German Chancellor Praises India’s Initiatives in Renewable Energy

Angela Merkel, who is in India for the 5th round of Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), made these remarks during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi

November 02, 2019. By Huned

India has been at the receiving end of a lot of appreciation from around the world for its focus on development and distribution of renewable energy. After the positive observations made in favour of India by Francesco La Camera, Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) while speaking at the Asia Clean Energy Summit hosted at Singapore, it is now German Chancellor Angela Merkel who lauded India for its work in the field of renewable energy. She further said that Berlin intends to work very closely on sustainable development and climate protection including waste management and availability of pure water.

“We intend to work very closely on sustainable development and climate protection. There are many areas such as waste management, pure water and climate issues that are of concern. It is good to see that India has rather low CO2 footprints. In future, industrial development needs to be as sustainable as possible. Up to 74 GW of renewable energy is here in India and that is something you have reiterated and moved forward. I can congratulate you on that part,” Merkel said. The German chancellor, who is in India for the 5th round of Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC), made these remarks during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Merkel thanked the Indian government for the warm hospitality and said the two countries are linked with strategic and friendly relationship. Chancellor Merkel was accompanied by ministers of foreign affairs, science and education, food and agriculture, and an official delegation. A business delegation comprising leaders of German companies also accompanied Chancellor Merkel. During the visit, Merkel held meetings with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi.

Renewable energy in Germany is mainly based on wind, solar and biomass. Germany had the world’s largest photovoltaic installed capacity until 2014, and as of 2016, it was third with 40 GW. It is also the world’s third country by installed wind power capacity, at 50 GW, and second for offshore wind, with over 4 GW. Roughly 27% of Germany’s electricity is from renewables; the goal is at least 80% by 2050. In comparison, India is one of the countries with the largest production of energy from renewable sources. As of 2019, India’s total electricity generation mix is 35% from renewable energy, 55% from coal, 2% from nuclear power, and the remaining 8% from small hydro and other sources.

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