India to participate in the mission innovation & clean energy at San Francisco

Minister Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan, is leading the Indian delegation to 7th Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial on 1st and 2nd June, 2016 at San Francisco, US

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New Delhi: World’s energy leaders are gathering in San Francisco for 7th Clean Energy Ministerial and Inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial. Given its huge stakes in the clean energy options due to huge population and energy requirements, India too is taking it up on priority. Indian delegation at the event is being led by none other than Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Minister Science and Technology and Earth Sciences along with senior officials from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and Ministry of Power.

Mission Innovation

MI was announced on November 30, 2015 by the leaders of 20 countries that have a shared desire to accelerate global clean energy innovation during COPE 21in Paris in the presence of Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi. The ‘Mission Innovation’ (MI) is an effort to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation, including through participating countries doubling their respective clean energy research and development investment.

There is a concerted effort to enhance the pace of innovation and scale of transformation through this clean energy revolution launch to meet the requirement for economic, energy security and goals in timely manner.

On June 1–2, energy ministers from nations with 90% of clean energy investments and 75% of GHG emissions will focus on advancing clean energy cooperation and implementing Paris agreement commitments.

India is Founding Member of the Steering Committee and also a Member of the two sub-groups: Joint research and Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement.

During the meeting India will be announcing its current investment and doubling Plan in Clean Energy Research. Formal announcement on new Joint collaborations with Mission Innovation Countries will also be made by the Minister.

Clean Energy

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a high-level global forum to share lessons learnt and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. Initiatives are based on areas of common interest among participating governments and other stakeholders. The CEM is the initiative of the US. presently, 23 countries are member of CEM. There are 13 initiatives under CEM covering energy efficiency, clean energy supply and cross cutting areas.

Since it was launched in 2010, the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has come a long way. Its various initiatives were instrumental in leading significant collaborative work amongst members in context of clean energy supply, demand side management and relevant cross cutting issues.