Indian MPs learn about Germany’s climate policy

February 02, 2017

Berlin: As India plans to implement its own sustainable low-carbon initiatives, the parliamentarians have been keen to get impulses from Germany on how to support the market development of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

From the 7th to the 10th of November, seven Indian Members of Parliament (MPs) participated in an information visit in and around Berlin to learn from Germany’s experiences with energy transition.

Commissioned by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Renewables Academy (RENAC) in cooperation with the international parliamentary network Climate Parliament compiled a programme, which presented Germany’s energy and climate policies from the legislative and the executive perspectives. The trip included visits to four federal ministries and a regulator, as well as meetings with representatives from private industry, the finance sector, think-tanks and civil society.

Among other institutions, the MPs visited the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). They also held meetings with representatives from different political parties at the German Parliament, with the energy think-tank Agora Energiewende, with the Federation of German Industries and the German Solar Association. During a field trip, the MPs also had the opportunity to see renewable energy installations in operation at the village of Feldheim, which is fully self-sufficient in terms of its energy supply.

With vast natural resources, India presents excellent conditions for the successful deployment of renewable energy technologies. Among the many advantages renewable energy could bring to the country, all MPs have highlighted that these technologies enable electricity access, cut carbon emissions, reduce pollution levels in the air and contribute to job creation. As highlighted by Dr. Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, “capacity building is essential for the growth of the renewable energy industry”. With the right know-how, it will be possible to leverage its enormous potential.

RENAC, based in Berlin, is a leading international provider of training and capacity building in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Since 2008, RENAC has worked with more than 6,800 participants from 145 countries worldwide.

The delegation consisted of members of different political parties in India with the common goal of “bringing renewable energy to India as fast as possible”, as formulated by Rakesh Singh, a delegation member from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Other delegation MPs included Vincent Pala (Indian National Congress), P V Midun Reddy (Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party), Arka Keshari Deo (Biju Janata Dal), Dr Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar (All India Trinamool Congress), Conrad Kongkal Sangma (National People Party) and Riti Pathak (Bharatiya Janata Party). “This trip has been a fantastic experience”, said Vincent Pala, “we have the knowledge now to advise others about the benefits of renewable energy for our country”.

The Climate Parliament is an international cross-party network of legislators, dedicated to preventing climate change and promoting renewable energy. They support parliamentarians to undertake initiatives at national and regional level to help accelerate the global renewable switch at the speed and scale required.