The Energy and Resources Institute
|The Energy and Resources Institute - TERI|
|Type||Non Profit Research Institution|
|Location||New Delhi, Delhi, India|
The Energy and Resources Institute, commonly known as TERI (formerly Tata Energy Research Institute), established in 1974, is a research institute based in New Delhi focusing its research activities in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development. According to Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the International Relations Program, University of Pennsylvania, TERI was ranked 20 in the list of top global think tanks on environment and 16 in top global think tanks on science and technology.
TERI is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute focused on energy, environment and sustainable development, devoted to efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.
The origins of TERI lie in Mithapur, a remote town in Gujarat, where a TATA engineer, Darbari Seth, was concerned about the enormous quantities of energy his factory spent on desalination. He proposed the idea of a research institute to tackle the depletion of natural resources and energy scarcity. J. R. D. Tata, chairman of the TATA Group, liked the idea and accepted the proposal. TERI was set up with a modest corpus of 35 million rupees. On the invitation of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, TERI registered in Delhi in 1974 as the Tata Energy Research Institute. As the scope of its activities widened, it was renamed The Energy and Resources Institute in 2003.
TERI began operations in Mumbai in Bombay House, headquarters of the house of Tata. In 1984, it moved to Delhi. After being shunted from one premise to another, including the India International Centre, TERI moved to the India Habitat Centre. Today TERI has a global presence with many centers in India and abroad.
- Headquarters at the India Habitat Center, New Delhi.
- Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore
- Western Regional Centre, Goa
- North - Eastern Regional Centre, Guwahati
- Himalayan Centre, Mukteshwar
- TERI Mumbai, Navi Mumbai
- TERI Japan, Tokyo
- TERI North America, Washington D.C
- TERI Europe, London
- TERI South East Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
TERI has about 1300 employees, with research professionals from disciplines pertaining to issues of environment and energy. The Institute's Director General Rajendra K. Pachauri is also the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. TERI's Executive Director is Dr Leena Srivastava, who was recognized by the Prime Minister of the French Republic and received the Knight of the Order of Academic Palms in 2007 (Ordre national du Mérite).
TERI welcomes senior and widely experienced professionals and policy makers to join the Institute as "Distinguished Fellows" to add value to the policy work of TERI and to mentor young professionals. Currently the Distinguished Fellows are:
- Ajai Malhotra, a retired diplomat (former Ambasssador to the Russian Federation)
- C Dasgupta, retired diplomat (former Ambassador to China)
- Dr P G Dhar Chakrabarti, a former civil servant who was Secretary of India's Inter-State Council
- Nitin Desai, formerly Chief Economic Adviser to the government of India
- Dr Prodipto Ghosh, former Secretary of the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Government of India
- M M Joshi, a former Indian Air Force officer
- S Vijay Kumar, former Secretary of the Ministry of Mines and of Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India
- Shri Prakash formerly Member(Traffic), Railway Board, Government of India
- K Ramanathan formerly Member( Power Systems), Central Electricity Authority, Government of India,
- Prof. S L Rao, former DG, NCAER
- Prabir Sengupta, former Commerce Secretary and Petroleum Secretary, Government of India
- S Sundar, former Transport Secretary,Government of India
- P R Dasgupta, former Education Secretary and Rural Development Secretary, Government of India
TERI is a leading Indian non-government organization (NGO), a global think tank conducting research and analysis in the genres of energy and environment, is a university with a vast focus, which ranges from micro organisms to global climate change and everything in between. In its 38 years of existence, TERI has completed more than 2600 projects and has about 20 divisions.
Awards and achievements
- Biotechnologists at TERI developed a new technique for the revival of sick oil wells called Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR). It has helped in recovering 5% to 15% of crude oil from the wells that have been declared `sick' after secondary treatment with chemicals that recovers 20% oil.
- TERI Southern Regional Center in Bangalore was awarded Best Energy Auditor and Best Performance Improvement from the Petroleum Conservation Research Association in 2003 and 2004.
- TERI was awarded The Economic Times Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2008-09.
