The first G20 Energy Transitions Working Group (ETWG) concluded its two-day deliberations in Bengaluru with shared views and consensus on priority areas. Participants emphasized the need for energy security and diversified supply chains while recognizing that each country should have a different energy transition pathway depending on its energy base and potential. The use of fossil fuels is expected to continue for the next 15-20 years, according to the delegates, to increase the share of renewable energy. Grid interconnections and increased energy efficiency were also recognized as vital components of the energy transition.
Shri Alok Kumar, Secretary (Power), announced that the next ETWG meeting is scheduled for early April in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He also shared that India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle Joint Business Council to further promote the adoption of energy efficiency and sustainable practices in the region. Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Power, will provide technical and implementation support for select energy efficiency programs.
The delegates visited Infosys Green Buildings Campus in Bengaluru, and a visit to the Pavagada solar plant was scheduled for the following day. The event had over 150 delegates, including G20 countries, nine special invitee guest countries, and several international organizations. The discussions focused on universal access to clean energy, managing fuel prices, and the choice of technology to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to affordable energy.
Foreign representatives of the G20 Energy Transition Working Group visited the solar park near Tirumani in Pavagada Taluk on Tuesday. The delegation included representatives from G20 member countries such as the United States, Australia, Russia, South Africa, Japan, Germany, China, and Saudi Arabia, along with nine special invitees. The visit was part of the three-day event that concluded successfully in Bengaluru on Wednesday. The delegates appreciated the Pavagada solar plant and its potential to contribute to India’s renewable energy goals.