Bob Menendez, a Democratic lawmaker who heads the foreign relations committee of the US Senate, introduced a legislation on Monday proposing to create a main forum for cooperation between the United States and India related to clean climate technologies and energy transmission.
The forum will be called United States-India Climate and Clean Energy Partnership (CCEP) as proposed by the Prioritizing Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation with India Act moved by Bob Menendez.
“By establishing the US-India CCEP, we are laying the groundwork for successful partnerships between not only the US and Indian governments, but also our universities and private sectors,” Bob Menendez said, adding, “I am proud to lead this effort to further strengthen our relationship with India.”
The introduction of the bill comes amidst heightened cooperation between India and the United States on climate. US Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry is wrapping up a three-day visit to India during which the two countries activated a mechanism to fund India’s transition to clean energy, which was launched by the two sides at the time of the Climate Summit convened by President Joe Biden in April.
Climate will figure in the first in-person summit that President Biden is hosting on September 24 here at the White House of the Quad leaders Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi