The decision was taken by the two countries during a joint S&T Committee meeting last week

India and Denmark have agreed to initiate joint research and development on green fuels including green hydrogen, the Ministry of Science and Technology said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the Ministry, a decision to this regard was taken by the two countries during their joint S&T Committee meeting held virtually on January 14, 2022.

As per the Ministry, the two sides, at the Joint Committee meeting, discussed national strategic priorities and developments in science and technology with a special focus on green solutions of the future. They also discussed strategy for investments in green research, technology and innovation, the Ministry added.

As agreed by the Indian and Danish Prime Ministers while adopting the Green Strategic-Action Plan 2020-2025, the Joint Committee emphasized on development of bilateral collaboration on mission-driven research, innovation, technology development, including climate and green transition, energy, water, waste and food.

They agreed to organise 3-4 webinars for partnership development and stressed on promoting calls for proposals in green fuels, including green hydrogen.

The Joint Committee also reviewed the progress of the ongoing projects of the last two joint calls being implemented in the areas of energy research; water; cyber-physical systems, and bio-resources and secondary agriculture.

At the meeting, while India was represented by S K Varshney, Adviser and Head, International Cooperation, Department of Science and Technology, Denmark was led by Dr. Stine Jørgensen, Deputy Director of the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science.

Indian Ambassador to Denmark Pooja Kapur and Danish Ambassador to India, Freddy Syane also participated in the meeting, the Ministry said.