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Ministerial Round Table at World Energy Congress Deliberates on COP28 and Energy Innovation

Rotterdam, Netherlands: The 26th edition of the World Energy Congress witnessed a pivotal Ministerial Round Table Conference on April 24, shedding light on the transformative impact of the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference held in Dubai. High-level delegates convened to discuss energy innovation, collaboration, and the implications of managing the evolving energy trilemma trade-offs.

The conference, held on the third day of the World Energy Congress, saw the participation of distinguished figures, including H.E. Rob Jetten, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Climate and Energy Policy of the Netherlands, Pankaj Agarwal, Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Government of India, alongside senior representatives from various countries and organizations.

Secretary Pankaj Agarwal underscored India’s significant role in COP28, emphasizing its position as a policy catalyst in the global energy transition. He highlighted the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration as evidence of India’s commitment to doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvements annually and tripling the global renewable capacity by 2030. Agarwal commended India’s Mission LiFE for advocating sustainable lifestyles, reflecting the consensus reached at COP27 and G20 forums. Additionally, he outlined COP28’s recognition of transitioning towards carbon neutrality, with a focus on Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) and green hydrogen.

Agarwal elucidated the complexity of managing energy transitions, stressing the importance of inclusive approaches. He emphasized the role of technology deployment and cooperation, citing tools such as the Revamped India Energy Security Scenarios (IESS) 2047 dashboard, which aids informed decision-making. The Secretary reiterated the significance of balancing energy security, access, and sustainability, citing initiatives like the PM-KUSUM Scheme and solar rooftop programs as promoters of environmental sustainability and job creation. He also highlighted the Indian Carbon Market as a pivotal tool in advancing sustainability efforts.

Furthermore, Agarwal emphasized the necessity of supporting developing countries in accessing financing and clean technologies to effectively navigate the energy trilemma.

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