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  • Engagement Manager, Principal, Sustainability Consulting December 16, 2014
    Company Name: cKinetics.
       Category    Corporate
       Industry    Consulting
       Level    Middle/Senior Management
       Location    New Delhi, India

  • India’s Coastal Cities Must Plan, Implement Climate Risk Management Strategies November 14, 2014

    New Delhi – Coastal cities in India need to plan and implement climate risk management strategies as an integral part of city development to overcome the risks posed by climate change, natural disasters and other extreme events. These were among the findings of three reports released in October at a National Conference on ‘Climate Resilient Coastal Cities’, where participants reinforced the need to generate awareness and initiate dialogue on climate change issues and climate resilience planning of coastal cities in developing countries.

    The newly-released reports include Case Studies on Panaji and Visakhapatnam, and a Working Paper “Planning Climate Resilient Coastal Cities: Learnings from Panaji and Visakhapatnam, India”. The reports focus on the impact of sea level rise and other climate parameters like rainfall and storms on the infrastructure of coastal cities, as an estimated 320 million people in India today live in coastal areas. The conference was organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in association with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

    Coastal Cities in India: Visakhapatnam

    In his video address, Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said, “India’s coastal cities are particularly vulnerable on account of sea level rise as an impact of climate change, as well as the increase in frequency and intensity of climate related extreme events which in recent years have caused substantial damage to life and property. The National Conference on ‘Climate Resilient Coastal Cities’ has focused on the growing need for creating climate resilient coastal cities and steps by which a transformation of current cities in this direction can be achieved.”

    Mr. Vinod C. Menon, Former Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), said, “India’s coastal areas are spread over eight per cent of the geographical area in 84 districts falling within 13 states and Union territories, and accommodating an estimated population of about 320 million people (which roughly accounts to about 40 per cent of the country’s population). In the last 270 years, 21 of the 23 major cyclones with casualty figures of about 10,000 lives or more worldwide occurred mostly in India and Bangladesh, over the area surrounding the Indian subcontinent.”

    “The insights from TERI’s studies on climate resilience in Visakhapatnam and Panaji will help address the threats posed by storm surges, cyclones, cloud bursts, floods, tsunami, climate change and sea level rise, and other hydro-meteorological disasters in the coastal areas, as increasing trends of urbanization are putting high density clusters at risk in the newly-emerging coastal cities in the country,” Menon added.

    The report makes far-reaching recommendations and steps to be undertaken in the areas of ecologically-sensitive zones, solid waste management, heritage and tourism, water supply and sewerage and drainage, and how coastal areas can adopt structural and non-structural measures to deal with the risks posed by climate change.

    Mr. Christopher Evans, Deputy Program Manager, CRIS Program, said, “Climate resilience is an increasingly important requirement for urban infrastructure. Cities face significant challenges in meeting the needs of growing urban populations, and infrastructure investments being made today will last for decades. We need to make sure those investments can endure the impacts of long-term climate change to have a lasting benefit for citizens.”

    As part of its Climate Resilient Infrastructure Services (CRIS) Program under the larger Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) Project, USAID is supporting low-lying and coastal cities in developing countries to increase climate resilience of their infrastructural services. In India, USAID is supporting TERI under the CRIS program in helping the cities of Panaji and Visakhapatnam to plan and implement climate risk management strategies as an integral part of city development.

    The conference enabled the exchange of peer knowledge and dissemination of experiences and learning from the CRIS program as part of the larger CCRD project in India and beyond, as well as to scale up and replicate such initiatives. The conference played host to top policymakers, practitioners, academicians, multilateral/bilateral organizations, stakeholders from Central and State governments, peer organizations, and, networks working in the field of climate resilience and cities.

    Eminent experts who spoke at the conference included Dr. A. S. Unnikrishnan, Scientist, NIO and Author, IPCC, Mr. G. Padmanabhan, Emergency Analyst and Officer in Charge DM Unit, UNDP, Dr. P. K. Mohanty, Professor, Department of Marine Sciences, Berhampur University, and Mr. Md. Sarafat Hossain Khan, Project Director, PMU, Coastal Embankment Improvement Project-I, Bangladesh Water Development Board, Dhaka.

    The speakers analyzed available knowledge on sea level rise and discussed concepts and approaches being tested and applied in various coastal cities to make them climate resilient. A panel discussion, held during the conference, focused on key drivers, including implementation, policy and governance issues in managing built and natural ecosystems in coastal cities in the wake of climate change and sea level rise. A documentary by TERI’s Film and Television Unit on the impacts of climate change on infrastructure and assets in coastal cities was also released on the occasion.


