Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh met a delegation led by John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate on Monday. The further strengthening of Indo-US collaboration on climate change issues and to work towards a genuine partnership between the two countries to pave the way for the rest of the world on Energy Transition was discussed at the meeting. Alok Kumar, Secretary Ministry of Power and other senior officials from the ministry were also present.
The US side appreciated India for its Energy Access drive and commitment to achieve 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. They also lauded India for electrifying 28.02 million homes in 18 months and achieved universal household electrification.
RK Singh informed the US delegation about India’s intent to move towards a clean energy transition. He further informed that the biggest challenge for infusing renewable energy was storage which needs to be addressed immediately to make power accessible to the masses. Singh mentioned that a huge push for Green Hydrogen and Electrolyzers are planned in the upcoming months. Singh invited US companies for collaboration. He also highlighted India’s upcoming projects in Ladakh on Green Hydrogen and Green Energy Corridors.
John Kerry proposed that the USA is willing to enter into a genuine collaboration with India to enable us to realise the ambitious target of reaching 450 GW Renewable Energy by 2030 which would pave the way to India achieving sub2°C level, much more than what has been committed under Paris Climate Agreement.
RK Singh showed his concern towards over 800 million people across the world not having access to electricity. He urged the US side to join the International Solar Alliance which can benefit many countries.
Both sides agreed that Indian labs could work with the US labs with the objective of reducing costs and finding alternative chemistry for making energy transition economically viable. SPEC highlighted that India and USA could take a global leadership role on the energy transition front and show the rest of the world that ambitious RE targets can be achieved.
The US side informed that both India and USA have similar goals and share the same zeal towards climate change issues and this partnership would be an inspiration to the rest of the world to revise their Nationally Determined Goals (NDCs) and strengthen the fight towards climate change