Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
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On 30thMarch 2017, India announced the activation of “Association” status with the International Energy Agency (IEA). After India became the associate country of IEA in March 2017, the bilateral co-operation between India and the IEA has grown significantly.
Currently, IEA is assisting India in various areas, as under: -
-India’s Emergency response assessment,
-Best practices in building SPRs,
-Increasing share of natural gas in India’s energy mix.
-In-depth Review of India’s Energy policy (Completed in collaboration with Niti Aayog)
IEA in close collaboration with NITI Aayog conducted “In-depth review of India's energy policies”. The report was launched in January 2020. The report highlighted the Government of India’s remarkable and commendable progress in extending access to modern energy, including clean cooking and electricity, affordable, secure and cleaner energy for its people while implementing a range of energy market reforms.
India is working to become a gas-based economy by increasing the share of natural gas in India’s energy mix from 6 % to 15% by 2030. In this context, the IEA and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural gas organized the first collaborative activities on the realm of a gas-based economy on 1st July 2020. The event was the first in a series of IEA- organized workshops on Building a Gas-Based Economy in India.
IEA published an India specific report “India Energy Outlook 2021”. The report explores the opportunities and challenges ahead for India as it seeks to ensure reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy to a growing population.
Recently, Hon’ble Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs had a meeting with Executive Director of IEA, Dr. Fatih Birol in June 2023 and February 2023.