    Check the following link to read/download the Working Paper:


    Source: TERI.


    About TERI

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization deeply committed to every aspect of energy, environment, and sustainable development. From providing environment-friendly solutions to rural energy problems, to helping shape the development of the Indian oil and gas sector; from tackling global climate change issues across many continents to enhancing forest conservation efforts among local communities; from advancing solutions to growing urban transportation and air pollution problems to promoting energy efficiency in Indian industries, the emphasis has always been on finding innovative solutions to make the world a better place to live in. All activities at TERI move from formulating local and national–level strategies to suggesting global solutions tackling critical energy and environment related issues.

    Headed by Dr. R. K. Pachauri, also the chairperson of the Nobel Peace Prize winning climate change body, IPCC, TERI has emerged as an institution of excellence for its path-breaking research, and is a global brand widely respected by political leaders, policy makers, corporate entities as well as the civil society at large. For more information, visit


  • Associate Research Fellow, Research Fellow October 17, 2014
    Company Name: International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
       Category    Research
       Industry    Government
       Level    Middle Management
       Location    New Delhi, India
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  • Programme Officer October 13, 2014
    Company Name: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
       Category    Regulatory
       Industry    Government
       Level    Junior/Middle Management
       Location    Kathmandu, Nepal
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  • Conservation Biologist, GOI-GEF-UNDP India High Range Landscape Project September 16, 2014
    Company Name: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP India).
       Category    Social Sector
       Industry    Government
       Level    Junior/Middle Management
       Location    Munnar / Kottayam, Kerala, India

  • Associate, Green Power Market Development Group-India September 10, 2014
    Company Name: World Resources Institute – India (WRI India).
       Category    Research
       Industry    Environment
       Level    Middle/Senior Management
       Location    Bangalore, India

  • Building REDD+ Expertise to Address Climate Change Challenges September 6, 2014

    NairobiWhile significant efforts are underway to better understand the role that forests play in climate change, the field of study remains relatively new. This is especially true when considering the complex policy, governance and technical requirements associated with managing climate change mitigation services provided by forests.

    Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation while promoting conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancing forest carbon stocks (REDD+) provides an international framework for action.

    Forests. © UN-REDD

    In this context, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN-REDD Programme together with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies have developed a pedagogical guide for REDD+ aimed at university professors and graduate students. The guide may also be useful to a broader audience interested in building capacity, knowledge and awareness on REDD+ and related issues.

    “Forests in a Changing Climate: A Sourcebook for Integrating REDD+ into Academic Programmes” is a comprehensive syllabus for the academic study of REDD+, designed to facilitate the integration of REDD+ concepts and approaches into a multi-disciplinary university programme. The Sourcebook identifies relevant information, tools and experience within the UN-REDD Programme, and seeks to engage universities as strategic partners in REDD+ education, research and outreach.

    The Sourcebook is divided into 12 modules introducing the REDD+ context and the links between forest carbon and climate change, the REDD+ approach and REDD+ readiness process, and technical aspects of REDD+ such as safeguards and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) of forest carbon.

    Together the modules provide background information, case studies, and key questions for discussion along with reference material and tools and methodologies. These can be used to develop university courses, produce lectures, formulate class discussions, and draft assignments and tests.

    The Sourcebook will also be a valuable resource for the members of UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), a partnership of over 430 universities worldwide.

    Building sufficient capacity for REDD+, including research capacity to address gaps and challenges, will be essential if REDD+ is to achieve mitigation, protect forests, and achieve vital social and environmental objectives, including the Sustainable Development Goals.

    The Sourcebook is, in part, a stocktaking of knowledge and initiatives, including ongoing work under the UN-REDD Programme. In presenting the breadth of knowledge on REDD+, the Sourcebook seeks to facilitate the integration of REDD+ into higher education around the world in order to build a more sustainable future.

    “While it is clear that REDD+ is an opportunity to build links between forests and climate change mitigation, achieving success will require contributions from researchers, scholars and students around the world. We have to invest now in building REDD+ expertise through tools such as the Sourcebook for integrating REDD+ into academic programmes,” said Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP

    Mette L. Wilkie, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UNEP, commented, “Tackling the issues of climate change requires a wide array of expertise and innovative ideas as well as an understanding of both the policy elements and the scientific facts related to the most challenging phenomenon of our time.”


    Check the following link to read/download the Sourcebook:


    Source: UNEP.


