The third UK-India Energy for Growth Dialogue concluded on Friday, with Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh and UK Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng agreeing a new joint programme on smart power and renewable energy.
The Smart Power, Renewable Energy and Storage Program will complement ongoing efforts to promote efficient power distribution, industrial energy efficiency, electric vehicles, solar and offshore wind generation and energy storage.
“Today the UK and India have made important progress in outlining how this deep partnership can continue to deliver green growth for both countries powered by clean energy,” said Kwarteng.
“Supporting the move to clean energy is a shared priority, and our new joint programme on smart power, renewable energy and storage will help to increase investment in renewable projects, while creating new high skilled jobs across both nations as we build back greener,” he added.
Both sides highlighted India’s advancement of solar energy to power the Indian Railways, welcoming close collaboration through the India-led International Solar Alliance, which aims to mobilise more than USD 1 trillion of investments in solar energy by 2030.
“Action on climate change is a central pillar of the 2030 Roadmap agreed by Prime Ministers Modi and Johnson,” said Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India.
“Decarbonisation also provides excellent opportunities to create green jobs, champion gender inclusivity, and drive economic growth across both India and the UK,” The UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said.