India and Denmark have signed a Green Strategic Partnership, the first such agreement for either country and the initiative is expected to open a world of opportunities in the renewable energy sector, according to Danish Ambassador to India Freddy Svane. He further suggested that India should increase its all-round profile in Europe to buck any negative campaign.
The Green Strategic Partnership is significant to both India and Denmark and the international community as this would majorly contribute to fighting climate change, noted Svane who is serving his second stint in India as Danish envoy.
“We have been able to follow up quickly since the summit to put in place various contours of the Partnership,” he informed.
India and Denmark can assist each over and learn from each other, the Ambassador said, adding, Denmark is a front runner in renewable energy, especially in offshore wind and a Danish firm has established its presence in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted about the partnership, “Denmark has the skills, India has the scale.”
India has ambitious plans for renewable energy and these plans are impressive. Denmark has skills which could be used to help India achieve these goals. Denmark has a track record of transfer of knowledge, the envoy noted.
The scale of the energy transformation that India is undergoing will be a benefit for not only India but also the whole world. India is a key player in fighting climate change.
The first offshore wind park was set up in Denmark in 1991. There has been remarkable technological advancement in this area.
India and Denmark agree to be at the forefront in the global fight against climate change. Both countries have set very ambitious national targets on climate and energy that will contribute to an ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement. Together, the two countries will show the world that delivering on ambitious climate and sustainable energy goals is possible, according to the Ambassador.
The two countries have agreed to work towards further expanding and strengthening the existing Government-to-Government cooperation on environment/water and circular economy.
Copenhagen and Delhi are also cooperating in water efficiency and non-revenue water (water loss) and in this context tasked the Indian Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food to develop a Work Plan for an initial period of three years (2021-23).
The total Danish investment in India currently stands at $ 1.5 bn. — mainly in services and in manufacturing. Denmark views great opportunities through a green strategic partnership in the green transformation: energy (wind turbines), water, agriculture and food processing (dairy and cold chains) and logistics, ET has learnt.
Denmark has strategic sector cooperation with India in the sectors naming Energy, Environment (Water), Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Urban Development.
Denmark is a world leader in renewable energy and a laboratory for green solutions. The country has one of the world’s most ambitious, legally binding climate targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030 (compared to the 1990 level). Supporting India’s green energy transition and the Indian government’s ambition of reaching 450 GW of renewable energy capacity, the two countries have an active technical cooperation in the field of Energy.
The Indo-Danish cooperation on renewable energy started in 2018 with a Strategic Sector Cooperation with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) focused on offshore wind and the new five-year India-Denmark Energy Partnership is now expanding the cooperation to include both MNRE and the Ministry of Power (MOP). The thematic focus areas are; offshore wind, integrated renewable power, energy planning and modelling, power system flexibility, integration of high share of renewable energy and electricity markets. India’s approach to energy transition will have a significant impact on the country’s economic growth and job creation as well as on the success of the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goal
The Danish water business sector holds great expertise in all areas of water management namely, sewage treatment, energy recovery, desalination, intelligent reverse osmosis systems, forward osmosis technology for Zero Liquid Discharge and industrial wastewater management.