Dr Angela Merkel in India: German Chancellor meets PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel visited India to co-chair the 5th Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) along with PM Narendra Modi. She was accompanied by top-level Ministers and a business delegation. During the visit, the German Chancellor conducted bilateral discussions with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After the conclusion of the talks the German Chancellor and PM Narendra Modi issued a joint statement.

Recognizing the exceptional importance of both countries for a successful global energy transition in order to ensure the achievement of the long-term targets of the Paris Agreement as well as the SDGs in 2030, both leaders expressed satisfaction about the cooperation in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, including the important and successful work under the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF), Indo-German Development Cooperation as well as under the International Climate Initiative.

Both sides are committed to creating the necessary frameworks to promote the path for a sustainable substitution of fossil fuels, including coal. The focus of a sustainable energy transition shall be on large scale grid integration of intermittent renewable energy sources through enhancement of grid infrastructure, energy efficiency and demand-side management, flexible power generation as well as large scale storage solutions. Furthermore, they recognized that there are several ways by which especially solar technologies could make a difference in the lives of people in rural areas, especially women, and agreed to explore possibilities to cooperate in this area, in particular to adopt battery storage and microgrid solutions for electrification.

Both leaders acknowledged the successful Indo-German Solar Partnership founded in 2015. In order to sustain the positive developments and to achieve the ambitious targets set by both Governments‎, it was agreed to further promote a climate-friendly development of the Indian and German power markets. India aims to install 175 GW renewable energy capacities until 2022 and 450 GW until 2030. The Government of Germany aims to achieve 80 % of total power consumption from renewable energy sources by 2050.

India welcomed Germany’s keenness to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA), with a view to promote sustainable climate-friendly and efficient energy solutions internationally.

To add to the collaborative air, the honourable Secretaries from Ministry of Power and Ministry of New & Renewable Energy signed and witnessed 8 Implementation Agreements and MoUs with German counterparts.

Furthermore, both sides acknowledged their readiness to support skill development in new, innovative and sustainable technologies such as renewable energy, e-mobility and energy efficiency and to encourage the private sector of both countries to join in these efforts.