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Published on: Oct. 21, 2020, 5:33 p.m.
India and Denmark to be at the forefront in the global fight against climate change
  • India and Denmark will work together to attain the UN SDGs

By Sekhar Seshan. Consulting Editor, Business India

With Danish companies contributing to designing infrastructure projects in India, a greater engagement by more organisations in the Nordic country in all fields of sustainable urban development is welcome, prime ministers Narendra Modi and Mette Frederiksen have agreed.

Co-chairing a virtual summit between India and Denmark, the two leaders confirmed the close partnership in addressing global challenges and solutions on green energy transition and climate change, a joint statement released by the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry says. The existing strategic sector cooperation on offshore wind and renewable energy, as well as the India-Denmark Energy Partnership (INDEP) on capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and technology transfer on wind energy, energy modelling and integration of renewable energy have already established the shared commitment to address some of the common global challenges on the way to global energy transition, green growth and sustainable development.

Both countries have set very ambitious national targets on climate and energy that will contribute to an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. Given the shared desire to remain trusted partners, Modi and Frederiksen agreed to elevate India-Denmark relations to a Green Strategic Partnership with a joint commission for cooperation. This, the statement explains, builds on and complements the existing joint working groups on renewable energy, urban development, environment, agriculture and animal husbandry, food processing, science, technology and innovation, shipping, labour mobility and digitisation.

The new Green Strategic Partnership is a mutually beneficial arrangement to advance political cooperation, expand economic relations and green growth, create jobs and strengthen cooperation on addressing global challenges and opportunities, with a focus on an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under it, India and Denmark will cooperate through the ministries, institutions and stakeholders concerned.

The two prime ministers have agreed to work together towards further expanding and strengthening the existing government-to-government cooperation on environment, water and the circular economy, and to cooperate in the areas of water efficiency and ‘non-revenue’ or wasted water. India’s Jal Shakti ministry and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and that country’s environment and food ministry will work together to develop a work plan for an initial period of three years, from 2021 to 2023.

The two countries will hold regular consultations and dialogue on climate change and renewable energy at various levels, and envisage the energy partnership to be further strengthened over the coming years. Ambitious goals and actions will be identified within the areas and outlined in an action plan that will be worked out and endorsed as soon as possible. “Together, the two countries will show the world that delivering on ambitious climate and sustainable energy goals is possible,” the statement adds.


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