3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-INVEST 2020)

Hosted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), the 3rd RE-INVEST 2020 took place virtually from 25 to 28 November. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Israel Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mr. Mark Rutte and Director General Mr. Thorsten Herdan, BMWi and Mr. Alok Sharma, President for COP26 actively participated amongst many other international dignitaries in this flagship event. Germany was one partner country of RE-Invest. According to MNRE, a total of 27,000 participants from 68 countries and 290 speakers registered. Among others Mr. Max Trommsdorff, Fraunhofer ISE promoted innovative solar technology Agrophotovoltaics (AgroPV), Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber, President of the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) gave his insights on the future of solar energy and Dr. Jochen Dirksmeyer, wpd offshore solutions GmbH emphasised offshore wind as a reliable resource to cater the power demand especially in the evening and at night when solar energy is not available. 

In cooperation with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, IGEF-SO organised a virtual German Pavilion with more than 35 German companies and associations present. To increase the visibility of German companies and institutions present in India, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and MNRE jointly organised a Indo-German Country Session on "Opportunities and Challenges of Decarbonisation" at the conference on 27 November with a comprehensive programme on photovoltaics, grid integration and hydrogen.

Over 400 participants were honoured by the opening remarks of Hon'ble State Secretary, Shri Indu Shekhar Chaturvedi, MNRE, Govt. of India and Director General, Shri Thorsten Herdan, BMWi, Govt. of Germany. A high level panel discussion on opportunities and challenges of the ongoing energy transition in India and Germany counted with the active involvement of Shri Abhay Bakre, Director General of India's Energy Efficiency Authority, the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Shri Dinesh Jagdale, Joint Secretary International Cooperation, MNRE, Dr. Philipp Stammler, Head of Division Hydrogen, BMWi, Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber, President of the European Solar Manufacturing Council (ESMC) and Dr. Winfried Damm, Head of Energy in GIZ India. One highlight of this Indo-German Country Session at RE-Invest 2021 was the launch of the “COBENEFITS Policy Report for India” with the encouraging words directed to the audience by Dr. Antje Berger, First Secretary, Climate & Environment, Embassy of the Republic of Germany. The report was funded by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). 

More information on the report can be found here.

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