WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Scott Peters (CA-52) and Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, introduced the 2022 on prioritizing clean energy and climate cooperation with India.
India faces one of the highest levels of disaster risk from climate change with nearly $90 billion in estimated climate-related losses in 2020 alone. Nearly 638 million people in India live in areas vulnerable to climate change. Although access to electricity has reached most households, more than 20% of households face daily blackouts. Despite the Indian government’s ambitious climate goals and its desire to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, renewable energy meets only a small percentage of its energy needs.
“Without international collaboration, we have no chance of tackling climate change,” Rep. Peters said. “Current challenges in India show how targeted investments in clean research and technology to mitigate climate change can deepen our ties with partners like India, drive a global transition to sustainable energy, and strengthen the United States. as a leader of the clean energy revolution”.
The law prioritizing clean energy and climate cooperation with India:
- Establish the United States-India 2030 Climate and Clean Energy Partnership to serve as the primary forum for cooperation on clean energy technologies;
- Promoting U.S.-India partnerships in research and innovation for clean energy technologies, providing technical assistance for grid improvements and energy efficiency in India, and providing incentives for the creation of new energy sources renewables in India; and
- Demand that the United States Agency for International Development work with the Indian government to mainstream climate change risk reduction and resilience strategies in India.
“As the oldest and largest democracies in the world, the United States and India have an opportunity to strengthen their clean energy partnership and jointly address the shared threat of climate change,” he said. -he adds. said Representative Ami Bera. “This legislation will establish the U.S.-India Climate and Clean Energy Partnership to promote bilateral cooperation on clean energy technologies and enhance current efforts to increase Indian citizens’ access to the power grid. I am proud to work with my good friend, Representative Peters, to further strengthen our relationship with India.
U.S. support for India’s transition from fossil fuels to a cleaner, more reliable energy system is the top priority of this bilateral relationship. This will allow the United States to better combat the impacts of climate change, support a trusted partner, improve air quality for millions of people, and position America as a global leader in development and deployment of renewable energy technologies.