Bengaluru To Host First G20 Energy Transition Working Group Meeting From 5 To 7 February

Bengaluru To Host First G20 Energy Transition Working Group Meeting From 5 To 7 February

by Swarajya Staff - Jan 30, 2023 12:12 PM +05:30 IST
Bengaluru To Host First G20 Energy Transition Working Group Meeting From 5 To 7 FebruaryG20 India logo (Pic Via Twitter)

The first G20 Energy Transition Working Group (ETWG) Meeting under India’s presidency will be held in Bengaluru from 5 to 7 February.

The meeting will have over 150 participants including G20 member countries, nine special invitee guest countries – Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, UAE and Spain.

In addition, leading international organisations such as The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Energy Agency (IEA), Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), International Solar Alliance (ISA), United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), RD20 and knowledge partners will be part of the Meeting. Senior government officials from the concerned Ministries will also participate in the ETWG Meeting.

Karnataka government is extending support and coordination for the meeting.

The first ETWG meeting will focus on six priority areas including:

(i) Energy transition through addressing technology gaps

(ii) Low-cost financing for energy transition

(iii) Energy security and diversified supply chains

(iv) Energy efficiency, industrial low carbon transitions and responsible consumption,

(v) Fuels for Future (3F) and

(vi) Universal access to clean energy and just, affordable, and inclusive energy transition pathway.

On the sidelines, the ETWG meeting will be complemented by a high-level international seminar on ‘Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).’

The seminar will focus on highlighting the importance of carbon capture, utilization, and storage, considered vital for achieving net-zero targets.

The event will deliberate upon the challenging aspects of the clean energy transition and the role of CCUS in addressing them while examining various technological aspects of the value chain, from capturing to storage and utilisation pathways.

This event will enable sharing of knowledge from successful initiatives that can be replicated across emerging economies, the Union Ministry of Power said on Monday (30 January).

As part of the first ETWG Meeting, delegates will also visit Infosys Green Building Campus and Pavagada Solar Park to see first-hand India’s push towards renewable sector and efforts to mitigate climate change.

The delegates will also get to experience the rich cultural heritage, art, culture, and cuisine of Karnataka, the ministry said.

The Ministry of Power is the nodal Ministry for ETWG and will lead the discussions and negotiations on focused priority areas.

Under India's Presidency, four ETWG meetings, various side events and a Ministerial Meeting have been planned.

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