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A Green Partnership: India & Denmark to work on green fuels including green hydrogen

Giving a major fillip to India & Denmark relations and taking rapid strides towards sustainability goals, both nations agreed to initiate joint research and development on green fuels including green hydrogen, during the Joint S&T Committee meeting on 14th January 2022.

At the virtual meeting, the Joint Committee discussed both countries’ national strategic priorities and developments in Science, Technology, and Innovation, with a special emphasis on green solutions of the future – strategy for investments in green research, technology, and innovation.

The committee emphasized on the importance of developing bilateral collaboration on mission-driven research, innovation, and technology development, such as climate and green transition, energy, water, waste, food, and so on, as agreed by the two Prime Ministers when they adopted the Green Strategic Partnership – Action Plan 2020-2025. They agreed to hold three to four webinars to foster partnership development and to promote a call for proposals in green fuels, including green hydrogen. The Joint Committee also reviewed the status of ongoing projects from the previous two joint calls in the areas of energy research, water, cyber-physical systems, bioresources, and secondary agriculture.

The meeting was co-chaired by S. K. Varshney, Adviser & Head, International Cooperation, Department of Science & Technology (DST, and Dr. Stine Jørgensen, Deputy Director of the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science of Denmark.

About Green Strategic Partnership

The Green Strategic Partnership significantly expands and strengthens bilateral relations and cooperation between India and Denmark, which established diplomatic relations more than 70 years ago and trade relations 400 years ago. The collaboration between both countries is based on mutual interests, shared values, and a commitment to upholding the international rules-based system.

This Joint Action Plan covers the main areas and mechanism for cooperation, reflecting the width and depth of the strategic partnership between India and Denmark that is being implemented through the mechanism of the Joint Commission and its Joint Working Groups. The collaboration represents the two countries’ commitment to meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and contributing to the global climate crisis’ mitigation by focusing on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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