India and the United States jointly launched a hydrogen task force under their Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP) to boost India’s energy security efforts.
This was informed by US India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).
About US-India Hydrogen Task Force:
- The US India Hydrogen Task Force is a high-level bi-lateral collaboration between the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
- This Task Force was jointly launched by the DOE, MNRE, and the USISPF.
- The Inaugural Session of the launch discusses high-level priorities for the task force.
- It was attended by senior government officials from India and the US and representatives from US India Strategic Partnership Forum, the Secretariat for the Task Force.
- It was constituted with the aim of serving as a forum to achieve affordable hydrogen solutions.
- It seeks to enhance energy security & resilience by boosting up low or zero-carbon hydrogen technologies & deployment.
- The Task Force will represent industry and government stakeholders and will mainly assess technology status, study innovative policy options and make recommendations.
- It will bridge government research with unique industry perspectives which will help in reaching the goals of decarbonizing, high-polluting industrial sectors and achieving a greener & cleaner planet.
- It will strengthen focused public, private cooperation between both the countries and make way for accelerated development & deployment of hydrogen energy technologies.
- It will bring industries and academy together with an aim of integrating private sector inputs to bring latest technology & adopt business models to develop and deploy hydrogen technologies.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joseph Biden agreed to launch a high-level India-US Partnership during the Leaders’ Summit on Climate on April 22, 2021.
- The partnership envisages bilateral cooperation on strong actions in the current decade to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.