International Solar Alliance (ISA) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Two popular organisations based in India that work for addressing climate change are the International Solar Alliance, and The Energy and Resources Institute. Here is some brief information about them.

The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) 

  • It is a research institute based in Delhi.
    • It was formerly called Tata Energy and Resource Institute.
  • Activities
    • World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is the flagship event of TERI.
    • LabL (Lighting a Billion Lives) – An initiative to provide clean lighting solutions to bottom of the pyramid communities.
  • More
    • USERS rating – Urban Services Environmental Rating System – to promote greener urban services solutions in urban India. This project is supported by UNDP (UN Development Programme) and MoEFCC (Ministry of Environment Forest, and Climate Change).
    • GRIHA – green buildings rating – to promote energy saving solutions – in association with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • Publications
    • TerraGreen monthly magazine.

International Solar Alliance (ISA) 

  • It is an alliance of sunshine countries (mostly located between the two tropics) that promotes efficient utilisation of solar energy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
  • Headquarters: Gurugram, Haryana, India. ISA is the first inter-governmental global organisation to be permanently headquartered in India.
  • It was jointly launched by India and France on the sidelines of Conference Of Parties 21 in Paris in 2015. It has become a treaty-based global entity. Its membership includes all members of UN. 1st conference of ISA was held in 2018 in India.
  • CRMM – Common Risk Mitigating Mechanism
    • A pooled insurance – to protect the investments in renewable energy projects.
    • Developed by The Council on Energy, Environment and Water, Terawatt Initiative, and The Currency Exchange (TCX) Fund.

More related info:

Terawatt Initiative is a global initiative that calls for additional 1000 GW of solar power capacity by 2030 and mobilisation of over USD 1 trillion by 2030 for this.

Under2 Coalition is a MoU by subnational governments to reduce their GHG emissions towards net zero by 2050.

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