  • India’s Burgeoning Solar & Wind Energy Markets to Boost Employment August 30, 2014
    Wind Turbines in Maharashtra, India

    Wind Turbines on the outskirts of the town of Jath in the State of Maharashtra, India. © Bhaskar Deol / NRDC

    New DelhiMr. Suresh P. Prabhu, Head of the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, and former Union Minister, released a series of reports on Renewable Energy Jobs and Finance published by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) in New Delhi on August 25.

    These reports are the first independent, external analysis of the employment opportunities for India’s solar energy and wind energy markets and draw from extensive discussions with stakeholders, and research and analysis of national, state and international programs. The reports also include an assessment of domestic and international opportunities to fund clean energy in India.

    According to NRDC-CEEW analysis, India’s solar and wind programs have catalysed rapid growth providing much needed energy access, creating employment opportunities for India’s workforce. The analysis also finds that deployment of innovative financing solutions is needed in order to scale India’s renewable energy markets and create wide-spread job creation.

    “Energy access and clean energy development is a national priority,” said Mr. Prabhu while delivering the keynote address, “Solar and wind energy provides a tremendous opportunity to provide light to Indian homes and jobs to local communities.”

    The Indian solar industry has been maturing at a rapid pace, growing more than a hundredfold in four years to reach over 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity in 2014. India is the world’s 5th largest wind energy producer, with over 20 GW of installed capacity.

    Key findings from the NRDC-CEEW reports are as follows:

    Key Findings and Recommendations from Renewable Energy Jobs in India

    • Solar photovoltaic (PV) projects commissioned in India between 2011 and 2014 created approximately 24,000 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs: smaller projects up to 5 MW in size may provide the most employment opportunities per MW
    • Along with various estimates of job creation in the wind sector, grid-connected renewable energy is estimated to have created nearly 70,000 FTE jobs in India so far
    • Majority of jobs created by solar PV plants are generated during construction and commissioning: in case of Kiran Energy’s 20 MW Solar Plant in Rajasthan, 180 FTE jobs were created during the first year
    • Local communities are the main beneficiaries of employment of wind power projects during the operations and maintenance phase: out of a total of 438 FTE jobs created by the Gamesa-Renew Power 85 MW wind power project in Maharashtra, 1/5th of the jobs were generated for locals in semi-skilled and unskilled roles
    • Solar and wind companies must demonstrate greater transparency on jobs data: this will aid business and policy makers to formulate better policies and programs; and showcase the importance of renewable energy to the local economy
    • Rooftop solar PV presents a viable alternative to diesel backup power for companies. It also generates local skilled employment. Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, have already installed a 80 kW rooftop PV project in Haryana, and looking to add solar PV to other manufacturing facilities

    Key Findings and Recommendations for Renewable Energy Finance in India

    • Use generation based incentives and penalties in combination with any form of viability gap or tax related capital subsidies
    • Indian government should boost financing for renewable energy projects by improving access to low cost finance, using diverse financial mechanisms such as infrastructure debt funds, priority sector lending, green bonds and tax incentives (such as accelerated depreciation and tradable tax certificates)
    • Enhance investors’ confidence in renewable energy by strict enforcement of Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPOs) and nurturing the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) market
    • Consider developing a green bank and green bonds (capitalised through the National Clean Energy Fund, issued by the central or state governments) to leverage more private investment in renewable energy

    “Clean energy development is vital to economic growth in India,” said Anjali Jaiswal, Director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s India Initiative. “While the National Solar Mission and the proposed National Wind Mission still face significant hurdles, India has already made important strides to attract new domestic and international players into the market and generate local jobs.”

    Dr Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of CEEW, an independent think-tank, added, “As nations race to become clean energy leaders, governments around the world will be closely following the progress of India’s renewable energy revolution. It is essential that the Indian government adapts its strategy to boost confidence in projects and spur investment from a variety of funding sources and financial institutions.”


    For full reports and issue papers, visit:


    Source: NRDC.


    About NRDC

    The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international non-profit environmental organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists. Since 1970, their lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. For more information, visit

    About CEEW

    The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) is an independent, not-for-profit policy research institution in India, chaired by former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu. CEEW addresses pressing global challenges through an integrated and internationally focused approach. It does so through high quality research, partnerships with public and private institutions, and engagement with and outreach to the wider public. The International Centre for Climate Governance has ranked CEEW as India’s top climate change think-tank two years in a row. In 2014, the Global Go To Think Tank Index ranked CEEW 1st in India in three categories. For more information, visit


  • Pollution from Industrial Sites Affecting Health of Delhi Residents August 25, 2014

    New Delhi, India – Polluting industrial sites dot the entire city and are probably putting Delhites at a huge health risk, points out the latest Toxics Link study “On the Edge – Potential Hotspots in Delhi” released on august 12.

