Energy & Climate Change
At the close of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's meetings with the Government of India July 20, 2009, the two governments issued a joint statement regarding their intentions to accelerate the growth of their bilateral relationship to enhance global prosperity and stability in the 21st century. The two governments outlined a Strategic Dialogue that will focus on five principal pillars: strategic cooperation; energy and climate change; education and development; economics, trade and agriculture; science and technology, health and innovation. Through a coherent structure of bilateral working groups, the two governments will address a wide range of issues with the goal of producing concrete results.
Energy and Climate Change working groups will continue our successful energy dialogue and begin discussions on actions to address the challenge of global climate change. Here are some of the activities between the two governments that are advancing energy and climate change cooperation.
- The U.S. Department of Energy and the Indian Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) sign particle research MOU
"This agreement is the latest step in the deepening cooperation between the U.S. and India on a range of clean energy and scientific fronts," said Deputy Secretary Poneman.
- Fact Sheet: The U.S. Commitment to Cookstoves in India, July 20, 2011
In September 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and combat climate change.
- Fact Sheet: U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy, Energy Security and Climate Change, July 19, 2011
Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton reaffirmed their countries’ strong commitment to continue ongoing efforts to address climate change, ensure mutual energy security, and build a clean energy economy.
- Yes, together we can, Ambassador Roemer, May 23, 2011
Our vibrant economies are taking advantage of many opportunities in infrastructure, clean energy, mining, and technology for oil refining, and realising the president’s vision of increased cooperation between the US and India that "will be a win-win proposition for both nations."
- Demo of Clean Cook Stove at U.S. Consulate General, Chennai
- The inaugural U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, Washington, D.C. June 1-4, 2010
Indian and U.S. delegates met to hold 18 individual dialogues during the first U.S. India Strategic Dialogue, held from June 1-4 in Washington. In addition to a focus on global security and stability, the meeting included sub-dialogues across the full spectrum of the U.S.-India relationship, strengthening our cooperation in a range of issues including trade and investment, science and technology, infrastructure investment, environmental sustainability, climate change, energy security, education, agriculture, food security, health care and empowerment.
- Ambassador Roemer's Opening Remarks at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation's Renewable Energy & Clean Technology Conference, May 6, 2010
"This partnership is the result of the U.S. - India Strategic Dialogue, which has broadened and deepened our bilateral relationship in several key areas, including energy and climate change cooperation. On clean energy, our range of engagement with India is wide and far-reaching, covering financing, investment, trade, research, and exchanges."
- Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit attends American Center's Green Exhibit
Introducing innovative technologies for cleaner and greener environment, American Center held an exhibition at various venues in Delhi and other cities of India. Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit attended the opening of the exhibition on the occasion of launch of www.greenspaces.in/ideas at the residence of Mr. Meattle who serves as a Trustee of The Climate Project India (TCPI), a not for profit organization founded by former U.S. Vice President Nobel Laureate Al Gore. The 15-panel paper show highlights some U.S. Government programs in combating climate change through various technological and research funding and also covers U.S.-India collaborations at governmental and corporate levels.
- Assistant Secretary Blake on energy and climate change
Together for a greener and cleaner earth
In a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs February 18, 2010, U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake said, "A small U.S.-based business, Azure Power Punjab, is using a $6.2 million loan from OPIC to build the first privately developed solar project in India. The United States also supports India's broader low-carbon growth objectives, most notably through the Clean Energy Research and Development Initiative announced this past November during PM Singh's visit".
- U.S.-India Green Partnership, November 24, 2009
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched a Green Partnership, reaffirming their countries' strong commitment to taking vigorous action to combat climate change, ensuring their mutual energy security, working towards global food security, and building a clean energy economy that will drive investment, job creation, and economic growth throughout the 21st century. Toward that end, Prime Minister Singh and President Obama agreed to strengthen U.S.-India cooperation on clean energy, climate change, and food security.
- Launch of an Indo-U.S. Clean Energy Research and Deployment Initiative, November 24, 2009 (PDF - 81kb)
Supported by U.S. and Indian government funding and private sector contributions, this new Initiative will include a Joint Research Center operating in both the United States and India to foster innovation and joint efforts to accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies. The Initiative will facilitate joint research, scientific exchanges, and sharing of proven innovation and deployment policies.
- Support for an Indian Environmental Protection Agency, November 24, 2009 (PDF - 81kb)
The Indian EPA will focus on creating a more effective system of environmental governance, regulation and enforcement. Working with the India's Ministry of Environment and Forests, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will provide technical support to help establish an Indian National Environmental Protection Authority.
- U.S. Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer at Confederation of Indian Industry - Sohrabji Green Business Centre
This Green Business Centre (GBC) not only represents the promise of a green economy, it demonstrates the importance of partnership between India and the United States in the 21st century.
- India announces two nuclear power sites for the United States, October 17, 2009
The government of India today announced that it has allocated two sites to the United States for the construction of civil nuclear power plants. These sites will be Chhayamithi Virdi, in Gujarat, and Kovvada, Andhra Pradesh. This announcement follows an agreement made between the governments of the United States and India for expanded cooperation on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
- United States promotes renewable energy in India, August 10, 2009
The first-ever USA Pavilion was launched at the 3rd Renewable Energy Show taking place at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today, showcasing cutting edge American renewable energy technologies.