China and India agree to join forces on clean technology

29 November 2012

NEW DELHI: The nations of China and India agreed to join forces on clean technologies at the global level, at a meeting in New Delhi this week.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairperson, Planning Commission for India, signed four agreements with Zhang Ping, Chairman, Chinese National Development and Reforms Commission at the second India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue.

The memoranda of understandings that the two sides signed included one on energy efficiency, and one around the reform of international monetary and financial systems, which aims to accelerate sustainable development, energy security and climate action.

As major developing economies, the two nations reiterated their need to collaborate and share experiences to attain common goals. Mr Singh commented: “We (India and China) have similar environmental problems and can find joint solutions.”

Highlights of the meeting that show the nations are ready to collaborate on leading the clean revolution include:

  • In the Energy Working Group, both nations discussed opportunities and challenges in the wind energy sector and reviewed a hydro power workshop that was held in Beijing in October.
  • During the Environmental Protection Working Group, both sides agreed to boost collaboration on the implementation of energy efficiency projects though energy services companies (ESCOs), and to enhance cooperation in water-saving technologies to improve recycling and irrigation systems.

The Climate Group works in both China and India to advance the use of clean technologies. From our New Delhi office, Aditi Dass, Director of Technology Programs, The Climate Group commented: “India and China are certainly two countries where the global focus is on, and these countries coming together will mean that the up-scaling of clean technologies is accelerated at a greater pace.

"Given the fact that both of these countries have similar challenges and growth ambitions, partnership will certainly be key for sustainable growth.”

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