TERI was formally established in 1974 with the purpose of tackling and dealing with the immense and acute problems that mankind is likely to face within in the years ahead. Consequently, TERI has created an environment that is enabling, dynamic and inspiring for the development of solutions to global problems in the fields of energy, environment and current patterns of development, which are largely unsustainable. The Institute has grown substantially over the years, particularly, since it launched its own research activities and established a base in New Delhi, its registered headquarters
TERI mission is to tackle issues of concern to Indian society, and the world at large, and develop innovative and cost effective solutions. Enhance networking for sustainable interventions. Realize potential for national and international leadership as a knowledge based agent of change in the fields of energy, environment, other natural resources and sustainable development. Inspire and reach out to diverse stakeholders for realising a shared vision of global sustainable development.