Recently, India-US ministerial meeting on ‘Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP)’ has been organized.
The Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) has been launched in line with the India-US Strategic Clean Energy Agenda 2030 announced during the Leaders Summit on Climate in April 2021.
“Energy security” is at the core of the India-US Strategic Energy Partnership.
The Government of India granted Strategic Energy Partnership status to the India-US Energy Dialogue in February 2018.
SCEP organizes intergovernmental meetings on the five pillars of cooperation.
- Electricity and energy efficiency.
- Responsible Oil and Gas.
- Renewable energy.
- Sustainable growth and
- New emerging fuel options.
- A fifth pillar on emerging fuels was also announced during this period. This indicates the need for a joint resolution to promote clean energy fuels.
- In addition, a new India & US Task Force on Bio-fuels was announced, considering the potential for various efforts on cooperation in the bio-fuels sector.
- The renaming of the Gas Task Force to “India – US Low Emissions Gas Task Force” was also announced to support India’s vision of a gas-based economy.
- Under this, it also includes developing a better understanding on methane reduction.
- The meeting also reviewed progress on India-US civil nuclear energy cooperation.
- As part of the second phase of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) Research, the scope of work will be expanded to include smart grids and grid storage.
Source – The Hindu