US To “Work Closely With India on Challenges of Climate Change” in Energy Partnership

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US To “Work Closely With India on Challenges of Climate Change” in Energy Partnership

The US gets into Energy partnership with India, learn more…

Tuesday, 23rd February 2021

The energy sector has been dubbed as one of the “five baskets” of the India – US collaboration according to India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

This energy cooperation between the two nations is based upon the premise of sustainable development that will tap sources in order to cover the requirements of power in the 21st century. It also upholds the proposition of local and international stability and also safeguards national security, according to a statement by a senior official.

As per State Department Spokesperson Ned Price, the two countries will also join forces on the questions of natural gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, clean coal technologies, smart grids, and unconventional and clean energy sources research for the benefit of the populace both now and in the future.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu’s ‘five baskets’ include:

  • cooperation in healthcare and pharma and COVID-19 management, including affordable medicines and vaccines
  • the digital space, including information and communication technology, innovation, and start-ups
  • the energy sector, including LNG, renewables, and solar that will allow combating climate change
  • the education and knowledge partnership
  • cooperation in strategic and defense areas, including in the Indo-Pacific

Sandhu, in a recent op-ed magazine, welcomed America’s re-entry into this agreement of paramount importance where even India has extended her full commitment.

He wrote, “Here again India has demonstrated leadership, creating the International Solar Alliance, while being on track to surpass our voluntary commitments under the Paris Accord. Our solar energy production will reach 450GW by 2030, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30-35 percent by that year (from 2005 levels).”

Stating both countries are already working together in renewable energy under the Strategic Energy Partnership, Sandhu said, they will now build on these gains and move towards “a green transformation through effective technology transfers, financing and an equity-based approach that will increase access to renewable energy for a wider population, which in turn will create global low-carbon pathways, green jobs and achieve shared climate goals.”

Sandhu further wrote that this process will ensure India’s progress in terms of the economic empowerment of millions.

The News Talkie Bureau



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