Environmental Research Institute (ERI)

Institute Head

Dr. S. M. Tauseef

 

Vision

Environment Research Institute (ERI) was established in 2010 with the vision to conduct state-of-the-art research in the field of health, safety, fire and environment and pave the way towards sustainable development.

 

Mission 

  • ERI has the mission to be the center for innovative research.
  • Infusing science into policies and practices of the industry, government, and NGOs.
  • Training and development of strong environmental leaders.
  • Serving as a catalyst and a hub for the University's interdisciplinary work in environmental research and education.

 

Core Focus Areas

  • Process Safety: The subject area of loss prevention in chemical process industries - also often called ‘process safety’ - is vigorously explored in North America and West Europe but its pursuit in Asia has been much less pronounced - India being no exception.  The situation in the Indian context is particularly surprising because not only the world’s worst ever process industry disaster (the 1984 Bhopal tragedy) has occurred in India but several among the world’s most catastrophic process industry accidents have also occurred in India.  At ERI we strive to correct the expertise deficit through intense R & D in the field of accident forecasting and consequence assessment in chemical process industries.

 

  • Climate change and global warming: The importance of the study of climate change and global warming cannot be overemphasized as it is estimated that more than one third of the population will be affected if the emission of green-house gases is left unchecked. We at ERI are engaged in research and studies related to environmental impact assessment, pollution from anthropogenic and industrial activities.

 

  • Renewable energy: All over the world, including the precincts of The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there is a strong belief that a large-scale shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources (RES) will drastically control global warming and ecodegradation.  Buoyed up with this belief, enormous funds and efforts are being pledged in favor of RES across the world. But what is the basis of this belief?  What is the evidence that this belief is rational?  Is the belief credible? Importance of finding answer to these crucial questions cannot be overemphasized as the very survival of the earth’s ecosystems - and of the humankind - depends on it. We at ERI are engaged in pursuit of finding answers to these questions.

 

  • Solid waste management: Disposal of biodegradable solid waste in a manner that does not harm the environment is one of the biggest challenges being faced by the world.  At present the largest fraction of such waste is either put in sanitary landfills (as in most developed countries) or is simply dumped on land (as in most developing countries).  In both situations portions of the waste close to the surface of the waste piles get biodegraded aerobically, while the bulk is decomposed anaerobically.  In either case, global warming gases (CO2 or CO2-CH4 mixtures) are released.  As per estimates of USEPA waste dumps contribute as much as 12 % of the overall authropogenic methane emissions.  In developed countries attempts have been made to capture the methane that is released from sanitary landfills but due to numerous practical difficulties only a few landfills are mined in this manner.  Also, methane capture from a sanitary landfill is economically viable only for a few years when methane production is high.  Then it begins to taper and even as it remains significant vis a vis the pollution it causes, it is too lean to be captured economically.  Concepts of bioreactor landfills have emerged in recent years, aimed to maximize methane capture from landfills, but all are in the experimental stage. In order to address these problems we at ERI are engaged in finding solution to this problem through the use of vermicomposting, bio-methanation, termigradation etc.

 

Institute/Centre Strategy

  • Identifying hot Health, Safety and Environment issues calling for immediate action.
  • Building a strong R&D team capable of realizing the vision of ERI.
  • Educating and training public towards implementing sustainable growth model.
  • Interaction and collaboration with local, national and International organizations to build strong knowledge base to address the environmental, industrial problems and benefit the society.
  • Providing service to the industry through the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) approved Health Safety and Environment (HSE) laboratory.