India and the European Union have signed a partnership agreement on clean energy, energy efficiency and climate action.

The two partners pledged to share views on policy and regulatory approaches, promote business solutions and support joint projects in areas such as energy research and innovation, development of renewable energy sources including solar and offshore wind, smart grids and energy efficiency in buildings.  

India and the EU also aim to advance the intended national climate plans (INDCs) which they submitted before the Paris climate talks, and to collaborate on supporting the International Solar Alliance, launched in Paris by India and France.

Miguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner for climate action and energy, said: “As a major world player, India is a crucial partner for the EU on energy and climate matters. I look forward to deepening our already fruitful relationship with this new partnership. Together, the EU and India can boost energy security and fight climate change through a clean and sustainable energy system.”

This week’s agreement builds on previous declarations. In addition, the EU and India already have co-operation agreements in place on nuclear power, energy security and energy safety. 

Pictured: European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, European Council president Donald Tusk