Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri has co-chaired a virtual ministerial meeting with the US Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, to launch the revamped India-US Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP).
The SCEP was launched this week as per the US-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate held in April this year, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said. The SCEP organises inter-governmental engagement across five pillars of cooperation; Power and Energy Efficiency; Responsible Oil and Gas; Renewable Energy; Sustainable Growth, and Emerging Fuels.
Puri and Granholm also reviewed the progress, significant accomplishments and prioritised new areas for cooperation under the various pillars, the minitry’s statement read.
Puri emphasised that the revamped clean energy partnership will intensify the efforts from both sides to take advantage of the complementarities that exist between the US and India.
The two sides also announced the fifth pillar on emerging fuels, which signals joint resolve to promote cleaner energy fuels. A new India-US task force on biofuels was unveiled to build on the scope of work on cooperation in the biofuels sector.