- In 2006, TERI developed a technology to mass-produce a consortium of mycorrhiza bio- fertiliser. The technology is the first of its kind globally. The bio-fertiliser has applications in agriculture, horticulture, economic plantations, forestry and bio-fuels, and enhances nutrition and yield increment up to 50% and curtails chemical fertiliser inputs by 5%.
- TERI in 2003, developed a non-pathogenic pesticide-munching bacteria in the form of a powder that can biodegrade endosulfan, a widely used pesticide.
- While visiting TERI RETREAT in 2003, Prince Charles lauded energy efficient technologies at TERI.
- TERI initiated the Lighting A Billion Lives campaign in 2007 to light energy-starving rural villages.
- By March 2005, TERI's micropropagation technology park had supplied over 14 million plants raised by tissue culture.
- TERI developed Oilzapper, a mix of bacteria that destroys crude oil sludge. More than 30,000 tonnes of soil contaminated with oily sludge have been treated, and more than 5000 hectares of farmland contaminated with oil spills have been reclaimed.
- TERI designed a cylindrical furnace for refining metals called Cupola which has enabled workers in small scale metal foundries literally breathe easy. The Cupola brought down the amount of fine soot and dust in the surrounding air from an average of 2600 micrograms per cubic meter to about 50, and which reduced air-borne sulphur dioxide from 300 micrograms per cubic meter to about 40.
- With the aim to create a common platform for local communities of Supi in Uttarakhand, TERI launched 'Kumaon vani', a community radio service on March 11, 2010. Uttarakhand Governor Margaret Alva inaugurated the community radio station, the first in the state. The 'Kumaon Vani' aims to air programmes on environment, agriculture, culture, weather and education in the local language and with the active participation of the communities. The radio station covers a radius of 10 km reaching out to almost 2000 locals around Mukhteshwar.
TERI conceived GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), the national rating system for green buildings in India. It was developed jointly with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to the Indian government. It is a green building design evaluation system and is suitable for all kinds of buildings in different climatic zones of the country.
For more information visit http://www.grihaindia.org.
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit
The Institute is closely related to the annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) and the pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The DSDS attracts worldwide thinkers and practitioners, coming from governments, business and industries, multilateral and bilateral organizations, research and academia and civil societies. Following this success, TERI has established the World Sustainable Development Forum (WSDF), which aims to emulate the DSDS, applying its talks and research worldwide, to monitor worldwide industrial development associated environment and sustainability analysis, and to provide interesting solutions to local industries and governments, to meet the MDGs.
Sustainable Mining Initiatives
With its broad multi-disciplinary knowledge base of sustainability and resource-use efficiency issues, TERI supports initiatives to create sustainable development frameworks around mining and extractive industries and offers its services as knowledge partner to national and international institutions for holding events , conducting studies and doing policy analysis. It also partners with business and industry associations like CII and ASSOCHAM in India in helping propagate sustainable mining practices.TERI has a multidisciplinary team of professionals in this area and draws on the knowledge and experience of TERI's Distinguished Fellow , S.Vijay Kumar, a former Secretary to India's Ministries of Mines and Rural Development.
Activities in Pakistan
With the aim of creating a 'consensus in Pakistan in favour of a cross-border clean energy movement while at the same time cementing the civil, political and cultural ties between India and Pakistan' TERI in 2012, launched a series of rural energy initiatives in Pakistan. A mini-grid of solar power was set in Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s birthplace, village Gah in Chakwal district of Pakistan’s Punjab. The minigrid supplied power to 51 families in the village and water heaters of three mosques.
In October 2012, TERI launched the clean energy “Lighting a Million Lives” (LaML) campaign in Pakistan in association with Pakistan institutions—LEAD, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) and the Buksh Foundation.
TERI University was established on August 19, 1998, and was recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as a deemed-to-be University in 1999. Set-up as the TERI School of Advanced Studies in 1998, the institution was subsequently renamed TERI University. TERI University is the first of its kind in India to dedicate itself to the study of environment, energy and natural sciences for sustainable development.
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