Several media briefing workshops have been conducted by the unit till date. These workshops - national, South Asian as well as regional - have primarily aimed at demystifying key environmental issues for the benefit of the media, so that it gets a basic understanding of the subject.
This, in turn, helps the media report on the issues more effectively. The unit has organised workshops on water issues, global environmental governance, vehicular air pollution in the past, NREGA, sponge iron, ecology as livelihood and arsenic contamination in the past. Last year, the unit organised a major workshop on climate change with more than 100 participants from South Asia. It was attended by journalists from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Maldives. A comprehensive book onthe politics and facts about climate change was published on the occasion of this workshop.
Casuarina Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Electricity accounted for 57 per cent of total energy consumption during 2011-12 in India -- the building sector used up close to 40 per cent of this electricity. The share of electricity is expected to increase to 76 per cent by 2040. With efficient lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and architectural design in our buildings, it is possible to save 30-70 per cent of energy. How can we cut electricity costs in our buildings?