At the Leaders Summit on Climate, the United States and India launched a new high-level, “U.S.-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership,” to create stronger bilateral cooperation on actions in the current decade to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. The Partnership will proceed along two main tracks: the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership, co-chaired by Secretary of Energy Granholm, and the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue, co-chaired by Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. The announcement followed an intensive period of re-engagement on climate and energy led by the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, the Department of Energy, the Department of State, the National Security Council, and other U.S. agencies and departments. These engagements included the visit by Special Presidential Envoy Kerry to India to meet with Prime Minister Modi and members of the cabinet on addressing the climate crisis, and a series of discussions between Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, who will co-chair the clean energy side of the Partnership, and Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Alongside the launch of the Partnership, the text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Republic of India:
The United States and India are launching the “U.S.-India Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership.” Led by President Biden and Prime Minister Modi, the Partnership will represent one of the core venues for U.S.-India collaboration and focus on driving urgent progress in this critical decade for climate action. Both the United States and India have set ambitious 2030 targets for climate action and clean energy. In its new nationally determined contribution, the United States has set an economy-wide target of reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions by 50–52 percent below 2005 levels in 2030. As part of its climate mitigation efforts, India has set a target of installing 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. Through the Partnership, the United States and India are firmly committed to working together in achieving their ambitious climate and clean energy targets and to strengthening bilateral collaboration across climate and clean energy.
The Partnership will aim to mobilize finance and speed clean energy deployment; demonstrate and scale innovative clean technologies needed to decarbonize sectors including industry, transportation, power, and buildings; and build capacity to measure, manage, and adapt to the risks of climate-related impacts. The Partnership will proceed along two main tracks: the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership and the Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue, which will build on and subsume a range of existing processes. Through this collaboration, the United States and India aim to demonstrate how the world can align swift climate action with inclusive and resilient economic development, taking into account national circumstances and sustainable development priorities.