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EU and India adopt Joint Declaration on clean energy and climate partnership

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On 30 March 2016, at the EU-India summit in Brussels, Belgium, the European Union and India adopted a Joint Declaration on a clean energy and climate partnership.

 

The Declaration outlines EU and India’s commitment to dialogue and cooperation on clean energy, energy efficiency and climate action. Under the partnership, both EU and India will share views on policy and regulatory approaches, promote business solutions and explore possibilities for joint initiatives supporting the “Sustainable Energy for All” objectives, launched by the UN Secretary General.  

 

EU and India recognised the need to address environmental challenges and work together towards sustainable development, including through a circular economy approach to resource efficiency. They welcomed the upcoming EU funded Resource Efficiency Initiative project. Both sides acknowledged the importance of enhancing cooperation on environment issues, including on the ‘Clean India' and ‘Clean Ganga’ flagship programmes. In this context, the EU and India welcomed the Joint Declaration on the India-EU Water Partnership.

 

More specifically, the EU and India’s cooperation will include work on energy efficiency in buildings, development of renewable energy sources including solar and offshore wind, smart grids, clean coal technology, energy security, and energy research & innovation.

 

 

Background

 

EU and India have held an energy dialogue since 2005. The EU-India Energy Panel meets once a year. Today's declaration builds on the 2012 Joint Declaration for enhanced cooperation on energy between the EU and India and takes it further.

 

 

For further information, please visit the relevant European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/energy/en/news/eu-and-india-agree-clean-energy-and-climate-partnership

 

See also the relevant EC press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-1142_en.htm