The two leaders discussed the India – IRENA strategic partnership and the way forward

Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change Bhupender Yadav met Director General International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Francesco La Camera in New Delhi on Tuesday.

According to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, the two had a fruitful discussion on how IRENA can contribute in G-20 during India’s Presidency.

They deliberated on issues of mutual interest including strengthening engagement between IRENA and India. Several areas of cooperation in the Renewable Energy Sector were discussed in detail.

Given IRENA’s huge global hold on Renewable Energy, especially on Solar Energy, the Minister stated that IRENA can play a critical role in India’s efforts towards the attainment of enhanced climate goals announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at COP 26, said the ministry.

The minister further highlighted how India’s Presidency of G-20 is a golden opportunity for both India and IRENA on the way Renewable Energy can accelerate industry transition of hard to abate sectors without compromising the development aspirations of the developing countries, leaving no one behind.

The minister underlined that we may also look beyond G-20 and the existing arrangements while strengthening engagement between IRENA and India. IRENA may also explore how it can also be part of CDRI and LeadIT, which are spearheaded by India, said the Ministry.

Both sides also discussed the importance of providing essential means of implementation including finance, technology transfer and capacity-building support for achieving enhanced climate goals by developing countries like India.