This Monday, State Department spokespeople confirmed a new US-India partnership on sustainable energy development. Accordingly, this relationship would include collaboration on natural gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, clean coal technologies, smart grids, and unconventional and clean energy sources research.
This was announced during the daily news conference of the State Department’s Spokesperson, Ned Price.
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New US-India partnership on energy sustainable development
Earlier this week, Ned Price, State Department’s Spokesperson, confirmed the Biden administration would collaborate with India on sustainable energy development. Therefore, this new partnership will include collaboration on natural gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, clean coal technologies, smart grids, and unconventional and clean energy sources research.
Moreover, “when it comes to energy cooperation more broadly, I would say that the US-India partnership supports sustainable energy development. Also, it harnesses energy sources to meet 21st-century power needs, it protects national security and promotes regional and international stability,” he said.
Besides, Price said this strategic partnership is strong, and the government looks forward to strengthening it. This new approach comes from India’s current administration’s policies on prioritizing climate change issues.
Therefore, Price noted, “of course, we have worked closely with India on the challenges of climate change. For instance, it was December 2015 when the Paris Agreement was consummated. Thus, US-India worked especially closely to usher in the Paris Climate Agreement just as we did with China at that time. So, we will continue to work closely with India on the challenges of climate change,” he said.
India’s commitment to further strengthen the relationship
On the other hand, India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, recently described the energy sector as one of the “five baskets” of the India-US collaboration.
These five baskets are 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; and cooperation in strategic and defense areas, including in the Indo-Pacific.
Therefore, in a recent op-ed in Newsweek magazine, Sandhu said India remains committed to the Paris climate accord goals. Besides, it welcomes the return of the US to this binding agreement.
“India is leading in creating the International Solar Alliance while being on track to surpass our voluntary commitments under the Paris Accord. Moreover, our solar energy production will reach 450GW by 2030. Hence, we’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30-35 percent by that year (from 2005 levels),” he wrote.
In fact, US-India already work together in renewable energy under the Strategic Energy Partnership, Sandhu noted.
Thus, “we can build on these gains and accelerate a green transformation through effective technology transfers, financing, and an equity-based approach. As a result, these factors will increase access to renewable energy for a wider population. Therefore, we will create global low-carbon pathways, green jobs, and achieve shared climate goals.
In conclusion, “such an approach will also ensure that India’s growth trajectory. This is critical to the economic empowerment of millions. Finally, we want a future sustained and sustainable,” Sandhu wrote.