    18 sites were identified as potential ‘hotspots’ in this first-of-its-kind study in Delhi, mapping the city’s polluting centres. These sites are regularly contaminating the city’s environment by releasing toxic pollutants and thereby creating health concerns. Notably, Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Pollution is a key health determinant, and according to World Health Organization (WHO), about a quarter of all diseases are caused due to prolonged exposure to environmental pollution.

    Industrial Pollution in India © MoEF

    51 sites, located in and near national capital Delhi, were examined during this study on parameters such as: industrial processes, use of chemicals, discharge and emissions, disposal methods, and occupational health & safety. Most of them were found to harbour unauthorized industrial activities and were in or close to residential areas. 18 of these sites – which spread from Samaypur and Badli in the north to Mayapuri and Okhla in the south; and Nazafgarh in the northwest to Mandoli in east – failed on most parameters and were found to be causing unacceptable environmental impacts. The findings at these sites made Toxics Link researchers aptly call them the “potential hotspots”.

    “As per the Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021, all polluting industries need to be shifted out of Delhi by 2021. Though a lot of efforts have been made but the problem persists. In 2011, MCD was supposed to close down around 22,000 industrial units, but not much seems to have been done,” says Satish Sinha, Associate Director, Toxics Link.

    Many of the hotspots were engaged in illegal operations such as lead acid battery recycling, pickling and e-waste recycling, and were found to be releasing acids, emitting toxic fumes of lead, mercury, etc. Units with hazardous activities like CFL processing, textile dyeing, metal works, etc., also dotted these potential hotspots in the city. Thousands of workers were employed in the units, which had no occupational safety norms or standards.

    “The hotspots are spread across Delhi; and the toxic releases could be gradually poisoning the entire city inhabitants,” says Priti Mahesh, Chief Program Coordinator, Toxics Link. “Most of the times, the diseases caused by such environmental pollution remain undetected – resulting in much greater damage to the body,” she adds.

    One of the potential hotspots, Prem Nagar, near Mandoli, has close to 110 illegal lead acid battery recycling units. These illegal units use coal to fuel crude furnaces, and recover lead in a rudimentary manner. During recycling process, lead fumes and ash are released, thereby contaminating the air and soil and also putting the workers at risk.

    Wazirpur has been identified as one of the city’s dirtiest areas by the researchers. It has around 1,200 small units, a large number of them involved in pickling, classified as hazardous industrial activity and not allowed within the city limits. (Pickling is a treatment for metal surfaces used to remove impurities such as stains, inorganic contaminants, rust or scale from ferrous metals, copper, and aluminium alloys). Concentrated acids are used in the pickling units that are not adequately ventilated – leading to acid fumes in the work spaces. This increases the risk of respiratory illness among workers. Used acid is ultimately discharged into water bodies or soil, without any environmental safeguards.

    Prem Nagar and Wazirpur areas are just two among the many frontline polluters. The three landfills in the city are also loaded beyond their capacity and there has been no effort to control the leachate, which might be causing grave concerns in the nearby settlements. Besides, there are several “legacy sites” that are not currently operational, but the waste deposits or contamination of past might be a cause for concern, as no remediation measures have been taken till date.

    India has enacted several laws to safeguard environment but they have not been implemented strictly.

    “Thousands of small and medium polluting enterprises, recycling units, unorganized markets exist in the state, whose activities are very polluting,” says Ravi Agarwal, Director, Toxics Link. He adds, “Unless we start addressing these concerns, we might be putting Delhi on the brink of an environmental disaster.”

    This is the first time any report has done exhaustive mapping of Delhi’s polluting units. Such hotspots probably exist all over the country. More such studies need to be undertaken in other cities – as most of them currently are, or will be, facing similar challenges in the future.

    Facts at a Glance:

    • This is the first-of-its-kind study undertaken to map Delhi’s polluting centres.
    • 18 out of 51 sites reviewed in the study were identified as ‘potential hotspots’ and were spread all across the city.
    • Some of these critical sites are Wazirpur, Mandoli, Old Seelampur, Anand Parvat, Moti Nagar and Mayapuri. (Full list in the report)
    • Hazardous activities like lead acid battery recycling, pickling, CFL processing, etc., are carried out in these areas. Toxic chemicals and acids are routinely released thereby contaminating the environment.
    • Most workers face occupational health risks and are unaware about the hazards involved.
    • All of these hotspots are located in and around residential areas, thereby increasing the risk of exposure to general public.


