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The Energy and Resources Institute - TERI
India Habitat Centre (IHC), Lodhi Road, New Delhi, where TERI Headquarters is housed
Established 1974
Type Non Profit Research Institution
Location New Delhi, Delhi, India
Acronym TERI

The Energy and Resources Institute, also known as TERI (formerly Tata Energy Research Institute), established in 1974, is a research institute based in New Delhi that conducts research work in the fields of energy, environment and sustainable development with a focus on formulating local- and national-level strategies for shaping global solutions to critical issues.

In 2013, the institute was ranked as the topmost global think-tank by the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG)[1]


Bombay House the head office of Tata Group from where TERI started operations

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.[2] 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.[3] On the invitation of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, TERI registered in Delhi in 1974 as the Tata Energy Research Institute.[4] As the scope of its activities widened, it was renamed The Energy and Resources Institute in 2003.[5]


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.[6]

In October 2011, Princess Máxima of the Netherlands opened the European headquarters of TERI in Utrecht.[8]


Rajendra K. Pachauri, Director General

TERI has over 1200 employees, with research professionals from disciplines pertaining to issues of environment and energy.[9] The Institute's Director General is Rajendra K. Pachauri. He was also chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.[10] TERI's Executive Director is Dr Leena Srivastava. She 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).[11]


The scope of the organisation’s activities is varied and spans across various fields such as climate change, energy efficiency, renewable energy, biotechnology, and social transformation. During its 41 years of existence, TERI has completed more than 3,500 projects.[12]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • TERI ranked 20 in the list of top global think tanks according to a survey conducted by Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of University of Pennsylvania, Brookings Institution[13]
  • Strategic Partner Award awarded to TERI on November 4, 2014 by Deakin University for growing the research development strategy in India.[14]
  • TERI was awarded EDF Pulse Award in Paris by the Chairman of EDF Mr Henri Proglio on 30 April 2014, which recognizes ingenious efforts towards providing access to electricity.[15]
  • TERI's community radio service Kumaon Vani received an award from the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) at National Community Radio Sammelan held on March 21, 2014.[16]
  • TERI's film, The 'Flight' and 'Are we ready to dig in?' won awards at the CMS Vatavaran 2014 on 2 February 2014.[17]
  • TERI was awarded the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project of Year (2013) award in the NGO category for LaBL project.[18]
  • 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.[19]
  • TERI was awarded The Economic Times Corporate Citizen of the Year in 2008-09.[20]


TERI conceived GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), the national rating system for green buildings in India.[21] 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.

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit[edit]

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[edit]

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 Confederation of Indian Industry [22] to help propagate sustainable mining practices.

Activities in Pakistan[edit]

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.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25]

TERI University[edit]

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.[26][27] Set-up as the TERI School of Advanced Studies in 1998, the institution was subsequently renamed TERI University.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TERI tops global climate think-tank list". Zee News. July 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Championing the green alternative". Economic Times. 2 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture 2006" (PDF). February 2013. 
  4. ^ ["" "ENVIS Centre on "Renewable Energy and Environment""] (PDF). 
  5. ^ "Teri Stays Teri, But Says Ta-Ta To Tata". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  6. ^ "Location and Linkages - TERI". November 15, 2014. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Asia - Research - Universiteit Utrecht". 2011-10-05. 
  9. ^ "Our People - TERI". 
  10. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 2007". 
  11. ^ "TERI receives second Knighthood Honour from French government". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  12. ^ "Introducing TERI 2013" (PDF). India Smart Grid. November 23, 2013. 
  13. ^ "5 Indian thinktanks in world’s top 150". Times of India. January 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Deakin marks 20-year India milestone". Deakin University, Australia. November 26, 2014. 
  16. ^ "National Community Radio Awards 2014 presented". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. March 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "7th CMS VATAVARAN Environment and Wildlife Film Festival and Forum 2013". CMS Vatavaran. February 2, 2014. 
  18. ^ "PMI’s Prestigious Project Management Award 2013" (PDF). PMI awards. September 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ "TERI bags two awards". The Hindu (Chennai, India). February 9, 2005. 
  20. ^ "Features". The Times Of India. August 25, 2009. 
  21. ^ Business Standard (2007-11-01). "TERI launches rating system for 'green' buildings". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  22. ^ "Mining Industry will be a Thriving Industry". CII. June 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ Our Bureau. "Business Line : Industry & Economy News : TERI to help light up villages in Pakistan". The Hindu Business Line. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  24. ^ "TERI brings solar power to Manmohan’s village in Pak". Indian Express. 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  25. ^ Sujay Mehdudia (2012-10-10). "Sci-Tech / Energy & Environment : ‘Lighting a Million Lives’ campaign to be launched in Pakistan on October 12". The Hindu. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  26. ^ "Global Development Network". Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  27. ^ "List of UGC Recognized University in NCT of Delhi" (PDF). 
  28. ^ "University status for TERI School". 

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