US, India to launch hydrogen task force under Strategic Energy Partnership

US Deputy Secretary of Energy, David M Turk.said that only through joint efforts and concrete, measurable actions, on hydrogen and other emerging technologies, "we will be able to achieve deep decarbonization and meet critical climate and clean energy goals".

 

India and the United States will launch a Hydrogen Task Force under the Strategic Energy Partnership between the two countries soon, announced US Deputy Secretary of Energy, David M Turk.

He made the announcement at the inaugural edition of the Hydrogen Roundtable titled "Hydrogen Economy: New Delhi Dialogue - 2021". "We are working together with partners in India to launch a US-India Hydrogen Task Force under the US-India Strategic Energy Partnership", said Turk.

"The United States is committed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. We will focus on production, transportation, industrial use, and hydrogen as an energy storage medium, as well as the financial structures that will need to be present to ensure hydrogen's success," added Turk. He said that hydrogen will be especially valuable for large-scale and long-duration energy storage to "meet our goal of a completely carbon-free grid by 2035".

Turk said that only through joint efforts and concrete, measurable actions, on hydrogen and other emerging technologies, "we will be able to achieve deep decarbonization and meet critical climate and clean energy goals".

The UAE has also expressed keenness to work with India public and private sectors to help develop the hydrogen market and support New Delhi's growing demand for energy and need for cleaner fuels.

At the roundtable, Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, UAE said hydrogen represents an opportunity to further expand India and UAE energy partnership. "We are identifying viable international market opportunities and developing a roadmap to create a Hydrogen ecosystem to serve both the UAE and the global market," he added.

Speaking during the Roundtable, Australian Energy Minister Angus Taylor said that Australia shares India's interest in building a hydrogen economy. He added that Canberra is committed to working with international partners to advance the use of hydrogen as an alternative energy source globally and as an emissions-reduction pathway.

"We want to be the world's hydrogen partner of choice - a world leader in clean hydrogen technologies. Australia's goal is to drive down the cost of clean hydrogen to under USD 2 per kilogram and make hydrogen competitive with alternative energy sources in large-scale deployment, he added.

Meanwhile, Denmark Climate Minister Dan Jorgensen said that New Delhi and Copenhagen have entered into a far-reaching green strategic partnership that will enable the two countries to cooperate in promoting sustainable solutions.

The US and India are likely to collaborate on a clean technology agenda for 2030 to ensure India meets its target of 450GW renewable energy capacity.

Soon after US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the PM announced on Wednesday that the two countries can collaborate on a 2030 agenda to facilitate affordable access to green technologies and requisite finance.

United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry on Thursday said India and the US can come together to find new fuels and technologies to help deal with climate change. He also hoped that the two nations build a partnership to accelerate the deployment of 450 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy across India by 2030.

Participating in the sixth edition of the Raisina Dialogue virtually, Kerry said that ''there is a big appetite in India'' and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply committed to moving as fast as possible to living up to Paris responsibilities and beyond. ''I think these two great democracies have an opportunity to come together to harmonize some of our initiatives to find new fuels, new technologies -- battery storage, direct carbon capture... whatever it is that is going to help us meet this challenge,'' he said.

''We share a passion for innovation, research and technology... If India and the US come together, that's a significant step forward,'' the US envoy on climate added. India is implementing one of the largest renewable energy expansion programmes with a target of achieving 175 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030.

During his visit to India earlier this month, Kerry had said that with the implementation of India's plan of 450 GW of renewables by 2030, it will be one of the few nations helping in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.

He had also said it is not an “absolute requirement” for India to announce a net-zero emission target for 2050, as it is “doing all the things that it needs to”.

On Thursday, Kerry emphasised that President Joe Biden's upcoming virtual climate summit on April 22-23 is not an effort by the US to prove something. ''Knowing that we are seven months away from a major negotiation internationally, President Biden wants to assist in the process of raising ambitions of countries all around the world. That's the reason for this summit,'' he said.

The president has invited 40 world leaders, including Prime Minister Modi, to the virtual summit to underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action.

Kerry said the 2021-2030 decade is ''absolutely vital'' for the world to meet the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and to achieve net-zero in 2050. A net-zero target means balancing out the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted into the environment by removing an equivalent volume. This may be achieved by various modes, including restoring forests or through direct air capture and storage (DACS) technology, according to the World Resources Institute.

According to Climatewatchdata.org, 59 countries, accounting for 54 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have communicated a net-zero target so far.

China has said it will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. India is the only major player holding out.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had on Wednesday said India is the only G-20 country to walk the talk on the Paris climate agreement and ''we have done more than we promised''.

He had said India will continue its fight against climate change but ''those who have polluted will have to act more''.

 


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