India & USA hold ministerial meet on Strategic Clean Energy Partnership

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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.

  1. Electricity and energy efficiency.
  2. Responsible Oil and Gas.
  3. Renewable energy.
  4. Sustainable growth and
  5. New emerging fuel options.

Key Points

  • 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

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