The University of Pennsylvania School of Design has bestowed its top prize in energy policy to Piyush Goyal, India's minister for Coal and Railways.
The University's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy will award the fourth annual Carnot Prize to Goyal on Friday, October 19.
A press release from the center said that Goyal was recognized for his fast-track effort to electrify 18000 villages of remote India and bridging the country's energy divide.
Goyal, the release added had been instrumental in reforming India's power markets and expanding renewable energy, in an effort to meet the country's Paris Agreement targets.
"Although India is the world's fourth top CO2 emitter, the country is currently at 20 per cent renewables and is on solid footing to reach a 40 per cent renewable mix by 2030," the release added.
Mark Alan Hughes, a founding faculty director for the Kleinman Center said Goyal's efforts demonstrated what it took to create a just energy transition courage amidst complexity.
The Carnot Prize is named in memory of French scientist Sadi Carnot, who in 1824 published Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire, which is recognised as the first statement of what is now known as the second law of thermodynamics.
Carnot recognized that the power of the steam engine would produce a great revolution in human development. The Carnot Prize is intended to honour those leading revolutions in energy policy to further progress and prosperity.