India and UK launch Green Grids initiative at COP26

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Updated 2021/11/12 at 1:31 PM

On the second day of COP26, India and the United Kingdom launched a joint endeavour to harness solar energy and allow it to flow freely across borders.

It was introduced at COP26 by summit host and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and includes the Green Grids Initiative — One Sun, One World, One Grid group.

The two Prime Ministers delivered the One Sun Declaration, which has been supported by more than 80 nations and lays out the group’s goals, in front of other heads of state, including US President Joe Biden.

Mr. Modi said, “All the energy mankind consumes in a year is equivalent to the energy that the sun sends to the world in a single hour.”

“The sun never sets; half the world is drenched in sunlight every hour,” Mr. Modi said. “By exchanging energy from the sun, wind, and water across borders, we can provide more than enough clean energy to meet the needs of everyone on the planet.”

Mr. Modi told the audience that the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had created an application that could calculate the potential solar energy at any location on the planet and determine if it was ideal for solar energy installations.

A Ministerial Steering Group will seek to hasten the construction of massive solar power plants and wind farms in the finest sites, which will be connected by continental-scale networks that straddle national boundaries.

According to a news release from the Green Grids Initiative, the Ministerial Steering Group will include France, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as delegates from Africa, the Gulf, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.

While post-election discussions on a new administration continue, Germany and Australia both attended the first meeting as observers.

The Climate Compatible Growth consortium of institutions, which includes Cambridge, Imperial College, Oxford, and University College London, is providing research assistance for the Green Grids Initiative.

For Africa and the Asia-Pacific area, Green Grids Initiative Working Groups comprised of national and international entities have already been created.

Most major multilateral development banks, such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the World Bank, have African and Asian development banks as members.

 

Source: The Hindu

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