India’s Science and Technology Minister held an online discussion with the UK Science Minister, during which the two addressed green energy collaboration between the two countries among other issues. The India-UK Science and Technology relationship is rapidly expanding, with a combined research programme that has grown from absolutely nothing to close to £300-400 million.
The minister stated that four technology value chains contribute about half of the cumulative carbon dioxide savings: technologies to widely electrify end-use sectors (such as advanced batteries); carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS); hydrogen and hydrogen-related fuels; and bioenergy, and he called for greater India-UK collaboration in clean and green energy areas. It was also mentioned that sectors such as inexpensive biomaterials, health data science, livestock research, and neuroscience as areas where officials and experts from both sides can talk and explore future collaboration opportunities.
According to the reports, India will join the G20 troika from December 1, 2021 and will hold the G20 presidency from December 1 2022, with India planning to host the G20 leaders’ summit for the first time in 2023. The S20 group (G-20’s Science track) has the primary role of engaging with all stakeholders in the spirit of collective foresight and developing science-based solutions to address humanity’s many issues.
The Indian government has established a number of flagship initiatives, including the national mission on interdisciplinary cyber physical systems, quantum computing and communication, national mission on supercomputing, deep ocean mission, electric mobility, and green hydrogen, among others.