12 Jul 2013 11:19

KOLKATA (West Bengal) July 11 (Bernama) -- New Delhi-based The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has been ranked first in the International Centre for Climate Governance (ICCG) global ratings for the most influential institution working in the field of climate change, economics and policy.

"It's particularly relevant and a matter of a great pride for India to see that TERI has been ranked right at the top in ICCG climate think tank ranking," Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted TERI director general Dr R K Pachauri saying in a statement.

The global rankings by ICCG included think tanks working in the field of climate change, policy and economics with headquarters outside the European Union.

The think tanks were assessed on the basis of five indicators: events, authors in IPCC reports, UNFCCC submissions, articles in peer-reviewed journals, and non-peer reviewed publications.

TERI is an independent, not-for-profit research institute focusing on energy, environment and sustainable development. Other institutions that made it to ICCG's list include the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, Woods Hole Research Centre, Resources for the Future and Princeton Environmental Institute.

Pachauri, an eminent environmentalist and Nobel Peace prize winner, said actions to combat climate change need to be guided by extensive research, climate modelling capabilities and assessments of economically viable and technologically feasible solutions.