Energy Partnership Between India & US Supports Sustainable Development

The energy cooperation between the US and India supports sustainable development, harnesses sources to meet 21st-century power needs, protects national security, and promotes regional and international stability, a senior official from Washington has said.

At a daily news conference on Monday, the State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said, the US and India collaborate on natural gas, renewable energy, nuclear energy, clean coal technologies, smart grids, and unconventional and clean energy sources research for the benefit of our people now and in the future, according to PTI.

“When it comes to energy cooperation more broadly, I would say that the US, India energy partnership supports sustainable energy development, it harnesses energy sources to meet 21st-century power needs, it protects national security and promotes regional and international stability,” he said.

Replying to a question on energy cooperation between India and the US, Price said, the strategic energy partnership is strong and will continue growing even as the administration prioritizes climate change issues.

“Of course, we have worked closely with India on the challenges of climate change. It was December 2015 when the Paris Agreement was consummated that the US and 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 replied.

Additionally, India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has recently named 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. 
  • Cooperation in strategic and defense areas, including in the Indo-Pacific. 

Recently Sandhu had said that India remains committed to the goals of the Paris climate accord and welcomes the return of the US to this important agreement.

India and the US already work together in renewable energy under the Strategic Energy Partnership, he had said.

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