India and Denmark to give global boost to green economy during visit by Danish Prime Minister, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

New Delhi: India and Denmark ready to accelerate their Green Strategic Partnership when Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen begins her three-day visit to India on Saturday, becoming the first foreign head of government to be received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the Covid-19 the crisis broke out.

Frederiksen’s visit not only confirms the strengthening of political, economic and trade relations between Denmark and India, but also gives massive impetus to the Green Strategic Partnership that the two countries concluded in September 2020.

Denmark is the only country in the world with which India has a green strategic partnership which also opens the door to Danish green solutions in India’s green transition. At the same time, the visit is an opportunity to discuss the importance of cooperation in the climate field in the run-up to COP26.

“Denmark has a long tradition of engaging in the challenges of the world. This is especially true in the green energy transition, where India, as a strong and ambitious actor, is crucial in solving the climate challenges facing the whole world, ”Frederiksen said before leaving. for New Delhi.

In recent years, a strong bilateral relationship has developed between the two countries.

A year after Frederiksen and Prime Minister Modi held their first-ever virtual summit in September 2020, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar visited Copenhagen last month – the first by an Indian foreign minister in 20 years – to undertake a comprehensive review of the Danish Indo-Partnership.

Solutions and size, skills and scale

Denmark is a world leader in several niche technologies relevant to India. Noting that Denmark has skills, India has scale and the world needs new technologies, PM Modi insisted on creating a research platform where solutions could be found to global problems such as food security, water management, climate change and sustainable development. development.

The Green Strategic Partnership, which has added a new dimension to bilateral relations, is the first such agreement, which extends cooperation in the fields of renewable energies, the environment, the circular economy, water management. water and waste, reduction of air pollution and various other sectors.

It advances political cooperation, broadens economic relations and green growth, creates jobs and strengthens cooperation to address global challenges and opportunities with a focus on ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement and the Goals of sustainable development.

There are around 200 Danish companies operating in India like Grundfos, Vestss, Maersk, Haldor, Topsoe and CIP which have invested in areas such as shipping, renewable energy, environment, agriculture and food processing. and wish to extend their commitments in other sectors such as smart urban development and energy recovery from waste. Big chambers like DIDE, Danish Shipping and Agriculture and Food Council are also extending the new age partnership. Likewise, 60 Indian companies have invested in Denmark.

“Our green strategic partnership has great potential for Danish companies and Danish exports. In Denmark we have the solutions, while India, as one of the most populous countries in the world, has the size to be able to push the green transition on a global scale, ”Frederiksen said before his visit to India.

As the two sides plan to further strengthen the energy partnership in the coming years, Prime Minister Modi has already invited ‘like-minded’ Denmark to join India, Japan and Australia in diversification and consolidation. supply chain resilience. Considerable progress is expected to be made in this and several other areas over the weekend.

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