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INDIA-DENMARK LAUNCH ‘CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE ON OFFSHORE WIND’

INDIA-DENMARK LAUNCH ‘CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE ON OFFSHORE WIND’

Context:

On September 9, 2021, India and Denmark launched the ‘Centre of Excellence on Offshore Wind’ as part of the green strategic partnership between the two nations. This launch was announced in a meeting where Union Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh met Minister for Climate, Energy & Utilities of Denmark, Dan Jorgensen in New Delhi on September 9, 2021.

About the Centre:

  • This centre will at the outset be centred on four working groups: a) spatial planning; b) financial framework conditions; c) supply chain infrastructure; and d) standards and testing.
  • In the beginning phases, the centre of excellence (CoE) will aim at the offshore wind sector.
  • In the medium to long term, the vision is that the centre will broaden to include a wider group of international governments and players, accumulating experience and best practices on offshore wind and become an international centre for offshore wind and with broader links to new and renewable energy.

Meeting Highlights:

  • It was highlighted that energy transition towards green is an important part of India’s policy.
  • India has made a target of 450 GigaWatt of Renewable Energy capacity by 2030. Currently, India’s whole renewable energy portfolio is at 146 GW.
  • It was noted that, among G-20 countries, only India’s actions are in consonance with the Paris Climate Agreement with respect to the global rise in temperature.

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