Energy meeting India: IEA meets Indian Ministers
Dr Fatih Birol, the Executive Director of the IEA, recently met with Indian Ministers to discuss expanding cooperation on a variety of energy issues after India joined the IEA as an Association member in March this year.
During his visit, Dr Birol met with RK Singh, Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy; Piyush Goyal, Minister for Railways and Coal; Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas; and Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.
India, the world’s third-largest energy consumer, has made significant progress in areas such as energy market reform, energy access, energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment. The new institutional ties with India reflect the IEA’s strong commitment to expanding its long-standing work with India, including by supporting the International Solar Alliance established by India to accelerate the global deployment of solar energy.
Reforming India’s energy sector
Dr Birol expressed the IEA’s strong support for the government’s determined efforts to reform the energy sector. By providing energy access to over 500 million people since 2000, India has become one of the greatest-ever success stories in electrification. India aims to achieve an ambitious renewable target of 175 GW by 2022, and is making significant progress in that area.
Since India joined the IEA as an Association member, India and the IEA have been working to develop a bilateral work programme. The programme covers cooperation on a wide range of activities, including energy security, system integration of renewables, energy efficiency, and data and statistics. These topics are critical policy issues for India and align well with the IEA’s expertise.