The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

CCAC Partner since


The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has been a Climate and Clean Air Coalition partner since 2015, working to support effort to reduce short-lived climate pollutants in India.

TERI is an implementer in the Coalition's Municipal Solid Waste Initiative and provides capicity building to cities in the Coalition's Indian cities network. TERI has participated in CCAC funded research on air quality, including on the report, Breathing Cleaner Air, which outlines solutions that can significantly reduce air pollution in Indian cities.

TERI has played an important role in advocating for and formalizing India's National Clean Air Programme (NCAP), which was officially launched in January 2019. Since then, TERI has contributed towards the preparation of national and city air quality management plans in India.

With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, TERI is assisting the Government of India in carrying out different activities listed in the NCAP. TERI is working with cities and State Pollution Control Boards to carry out source apportionment studies and strengthen action plans.

Read more examples of TERI's work to reduce short-lived climate pollutants below.

Message from TERI for the CCAC's 2021 Climate & Clean Air Ministerial
Video: Dr. Vibha Dhawan, Director General of TERI (recorded in 2021) on climate and clean air action.
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Other activities

Air quality

  • TERI is working with the Surat Municipal Corporation and the Gujarat State Pollution Control Board to carry out source apportionment studies and strengthen the action plan for the city of Surat, and with the Bihar State Pollution Control Board to carry out source apportionment studies and strengthen the action plan for the city of Patna.
  • With support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, TERI is working with CPCB and MoEFCC of India to develop the first-ever official estimates of emission inventories for air pollutants in India. The draft report has been submitted and is presently under review.
  • In 2020, as part of a programme supported by the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, TERI has launched the Clean Air Project (CAP India) and is providing technical assistance to the central Government of India.
  • TERI is working with state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra to optimize air quality monitoring networks, derive source contributions of PM and other pollutants for four focus cities (Lucknow, Kanpur, Pune and Nashik) and strengthen clean air action plans. Activities include pilot demonstrations of selected sectoral strategies with high mitigation and replicative potential, customizing and testing of MRV frameworks at state and city level, strengthening technical capacities of stakeholders on air quality measurement and management, and awareness campaigns.
  • TERI is working with IEA to assess co-benefits of key strategies in different sectors in terms of greenhouse gas and air pollutant reductions.
  • In 2020, for the CPCB, TERI developed an air quality forecasting model and a spatial mapping model for the city of Delhi, which can act as early warning and hotspot management tools for air quality management.

Open burning

  • With Kings College London and University of Leicester, and support from UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) through the Global Challenges Research Fund, TERI conducted a study on the role of agricultural burning in India on air pollution in the Indo-gangetic plains. The study concluded that the time-shift in cropping patterns caused by the adoption of ground water policy in 2009 was not the major factor responsible for air quality deterioration and instead it is the growth in agricultural residue volumes and meteorological factors which were more influential.


  • TERI is supporting India's Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in preparing the India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) and is a member of the implementation committees established by MoEFCC for various themes of the plan.
  • TERI initiated the civil-society coalition, SHEETAL. This coalition aims to facilitate the implementation of the ICAP by providing the underpinning analysis in various aspects of cooling and promoting energy efficiency appliances, low-GWP refrigerants and building codes that reduce demand for cooling. 
  • In 2020, TERI released a policy brief on Accelerating the Uptake of Energy-Efficient Air Conditioners in India.


The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) Darbari Seth Block, IHC Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003,India