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The European Union brings together research community to discuss EU-India roadmap for Cooperation in Clean Energy

New Delhi, 13 May 2022: To mark the occasion of the Europe Day and the year-long celebrations of EU-India 60 years of strategic partnership, the EU Delegation to India hosted an event “Linkages & Opportunities for EU-India Partnership – The case for the energy and society transition”.  Indian students and researchers funded under various EU programmes (Erasmus, MSCA and Horizon 2020) came together along with European and Indian industry partners to explore areas of mutual cooperation.

The discussions focused on topics including solar energy, electric vehicles and batteries, energy efficiency, biomass energy, smart grids and energy materials.  

The cooperation on research and innovation (R&I) between the EU and India is robust and vibrant. In total, the EU and India have invested > 80 million euros (40 million euros each) on joint research actions. In addition, under the Horizon 2020 programme, Indian entities have participated in 41 collaborative projects, with a total funding of 320 million euros.

Speaking at the event, H.E Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of European Union to India, said: “The EU and India are working together under the Clean Energy and Climate Partnership to reach their ambitious renewable energy and climate targets and to increase resilience. We are joining forces in areas like energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart and sustainable urbanisation, climate action and circular economy. Research and Innovation is an important pillar of such co-operation and so is the mobility of students and researchers between EU and India.”

The EU-India Research and Innovation contributes to several SDG goals. Broadly, the projects fall in energy, environment, health, space and transport sector. Of the 41 collaborative projects, seven are EU-India energy projects, amounting to a combined funding of 49 million euros. The seven projects cover aspects of smart grids, sustainable energy systems, decarbonisation pathways, enhancing effectiveness of local energy communities and energy independence.

On this occasion, the participants used electric buses and e-bikes supplied by Tata Motors and Yulu Bikes respectively. This initiative was supported by Tata Power.

For more information, see annex:

  1. Factsheet on Research, Innovation and Mobility
  2. Backgrounder on Energy

About the European Union: The EU, which consists of 27 countries, has the world's second largest economy and its third largest population, after China and India. Though richly diverse, the countries that make up the EU (its 'Member States') are all committed to the same basic values: peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights. By creating a frontier-free single market and a single currency (the euro) which has been adopted by 19 Member States, the EU has given a significant boost to trade and employment.

EU-India relations: The EU and India are marking 60 years of diplomatic ties in 2022. For 60 years, the EU and India have worked together to reduce poverty, prevent disasters, expand trade, secure global public goods, enhance security around the world and promote joint research in energy, health, agriculture and many other fields of mutual interest.