The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), an autonomous, not-for-profit research and consultancy organization was established in 1974. Major work in the institute deals in the area of effective management of natural resources, environmental pollution studies, sustainable development, climate change studies, energy security, policy making and analysis, information technology, social transformation and action oriented interventions. The genesis of these activities lay in TERI’s firm belief that sustainable use of resources would move the process of development towards the goal of sustainability. TERI’s growing credentials, nationally as well as internationally, continue to attract talents from the best institutions across the world. TERI is the largest developing-country institution, having more than 850 professionals, working to move human society towards a sustainable future. It has a multi-disciplinary, well-qualified and experienced team of professionals with background in environmental and natural resource management, environmental impact assessment of developmental activities, community resource development, gender issues, rural sociology, ecology, conservation biology, biodiversity, silviculture, social sciences, forest economics, soil sciences, GIS, horticulture, agro forestry and rural energy. Therefore, teams are drawn up in accordance with the specific needs of the clients, representing a flexibility of approach and providing for the inputs of diverse resource specialists.
TERI has established regional centres in Bangalore, Goa, and Guwahati, and a presence in Germany, Japan, Russia, and United Arab Emirates. It has also set up affiliate institutes: TERI-NA (The Energy and Resources Institute, North America) Washington, DC, USA, and TERI-Europe, London, UK. TERI lays great emphasis on training, capacity building, and education. In 1999, it set up the TERI University, recognized as a deemed university by the University Grants Commission.