India eyes cooperation with France on green hydrogen

20 June 2022

India is looking forward to collaboration with France in the green hydrogen space, an official said. Speaking at a workshop on decarbonised hydrogen, organised by the Embassy of France in India and the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW), Vandana Kumar, additional secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy said: “Our industry is very sanguine to take part in the green hydrogen movement by itself on the generation of hydrogen, on the production of various technologies and we are very much looking forward to our cooperation with France in this."

Noting that a joint declaration of intent has already been agreed between the two countries, she said: “We are looking forward to a suitable opportunity, a suitable event, that would be signed between India and France very soon"

On India’s push for renewable energy, the official said that the country has 158 GW of installed capacity for renewable energy and another 87 GW is in the pipeline.

Addressing the event, the Ambassador of France to India, Emmanuel Lenain, said that green hydrogen holds immense promise as a clean energy vector of the future.

“It also represents an ambitious new chapter of cooperation between France and India, as agreed by President Macron and Prime Minister Modi in Paris on 4th May. By seizing the synergies between our two countries’ ambitious national hydrogen strategies, France and India can team up on green hydrogen to accelerate our clean energy transition, meet our carbon neutrality targets, and strengthen our energy independence".