Planet is one of the three pillars of sustainability and a focus for YES Foundation. Steadfast on this focus, the Foundation actively undertakes a range of environmental sustainability initiatives. One such endeavor is to promote excellence and leadership in research and development in the field of climate change in general and climate model development and improvement for accurate future climate change projections in the Indian context, in particular.
YES Foundation has become the Chair for Climate Modeling at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) and this established Chair is expected to strengthen the research in the field of climate change in India and to educate manpower in numerical modeling of the Earth system and climate. India needs reliable climate projection for future planning and policy making to make informed decisions against the backdrop of environmental sustainability - global warming and climate change - and the project grant is directed towards supporting the stated objective of developing an India-centric Climate Model.
The research at IIT Delhi proposes to perform the required upgrades to the existing climate model which, currently possesses unacceptably large biases, and build a better model for the Indian region through improved physical and computational implementations. The aim is to develop the India-centric Climate Model through process improvements and region-specific customization that can simulate the regional climate of India. This Model can be used for future climate projections to assess the impacts of climate change on critical sectors of Indian economy, including but not limited to agriculture, health, water resources and energy sectors.
Under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways’ ‘Adopt a Green Highway’ initiative, YES Foundation entered into a tripartite agreement with Harit Path Pvt. Ltd. and YES BANK to adopt a 40-kilometer stretch along the Mumbai-Nashik Highway in 2017. We continue to maintain >45,000 trees along this stretch. This endeavor will contribute towards achieving India’s environmental sustainability commitment to creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tons of CO2 equivalent by 2030.