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Indo-Asean Cooperation to Reduce Dependence on FOSSIL Fuels

New Delhi: November 5,2012

A two days ‘ASEAN-India Workshop on Cooperation in Renewable Energy’ was inaugurated by Shri Gireesh Pradhan, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on 5th November 2012 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

The workshop which is being attended by experts and policy planners from ASEAN countries and India, aims at sharing of experience among participating countries on the development and deployment of renewable energy, and to identify the institutions for establishing long term cooperation between India and ASEAN countries. This workshop has been organized as a precursor to the meeting of the Ministers of Renewable Energy of ASEAN countries and India scheduled on 7th November 2012.

Speaking at the inaugural session, Shri Gireesh Pradhan, said that ASEAN and India have completed 20 years of partnership. As a full dialog partner of ASEAN Countries for about two decades and also as member of the ASEAN Regional forum, India seeks larger cooperation with ASEAN member countries in the Renewable Energy Area. The Cebu Declaration on East Asian Energy Security of 2007 has already laid foundation for ASEAN-India cooperation in renewable Energy, he said. He informed that at present the renewable power with over 26000 MW installed capacity, represents about 12.5 percent of the total installed power generation capacity in India and we aim to achieve about 55000 MW of renewable power by 2017. Our renewable energy programme is primarily private sector driven and offers significant investment and business opportunities. The Government of India is encouraging foreign investors to set up renewable power projects on ‘Build Own Operate’ basis with 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment and he invited the investors from the ASEAN member countries to invest in renewable energy sector in India.

Under the Prime Minister’s National Action Plan on Climate Change, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission some two years ago. We have already added over 1000 MW of solar power capacity in the country and our aim for 2022 includes 20,000 MW of grid connected, 2000 MW of off-grid solar power and connecting over 20 million rural households with solar home lighting, he added.

Shri Alok Srivastava, Joint Secretary of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy opined that this workshop will incubate and foster mutually beneficial cooperative projects and promote long-term cooperation.He informed that India plans to add about 30,000 MW through various renewable energy technologies between 2012 to 2017.

During the two day Workshop, eight Technical Sessions will be organized covering the topics on Trends in Renewable Energy Technology Transfer on Wind, Solar and Biomass power, Resource Assessment Techniques, Renewable Powered Micro-Grids Rural Electrification and Development, Off-grid Renewable Energy Applications, ASEAN-India cooperation in R&D in Renewable Energy under AISTDF, and Deliberation on ASEAN-India cooperation in Renewable Energy.

The workshop would also discuss technological strengths and manufacturing base of the participating countries in order to forge useful partnership. The workshop would have the benefit of discussing possible projects for industrial R&D to be considered under ASEAN-India S&T Development Fund (AISTDF) which is jointly created by DST and Ministry of External Affairs, GOI and managed by “Global Innovation and Technology Alliance” (GITA)-A Section 25 Company.

Discussion on Global Technology trends in Renewable Energy Technologies, RE Technologies and manufacturing base in ASEAN countries and India, development and deployment of renewable energy, identification of areas of co-operation in R&D and technology transfer, identification of institutions for establishing long term cooperation, Focus on cooperation in resource assessment of renewable energy sources, identification of industrial R& D projects for support under ASEAN-India S&T Development Fund are the major objectives of the Workshop.

About 150 participants including Mr.Chen Seng Hean, DDG , Institute of Standards, Cambodia and Ms. Renu Pall, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs are attending the workshop. There are also policy makers, senior officials, technology and Industry experts from ASEAN member countries, Officials from Central and State Governments, Technology providers and eminent field experts .
 

 
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