Making a new entry to the list of areas of cooperation that has up to now included oil and gas, power and energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable growth, emerging fuels has now been added.

As per an official statement, the addition was followed by a ministerial meeting of USA-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP), which was co-chaired by India’s Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri and US Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. The Oil Ministry has remarked that the step has been taken to launch the revamped US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP).

The SCEP, the announcement of which was made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi alongside US President Joe Biden in April earlier this year, was commenced in agreement with US-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership. The announcement of rechristening of Gas Task Force to India-US Low Emission Gas Task Force has also been in the highlights, for making evident the steady relations of the two countries on the issue. Under this Task Force, both India and the US have also consented to continue developing even better understandings on the matter of methane gas abatement.

Reportedly, the subject of progress made on the India-US Civil Nuclear Energy Cooperation was also taken up and discussed in the meeting, although not much details have been provided on the issue up till now. Both sides have also agreed to the inclusion of ‘smart grid and grid storage as part of the second phase of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE)-R initiative.

The meeting has precluded the United Nations Climate Change Conference that is scheduled to commence in Glasgow, Switzerland later this year. It will be interesting to see how India responds when the issue of it constantly resisting the pressure of declaring net zero emission comes up. 

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