Who is India's Important Partner in Energy Transition?

Thierry Berthelot, France's Consul General in Bengaluru, underlined France's deep commitment to India's sustainability transition through various collaboration efforts.


Berthelot France's vital role in India's energy transformation during a session on 'New Mobility Solutions and Green Energy' at The India Advantage Summit. This includes promoting low-carbon energy deployment, nurturing a green hydrogen sector, and improving energy efficiency in transmission and distribution networks. Notably, a bilateral green hydrogen roadmap has been formed.

Berthelot France's collaboration on green mobility, including investments in a transport system that complements public transit options and a focus on non-motorized mobility modes. The implementation of the City Investments To Innovate, Integrate, and Sustain (CITIIS) program in a number of Indian cities demonstrates France's commitment to climate change resilience and green mobility, with specific initiatives receiving financial backing.

In other news, Gensol Engineering has been awarded a contract for NHPC's Kargil Green Hydrogen Mobility Station EPC Project, which involves the installation of a 500-kW solar power system for a hydrogen refueling station. Meanwhile, the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) report highlights India's vast rooftop solar potential, estimating that 25 crore households could install 637 GW of solar capacity, with financial incentives and awareness campaigns recommended to encourage rooftop solar installations. Furthermore, Poland is slated to receive 5.1 billion euros from the EU under the REPowerEU plan to reduce reliance on Russian fossil fuels, subject to rule of law concerns being addressed.