Indian Railways (IR) has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United States Agency for International Development/India (USAID/India), a US federal government agency, on June 14. The MoU aims to collaborate on renewable energy and energy efficiency to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
- The MoU was signed by Naveen Gulati, Member (Traction and Rolling Stock), Railway Board, Indian Railways, and Isabel Coleman, Deputy Administrator, USAID.
- The Ministry of Railways announced the agreement as part of Indian Railways’ commitment to reducing carbon footprints and taking several initiatives in this regard.
- The agreement was signed between Indian Railways, the Government of India, and USAID/India.
- The goal of the agreement is to collaborate on renewable energy and energy efficiency to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030.
- The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focuses on providing technical assistance and building a support network for Indian Railways.
- Long-term energy planning, with an emphasis on adopting clean energy methods, is a key aspect of the collaboration.
- Clean energy procurement planning is included to support Indian Railways’ carbon emission reduction goals.
- The agreement also covers bid design and bid management support for large-scale renewable procurement aligned with system-friendly practices.
- Technical support will be provided to address regulatory and implementation barriers, facilitating the integration of clean energy solutions.
- The promotion of e-mobility is highlighted as another area of support in the agreement.
- Indian Railways and USAID/India will jointly organize events, conferences, and capacity-building programs.
- The agreement facilitates field visits and study tours within India and internationally to foster knowledge exchange and practicallearning experiences.
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