International Climate Summit 2021 had been conducted in New Delhi, India, in partnership with NITI Aayog, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Department of Scientiﬁc & Industrial Research, CSIR and the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India.
The theme of the Summit was ‘Powering India’s Hydrogen Ecosystem’.
In the inaugural speech during the Summit, Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Science & Technology, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Oﬃce, Minister of State in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance, Govt. of India and Ashwani Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State for Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution; and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India stressed on the urgency to address climate challenges through consolidated approach and timely interventions while emphasizing on shifting to cleaner options like green hydrogen as a potential energy source for a more sustainable future.
In the words of Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) of the Ministry of Science & Technology, “Our undivided energies should be invested to attain our aim of minimising emission and that is only possible if we adopt a proactive approach. Green hydrogen will not only enable us to reduce emission but also help India across several verticals and align with PM Modi’s vision of our nation being self-reliant. It’s about time that we collectively work towards making India a Green Hydrogen Hub, not just for ourselves but for the bigger picture where we are considerate of the world as a whole. We have the capability and the capacity to facilitate clean hydrogen energy for the world; this is the appropriate time to get into action and create a world worth thriving in.”
Ashwini Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India said ““The need of the hour is to cater to the depleting cover and growing concerns urgently, to create a sustainable platform for clean energy. We intend to achieve 40% of non-fossil usage by 2030, making a significant stride towards improving the current state of the country and establishing a green hydrogen ecosystem to smoothen the path to a responsible living. It’s time to redirect our attention towards creating and sustaining an alternate source of energy and mandating it for developing and developed nations alike to take the onus to nurture the health and wellbeing of each one of us on this planet.”
The event was aimed to propel India towards a carbon-free energy ecosystem and become a global key player in renewable energy. ICS 2021 was a hybrid event attended by dignitaries including Nobel Laureates, Policy Makers, Regulators, Industry Experts and Scientists from across the globe.
Norway was the partner country for the Summit.
Supported by Ministries of New and Renewable Energy, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Power, Coal, Earth Sciences, and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME), the event was backed by over including Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Reliance Industries Limited, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, UPL Limited, ONGC Ltd, Veritas Polychem, Deepak Fertilizers & Chemicals, GAIL (India) Ltd, Nayara Energy Limited, IHB Limited, Acme Group, Bharat Oman Reﬁneries Ltd, GE Gas Turbines, and OIL India Ltd, etc as industry partners.
Over 25,000 registered participants attended the Summit, connecting virtually from 50+ across the globe.
Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Science also launched the National Hydrogen Portal The platform will now become a one-stop information source for research, production, storage, transportation and application of hydrogen across the country & Technology.
Ashwani Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India released a special Knowledge Book titled “Self Reliant India – Harnessing the Power of Hydrogen,” during the event.
The International Climate Summit 2021 began with a special address delivered by Tina Bru, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Govt. of Norway, saying” Green Hydrogen has the potential to realize low to zero-emission solutions in the transportation, industry and shipping sectors thus opening up new opportunities in these sectors.
The Norwegian Government presented a white paper recently called ‘Energy to Work’ about long term value creation from Norwegian energy resources. Since India is the world’s third-biggest consumer and producer of energy with rapidly growing consumption in the decades to come, we commend the eﬀorts of the Government of India launching ambitious targets for developing clean energy. Closer collaboration between Indian and Norwegian companies can deﬁnitely accelerate our steps towards a common low-emission future.”
The summit also witnessed keynote addresses delivered by Nobuo Tanaka Special Advisor, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation and Deepak Bagla Managing Director & CEO. Invest India, Sturle Harald Pedersen Chairman, Greenstat India, Norway and Cristian Valdes Carter, Director, Innovation Norway India.
The Norwegian Ambassador to India. H.E Hans Jacob Frydenlund, also delivered his keynote address and spoke about an Indo-Norwegian alliance and partnership to help establish a strong knowledge and export hub for Green Hydrogen in the region, and become a global force in climate change mitigation.