Country Profiles

India Council for Sustainable Development 

The Energy and Resources Institute 


Name: Ms. Nisha Sunil

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Phone: +91 (11) 2468 2100


TERI, Darbari Seth Block,

IHC Complex

Lodhi Road. New Delhi- 110003



Mission Statement

The Council ‘seeks to further fortify cooperation and exchange between India and the international community in the field of environment and development, with the broad objectives of:

  • assessing the challenge of integrating environmental issues with development strategies, in order to establish a pattern of sustainable development in India;
  • formulating strategies and directions, which would be provided as recommendations and advise to various levels and agencies of the Government of India; and
  • disseminating and publishing infomration on issues linking the environment and development in India and practices to promote sustainable development.'

Composition and Membership 

Chairs: Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director- Earth Institute & Special Advisor to the Secretary- General of the United Nations; and Dr R K Pachauri, Director-General, TERI & Chairman, IPCC.

Patron: Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Government of India (enabling the work of the Council to feed into the plans and development strategies of the Government of India).

The Council comprises leaders in government, industry and academia from both India and overseas. The members are chosen ‘on account of eminence, to reflect the wisdom of leaders from all fields’.

TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) provides Secretariat support to the Council on an ongoing basis and produces work ‘under the aegis’ of the Council, seeking opinion from Council members on any specific topic.

Role and Functions

  • advising on government policy or making policy recommendations, including NSDS;
  • stakeholder engagement.

Recent Activities

The ‘GREEN India 2047’ study series

In 1997, TERI undertook a major study called the GREEN India 2047 (GREEN – Growth with Resource Enhancement of Environment and Nature), with the objective to determine and quantify the extent of damage to India’s natural resource base, which accompanied economic growth during the first 50 years of independence (1947–97). The results of this study were documented in a publication titled ‘looking back to think ahead’. This study was followed by a ‘think ahead’ component, documented in the form of DISHA for sustainable development (DISHA – Directions, Innovations, and Strategies for Harnessing Action), envisaging alternative development options for adopting strategies that would lead to a more sustainable future, presenting ‘base’ and ‘alternative’ scenarios for the period 1997–2047 and projected quantitatively the status of our natural resources and environment.

The sequel to GREEN India 2047, ‘GREEN India 2047 renewed: looking back to change track’, reviews the status of the environment and natural resources since 1997 to examine if the country has indeed changed track to a more sustainable path. It also identifies areas for further action and suggests ways to gather and sustain a critical momentum for a positive change.

Taking the GREEN India project forward, TERI is presently conducting a study under the aegis of the Council to analyse the damage or enhancement in the state of India’s natural capital between 1997-2007, in physical and economic terms. And thereby suggest strategies that help the country move on a more sustainable, low carbon path.

The GREEN India project will be used in various documentations under the Council.

Newsletter series

With the objective of creating awareness and disseminating information on issues of environment and development pertinent for India, the Council Secretariat publishes a biannual newsletter, including the viewpoints of various Council members and experts. The newsletter also informs readers of Council activities.

The members meet annually to discuss the progress of the activities of the Council and define a way forward.


    • Sustainable development in India: Stocktaking in the run up to Rio+20 The Energy and Resources Institute (Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF)), 2011.

Environment and Development: China and India (Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning and The Energy and Resources Institute), 2011 (see ‘External Networks / Committees’).