India Announces Plan to Double the Investment in next 5 years in Clean Energy Research

  • Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences led the Indian delegation at the 7thClean Energy Ministerial(CEM7) and the Inaugural Mission Innovation Meet(at San Francisco , June 2016)
  • India has been a member of CEM since its inception and has joined most of CEM initiatives.
  • India is a Founding Member of the Steering Committee of the Mission Innovation and also a Member of the two sub-groups: Joint Research and Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement.
  • Department of Biotechnology is coordinating the national efforts towards the Mission.

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  • The Minister, while making the Mission Innovation Announcement at the Ministerial Panel, stated that the Mission Innovation (MI) is the noblest mission which will help humanity in the future.
  • It is an effort to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation, pursuing the goals set during the COP21 in Paris.
  • In order to achieve this goal, all the MI partner countries have a shared desire to enhance the pace of innovation and scale of transformation through this clean energy revolution.
  • Emphasizing upon India’s commitment to pursue a green path to growth through research-led innovations, the Ministersaid that Indias current investment in Clean Energy Research is about $72 million which is planned to be doubled to $145 million in the near future.
  • India will collaborate with UK by setting up a Joint Virtual Clean Energy Centre to address the challenges in solar energy and launching a new Research Track on Smart Energy Grids and Energy Storage under the Indo -US Partnership to Advance Clean Energy Research (PACER).
  • Showcasing India’s achievements in the field of Clean Energy, the Minister said that India has successfully implemented the worlds largest LED lighting programme.
  • LED programme has seen India lead the way by driving 12%of global LED demand at present, up from 0.1% a couple of years ago.