Emerson Centre of Excellence for Sustainability Studies


The Emerson Centre of Excellence for Sustainability Studies housed at TERI School of Advanced Studies (TERI SAS) is supported by Emerson Electric Company (India) Pvt. Ltd. The centre is headed by Prof. Shaleen Singal. Overall goal of the centre is to explore for sustainable solutions within the framework of SDGs Presently the mandate is to generate state-of-art knowledge solutions on:
  • Circular economy approach
  • Resource efficiency initiatives
  • LCA as a tool for product benchmarking
  • Exploring sustainability in the supply chain
  • Sustainable packaging solutions and
  • Net-zero strategies to achieve the UN SDGs

Certificate programmes done by the center:

Resource Efficiency and ESG leading to net zero

The certificate course waste about training participants on key aspects of resource management at the industry level and achieving resource efficiency which not only reduced environmental footprint of their operations but also results into reducing GHG emissions arising from resource saving. The participants were also exposed to conducting resource efficiency cleaner production audits along with case studies on how different resources – energy, water and raw materials can be conserved leading to financial savings as well.

Sustainable Packaging for Circular Economy

The source on sustainable packaging looked at addressing the present problem of using low value plastics as packaging materials, looking at various plastic packaging alternatives like glass, paper, and bio based materials. Use of life cycle assessment approach to decide most suitable packaging alternative and also advantages and disadvantages of each of the plastic packaging alternatives. The advance phase of the course also covered kind of care which is taken while producing packaging intended to be used for packaging food items to avoid contamination.

Life Cycle Assessment and product benchmarking

All the products introduced in the market have certain environmental impacts and industry now-a-days is looking for option which has least environmental impact. Life Cycle Assessment is one such tool which can be used while designing the product so that its has minimal impact on the environment including contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The course therefore was structured towards training the participants on the basic aspects of LCA, and how it can b e used by the industry to design a product with minimal environmental impact.