G20 Working Group Meeting to work towards roadmap for sustainable and equitable growth, says Power Secretary

G20 Working Group Meeting to work towards roadmap for sustainable and equitable growth, says Power Secretary

Green Hydrogen Innovation Centre and Global Biofuel Alliance to be launched

  • By ICN Bureau | July 17, 2023

The 4th Energy Transitions Working Group Meeting under India’s G20 Presidency will be held in Goa during July 19 – 20, 2023. This will be followed by the G20 Energy Ministerial meeting on July 22, 2023, which would be held under the chairpersonship of Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh.

On the margins of the G20 Energy Transitions Ministerial and Working Group Meetings, the 14th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and 8th Mission Innovation (MI) meeting (CEM14/MI-8) will also be held in Goa during 19th to 21st of July, 2023, . The CEM / MI Ministerial Meeting would be held on 21st July, 2023, under the chairpersonship of Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy, Shri R. K. Singh. Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh will be the vice-chair of the CEM/MI meeting.

The G20 Ministerial meeting will be followed by the launch of the Green Hydrogen Innovation Centre by the Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy R. K. Singh and the Global Biofuel Alliance by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri, both on 22nd July, 2023.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Pankaj Agrawal, Secretary, Ministry of Power, informed that the Energy Ministers from G20 member countries, 9 invited countries and high-ranking officials from 14 international organizations will be part of the Ministerial meeting. More than 1,000 participants including policymakers, delegates, invitees, business leaders, and researchers are expected to attend various meetings and events across these four days.

The Power Secretary said that on the sidelines of G20 meetings, the Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy will also hold bilateral meetings with the European Union and seven countries namely Japan, Singapore, South Korea, USA, Germany, France and Australia. The thrust of these bilateral meetings would be on establishing common certification, regulation and standards for Green Hydrogen besides promoting its export from India. Shri Agrawal also informed that as part of the Global Biofuel Alliance, Brazil, India, and the United States, as leading biofuel producers and consumers, will work together during the next few months towards the development of a Global Biofuels Alliance along with other interested countries.

India, under its G20 Presidency, had identified six priority areas for the Energy Transitions Working Group. These are: (i) Energy Transitions through addressing technology gaps (ii) Low-cost financing for energy transitions (iii) Energy security and diversified supply chains (iv) Energy efficiency, industrial low-carbon transitions, and responsible consumption (v) Fuels for Future and (vi) Universal access to clean energy and just, affordable, and inclusive energy transition pathways.

The Power Secretary said that the discussions and deliberations in Goa will continue to build on the first three meetings in Bengaluru, Gandhinagar, and Mumbai, to identify and promote best practices, policies, and innovative approaches that support a just and inclusive energy transition. The objective is to develop a collective roadmap for achieving sustainable and equitable growth while addressing the challenges associated with energy transition effectively.

On the sidelines of ETWG, the Meeting will be complemented by various side events – ‘Enabling policies to accelerate e-mobility, ‘Promoting solar energy for universal energy access’, ‘Decentralized renewable energy applications for achieving SDG 7 goals’, ‘Drive for advancing knowledge and solutions through aggregation in energy efficiency’, and ‘Powering progress in Global South – Accessible and Affordable Clean Energy for all.’

The 14th edition of CEM is simultaneously being organised by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), under the Ministry of Power, and the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology. The theme of CEM14/MI-8 is ‘Advancing Clean Energy Together.’

The theme for CEM-14 / MI-8 is "Advancing Clean Energy Together". This year's Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and Mission Innovation (MI) meetings will bring together governments, international organizations, private sector, academia, innovators, civil society, early career researchers and policymakers over a four-day program featuring high-level ministerial dialogues, global initiative launches, award announcements, minister-CEO roundtables and a wide array of side-events cutting across diverse themes of clean energy transition. CEM14 / MI8 will also feature a public-facing technology showcase demonstrating cutting-edge advances in clean energy from India and around the world. The Ministerial plenaries are scheduled for July 21, 2023, while back-to-back G20 Energy Transition Ministerial Meeting will be held on July 22.

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