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The European Union looks to India as a key partner to boost solar power

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (EFE) .- European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simpson on Wednesday described India as an important partner in achieving energy independence through solar energy in an environment marked by the coronavirus pandemic. Conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

On energy, the European Union (EU) and India “can learn from each other, especially in diversifying supply chains and creating an open, competitive, rules-based solar market,” Simpson told a forum on solar energy. New Delhi.

At an event jointly organized by the EU and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the European Commissioner highlighted the responsibility of both countries to “help drive change” through a common agenda.

“The need for clean and renewable energy is very relevant for both the EU and India to meet their targets under the Paris Agreement,” Simpson stressed.

The current environment of the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, which has led to the cessation of gas supplies in Europe after the blockade imposed on Russia, “needs us to evolve from our old polluting ways to new, cleaner sources. Solar energy can be the basis for this evolution,” noted the European Commissioner.

India’s New and Renewable Energy Minister Bhagwant Guba, who attended the event, also highlighted the Asian country’s plans to increase production of photovoltaic solar cells and panels, stressing the need to diversify supply chains.

To do this, Kuba said, the Asian country needs “joint cooperation in R&D in photovoltaic solar technology” with the EU.

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A large number of European and Indian companies participated in the event

At the EU-India Summit on 30 March 2016, India and the European Union have in recent years reaffirmed their commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Clean Energy and Climate Partnership to strengthen cooperation on clean energy and the implementation of the Paris Agreement. .

This includes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2070 as demanded by the UN during the last climate summit COP26. EFE

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