Rajendra Pachauri

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Rajendra K. Pachauri is the Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

A biographical note states that was appointed as a Director of TERI in 1982 and then as Director-General in April 2001. "TERI does original research and provides knowledge in the areas of energy, environment, forestry, biotechnology, and the conservation of natural resources to governments, institutions, and corporate organizations worldwide," his biographical note states.[1]

In April 2002, Pachauri was elected the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a position to which he was re-elected in September 2008.[1]

Pachauri on climate change

The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore,who had earlier criticised Pachauri when he was first elected in 2002.[2] In its press release, the Nobel Prize Committee said the award was for "their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change."

On December 11, 2007, Pachauri (representing the recipient IPCC) began his acceptance speech by drawing attention to his conviction that the Hindu philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which means the whole universe is one family, must dominate global efforts to protect the global commons.[3]

Returning to this theme throughout his speech, he pointedly reminded his audience of the words of the president of the Maldives in 1987:

"...a mean sea level rise of two meters would suffice to virtually submerge the entire country of 1,190 small islands, most of which barely rise two meters above sea level. That would be the death of a nation."[3]

Pachauri repeatedly emphasized his concerns regarding the implications of climate change for the world's poorest nations, referring to studies that:

"...have raised the threat of dramatic population migration, conflict, and war over water and other resources, as well as a realignment of power among nations. Some also highlight the possibility of rising tensions between rich and poor nations, health problems caused particularly by water shortages and crop failures...

"One of the most significant aspects of the impacts of climate change... relates to the equity implications of changes that are occurring and are likely to occur in the future. In general, the impacts of climate change on some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities in the world could prove extremely unsettling."[3]

Support for a Low Carbon Target

While the bulk of the negotiations for a replacement agreement to the Kyoto Protocol has revolved around a greenhouse gas emissions target of 450 parts per million or higher, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has argued for a target of 350 parts per million or lower. In August 2009 Pachauri told Agence France Presse, when asked whether he supported the AOSIS target, that "as chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPCC], I cannot take a position because we do not make recommendations. But as a human being I am fully supportive of that goal. What is happening, and what is likely to happen, convinces me that the world must be really ambitious and very determined at moving toward a 350 target," he said.[4]

"Now people—including some scientists—see the seriousness of the impacts of climate change, and the fact that things are going to get substantially worse than what we had anticipated," he said. He also stated that he was disappointed with the progress in the talks so far. "It is certainly a source of disappointment. But I don’t feel pessimistic. I think all of this will, hopefully, lead to a culmination in Copenhagen that all of us feel reasonably satisfied with," he said.[4]


A biographical note states that Pachauri began his career "with the Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi, where he held several managerial positions, Dr Pachauri joined the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA, where he obtained an MS in industrial engineering in 1972, a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and a Ph.D. in economics. He also served as Assistant Professor (August 1974-May 1975) and Visiting Faculty Member (Summer 1976 and 1977) in the Department of Economics and Business."[1]



  • Member Senior Faculty at the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad(June 1975-June 1979)'[1]
  • Director, Consulting and Applied Research Division of the Administrative Staff College of India (July 1979-March 1981);[1]
  • Visiting Professor, Resource Economics, at the West Virginia University (August 1981-August 1982); [1]
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Resource Systems Institute, East-West Center, USA (May-June 1982); [1]
  • Visiting Research Fellow, The World Bank, Washington, DC (June-September 1990);[1]
  • Adviser to the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (1994-99);[1]
  • Adviser, International Advisory Board, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, April 2006 onwards;[1]
  • Board of the International Solar Energy Society (1991-97); [1]
  • Member, World Resources Institute Council (1992); [1]
  • President and Chairman, International Association for Energy Economics, Washington, D C (1988, 1989-90, respectively);[1]
  • President, Asian Energy Institute (1992 - present);[1]

Indian government positions

  • Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (July 2001 to May 2004);[1]
  • Advisory Board on Energy, reporting directly to the Prime Minister (1983-88); [1]
  • National Environmental Council, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister (November 1993 to April 1999); [1]
  • and Oil Industry Restructuring Group, 'R' Group, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (1994);[1]
  • Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Climate Change.[1]

Corporate and Research Centres

  • Board of Directors of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (June 2006);[1]
  • Board of Directors of the NTPC Limited (January 2006);[1]
  • Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (January 1999 to September 2003); [1]
  • Board of Directors of GAIL (India) Ltd. (April 2003 to October 2004); [1]
  • National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (August 2002 to August 2005); [1]
  • the Board of Governors, Shriram Scientific and Industrial Research Foundation (September 1987-1990); [1]
  • the Executive Committee and then the Board of Trustees of the India International Centre, New Delhi (1985 onwards); [1]
  • the Governing Council and President (September 2004 – September 2006) of the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi (October 1987);[1]

Other positions

Articles and resources

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 "R.K. Pachauri", Dr R K Pachauri's website, accessed August 2009.
  2. Pachauri buries Gore feud after Nobel", Reuters, 2007-10-12
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Chair of UN Climate Panel Says Nobel Peace Prize Signals a “Clarion Call for the Protection of the Earth'", Democracy Now!, December 11, 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Top U.N. climate scientist backs big CO2 cuts, 350-ppm goal", AFP', August 25, 2009.
  5. Directors, Global Humanitarian Forum, accessed December 2, 2009.
  6. Advisory Council, LEAD International, accessed April 22, 2009.
  7. International Advisory Board, Global Master's in Development Practice, accessed August 5, 2009.
  8. SEED International Jury 2005, SEED Initiative, accessed November 16, 2009.
  9. Board, Greenstar, accessed January 17, 2011.
  10. Messengers, 350.org, accessed December 12, 2011.

External resources

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External articles

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