should not be difficult to shift to green architecture, said

Indian agri scientists expand mycorrhiza tech by integrating it with seed coating

09 Jan 2013
| The Tribune

Going a step further, Indian scientists have extended the mycorrhiza technology by integrating it with seed coating. TERI has developed mycorrhiza-coated seeds to enhance yield and reduce chemical fertilizer use, which can prove to be especially beneficial for farmers of Punjab and Haryana struggling with deteriorating soil health and stagnant yields.