The International Energy Agency welcomed India as an Association country on Thursday, expanding its partnership for a more secure and sustainable energy future with the world’s third-largest energy consumer.
The announcement was made in New Delhi during a joint press conference with Dr Fatih Birol, the IEA’s Executive Director; Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister of State, with Independent Charge for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines; and Mr Dhamendra Pradhan, Minister of State, with Independent Charge for Petroleum and Natural Gas.
With India, the IEA’s growing family now accounts for about 70% of the world’s total energy consumption. The other IEA Association countries are China, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Morocco.
Thanks to rising income, population growth and urbanization, there is a huge potential for energy demand growth in India, which is home to about a fifth of the world’s population but uses only about 6% of the world’s energy. India’s energy demand is expected to more than double over the next 25 years, according to the IEA’s India Energy Outlook. These findings were presented by Birol to Prime Minister Narendra Modi when they met last year.
Prime Minister Modi has put in place policies to push country’s modernization, including a major transformation of energy sources. An ambitious programme is underway to expand and upgrade the electricity sector, including a commitment to reliable and affordable power under the “24×7 Power for All” initiative, as well as a major push to deploy solar and wind power.
Other energy-sector reforms focus on improving incentives to produce oil and natural gas, promote energy efficiency and increase access to modern fuels.
The IEA can support India’s efforts and collaborate in its energy transition thanks to the Agency’s expertise in global energy market and policy analysis.
The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Shri Dharmendra Pradhan -right- addressing at the India – IEA: Activation of “Association” status with the International Energy Agency (IEA), in New Delhi on March 30, 2017. The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal -center- and the Executive Director of IEA Dr. Fatih Birol -left- are also seen. © Press Information Bureau of the Government of India.
“This is a landmark day in terms of India’s engagement in global energy markets,” said Minister Goyal. “IEA Association will help India plan better and serve the needs of Indians better, ensuring energy security for days and years to come.”
Minister Pradhan added, “IEA has helped in promoting understanding of India’s interests and concerns as the third-largest consumer of energy. I am confident that Association status for India will bring mutual benefit for bothIEA and India.”
Dr Birol also thanked Dr. Arvind Panagariya, Vice-Chairman of the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI-Aayog), for their continuous support. The IEA and NITI-Aayog are committed to deepening their cooperation.
As India moves to the centre of global energy affairs, the new institutional ties with the IEA mark a critical addition to the IEA’s global outreach. India is one of the bright spots of the global economy and is emerging as a major driving force in global energy trends, with all modern fuels and technologies playing a part.
The International Energy Agency, the global energy authority, was founded in 1974 to help its member countries co-ordinate a collective response to major oil supply disruptions. Its mission has evolved and rests today on three main pillars: working to ensure global energy security; expanding energy cooperation and dialogue around the world; and promoting an environmentally sustainable energy future.
Image over the headline.- The Minister of State for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines (Independent Charge), Shri Piyush Goyal -left-, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Shri Dharmendra Pradhan -right- and the Executive Director of IEA Dr. Fatih Birol -center- at the India – IEA: Activation of “Association” status with the International Energy Agency (IEA), in New Delhi on March 30, 2017. © Press Information Bureau of the Government of India.