TERI: Agents of Change in the Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability Space

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What is TERI?

TERI is a multi-faceted, independent organization with expertise in research, policy, consulting, and implementation. They are trailblazers in the fields of energy, environment, climate change, and sustainability, having pioneered discourse and action in these fields for more than four decades.

Resource efficiency and waste management, are essential for smart, sustainable, and equitable growth. Their work is focused on the following areas:

1) Encouraging resource efficiency

2) Improving access to and use of environmentally friendly inputs and behaviors

3) Reducing the environmental and climate impact

Their research and research-based solutions have had a profound influence on businesses and communities alike. They’ve established a variety of venues and forums to promote worldwide collaboration on sustainability issues. This is accomplished by converting their research into technological products, technical services, policy advising, and outreach.

They have regional centers and campuses in Gurugram, Bengaluru, Guwahati, Mumbai, Panaji, and Nainital, and are headquartered in New Delhi. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, their 1200-plus team of scientists, sociologists, economists, and engineers produces incisive, high-quality action-oriented research and transformational solutions.

Their Mission

TERI’s purpose is to help people transition to a cleaner, more sustainable future by conserving and efficiently using energy and other resources, as well as finding new methods to reduce and reuse trash.

Their Objectives

They achieve their mission by focusing on the following main objectives:

1) Increasing everyone’s access to clean energy

2) Assisting the worldwide shift to renewable energy sources

3) Improve energy efficiency in companies, public utilities, and buildings, in particular.

4) Improving the efficiency of the utilization of resources, particularly iron and cement

5) Improving water conservation, use, and access, including watershed management

6) Enabling ecologically sustainable city planning and governance through green buildings and solid waste, sewage, sanitation, transportation, and air quality management

7) Increasing resistance to the negative effects of climate change, such as cyclones and hydrologic and temperature differences

8) Using new policies and environmental treatment products to accelerate pollution abatement

9) Improving ecological services, particularly in the forestry and biodiversity sectors

10) Developing eco-friendly transportation options

11) Providing excellent planting material, bio-based agricultural inputs, and crop diversity to enable sustainable food production and nutritional security.

12) Developing creative solutions for clean air in cities and across the area

Their Approach

Their four-decade success is the consequence of a variety of strategies:

1) Research and analysis that is interdisciplinary and integrative

2) Making decisions based on evidence and data

3) Moving solutions from the lab to the pilot and field

4) Early business model validation

5) Using new technology and techniques to improve livelihood

6) Policy consultation and advice

7) Influence decisions and customer behavior via education and outreach

8) Stakeholder capacity building and assistance

9) Inter-stakeholder partnerships, both domestically and globally

Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General

Since 1985, Dr. Vibha Dhawan has been a part of The Energy and Resources Institute. From 2005 to 2007, she was the Vice-Chancellor of the TERI School of Advanced Studies. She is a member of India’s National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Dhawan is an active participant in both national and international research and policy development. She serves on task forces for the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), and the Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), among others.

She is now an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University’s Consul General South Asia Partnership. She has served as coordinator for the Asia Pacific Consortium on Agriculture Biotechnology (APCoAB), advisor to the Director-General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT), and Deputy Director, Research Partnerships and Co-ordination with the Borlaug Institute for South Asia. She has served on the boards of prominent Indian and international institutions such as Jawahar Lal Nehru University, Ambedkar University, the Ayurvet Foundation, and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI).

Dr. Dhawan was a key figure in the development of TERI’s very successful Micropropagation Technology Park as a researcher. Her other notable accomplishments include producing e-contents for the University Grants Commission’s post-graduate program in biotechnology. Her most recent study focus has been on biofuels. She is the coordinator of the DBT-TERI Centre for Integrated Production of Advanced Biofuels and Bio commodities at the moment. She was the previous Chief Minister of Assam’s Advisor for Bio-resources and Biotechnology, Tarun Gogoi.

Their Areas of Work

TERI works in the following dimensions to ensure sustainable solutions:

1. Agriculture

2. Climate

3. Energy

4. Environment

5. Habitat

6. Health & Nutrition

Industry Research
Company size 501-1,000 employees
Headquarters New Delhi, Delhi
Type Nonprofit
Founded 1974
Website:  http://www.teriin.org

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