India and the US have added a fifth track on ‘emerging fuels’ as part of US-India Strategic Clean Energy Partnership (SCEP), said India’s petroleum and natural gas ministry.
This came against the backdrop of India’s petroleum and natural gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday co-chairing a virtual ministerial meeting with US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm to launch the revamped US-India SCEP.
“The meeting also reviewed the progress on the India-US civil nuclear energy cooperation,” petroleum and natural gas ministry said in a late Thursday night statement.
Energy security is at the core of India-US strategic energy partnership. India elevated the India-US energy dialogue to a strategic energy partnership in February 2018 after the first ministerial meeting held in New Delhi on 17 April 2018 between then oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan and then US energy secretary Rick Perry.
“The two sides announced addition of a fifth Pillar on Emerging Fuels, which signals joint resolve to promote cleaner energy fuels. A new India-US Task Force on Biofuels was also announced to build on the scope of work on cooperation in biofuels sector,” the statement said.
This comes against the backdrop of India’s push for new-age, emission-free fuels such as green hydrogen in fertilizer production and petroleum refining.