    Check the following link to read/download the Full Report:


    Source: Toxics Link.


    About Toxics Link 

    Toxics Link is an environmental research and advocacy organization set up in 1996 by The Just Environment Charitable Trust. It lays a special emphasis on reaching out to numerous grassroots groups; community based organizations and the public at large through its empirical study-based information on environmental issues. Toxics Link works closely with all other stakeholders working on similar issues and has played a seminal role in facilitating the development of several common platforms for them on the national, regional as well as international levels. Toxics Link works in the area of Community and Waste, Toxics-free Health Care, Clean Industry, Chemicals & Health and Information & Communication. It is based in New Delhi and has nodal offices in Kolkata in West Bengal. For more information, visit


  • TERI and USGBC Join Forces to Promote High Performance Buildings in India August 14, 2014

    New DelhiThe Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced in July a strategic collaboration to accelerate the development of high performance buildings in India and Southeast Asia.

    Developing a sustainable approach to the built environment is not only a global issue, but also a major concern for developing countries. TERI’s GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) and USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have partnered to promote the best of global and Indian practices to ensure efficiency of design, construction and operation of high performance buildings. GRIHA has created locally relevant and technologically advanced mechanisms, which is crucial in regionalizing LEED in India and Southeast Asia.

    Dr. R. K. Pachauri and Mr. Mahesh Ramanujam

    Dr. R. K. Pachauri, DG, TERI and Mr. Mahesh Ramanujam, COO, USGBC at MoU signing on July 7, 2014, at New Delhi. © TERI

    Speaking at the event, Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Director-General, TERI, said, “Several studies have estimated that most of the buildings projected to be standing in 2030 in India have yet to be built. The demand for energy, water and other inputs for these buildings and those that already exist will be staggering. Designing and constructing ‘green’ buildings would ensure that India, and the world, do not get locked into a pattern of resource use intensity that would be unsustainable for a variety of reasons. TERI and USGBC share common goals in promoting green buildings round the world.”

    “Implementing a more sustainable approach to the built environment is a global imperative, but nowhere is its impact more critical than in developing countries. This partnership between USGBC and TERI promises to take green buildings to the next level in India and across Southeast Asia,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “India is already the third largest market for LEED outside the U.S., and USGBC is committed to bringing our resources to advance more rapid adoption of green building practices.”

    The partnership will focus on two key initiatives:

    1. Existing Buildings: The GRIHA Council implementing and supporting the LEED for Existing Buildings rating system and the LEED Dynamic Plaque for Indian and Southeast Asian markets.
    2. New Buildings: Offering seamless pathways for dual ratings for new buildings: GRIHA projects will have the opportunity to earn LEED certification and LEED buildings will have the opportunity to earn GRIHA certification.

    The partnership comes on the heels of last month’s announcement from USGBC regarding its expansion of support for LEED in India.

    “GRIHA has pioneered a regional rating system that addresses the environmental impacts of the construction sector in India. It was further modified and adopted by the Ministry as a benchmark for sustainable buildings within India. We applaud these extraordinary achievements and greatly look forward to advancing this regional system with our global rating system as both parties seek to transform the built environment into one that includes the most sustainable, safest and healthiest buildings for all,” said Scot Horst, Senior Vice President, LEED, USGBC.

    USGBC has also established a LEED customer service hub in India that will help accelerate the adoption of LEED in India. The LEED hub is a local technical, market, certification and customer support center for LEED project teams.

    Additionally, in an effort to continue strengthening the global consistency and review quality of the LEED rating system, the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) now manages certification of projects to all LEED rating systems in India. The LEED hub, USGBC’s renewed commitment to India, along with the strategic partnership with TERI, will add significant capacity in the market, encouraging even greater adoption of green standards across more populations in the region.

    LEED v4, offered by USGBC and SVA GRIHA, GRIHA LD, which is offered by The GRIHA Council, will continue to co-exist and be promoted by the respective bodies.


    Source: TERI & USGBC.


    About TERI

    The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) is a leading Indian non-government organisation (NGO), a global thinktank conducting research and analysis in the genres of energy, environment, and sustainable development. TERI conceived GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), the national rating system for green buildings in India. 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 and

    About USGBC

    U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit


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