New Delhi, Apr 30 (IBNS) Joint Statement on the Fifth India-Japan Energy Dialogue
H.E. Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India and H.E. Mr. Yukio Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan held the 5th meeting of the India-Japan Energy Dialogue on April 30, 2012 in New Delhi. Senior officials of the relevant ministries and departments of both countries participated in the discussions. The two sides welcomed the progress achieved so far in the four previous rounds of the Energy Dialogue and in the deliberations of the various Working Groups. They appreciated the sector-specific discussions by experts of both India and Japan and the progress made in various areas of cooperation.
2.The two sides reached a common recognition that it is important for the two countries to cooperate with each other in the energy efficiency and conservation sector, and welcomed that the meeting of "Energy Efficiency and Conservation Working Group" under the India-Japan Energy Dialogue was held in India in January 2012.
3.The two sides decided at this meeting to intensify cooperation in energy efficiency and conservation sector as well as environmental issues. They welcomed the ongoing cooperation for energy conservation by the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) with the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). They appreciated the development and dissemination of energy conservation audit manual for high energy-consuming industries such as the textile industry and the iron and steel industry through dispatch of experts and training of accepted trainees. Furthermore, they confirmed the need to expand the process of consultation between the public and private sectors to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, mainly in energy efficiency and conservation as well as environmental issues. They also confirmed the need to continue the study that was conducted in 2011 concerning the list of Japan's energy-saving and environmental technologies to be supported for enhanced use of energy-saving technologies in the Indian iron and steel industry.
4.The two sides decided to consider the possibility of further cooperation in the establishment of statistics database in the sector concerned, including high energy-consuming industries where energy consumption have been growing in India in recent years. Additionally, taking into consideration that the energy demand in the transport sector is increasing in proportion to the economic growth in India, they decided that they will discuss the possibility of cooperation in the said sector. They also decided to cooperate for promotion of energy conservation in local and small-to-medium businesses. They also reconfirmed the importance of the Regional Energy Efficiency Center (REEC) projects in promoting working-level energy conservation in India. They decided to explore the possibility of establishment of a 2nd REEC in India.
5 DThe two ministers welcomed that the coke dry quenching equipment (CDQ) demonstration project and diesel generator fuel-switching demonstration project equipment by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) were completed in 2011.
6.The two sides shared the recognition that it is important and useful to closely cooperate in the development of infrastructure in the sector of electricity and energy such as deployment of highly efficient coal-fired power generation, pumped-storage power generation and power transmission systems, in order to cope with a rapid increase of electricity demand in India and promote sustainable economic growth with consideration given to environmental issues. They welcomed the progress of the project for advising the renovation of equipment and facilities of thermal power plants, which includes surveys that have been done at four sites to date with the aim of efficiency improvement of coal-fired power plants and environmental improvement in India. They also welcomed the training activities for transfer of Clean Coal Technology (CCT) which have continued since the year 2001, and that a total of 136 Indian trainees had been trained in Japan by 2011.
7.The two sides welcomed that the model project by NEDO to reduce ash content in Indian coal by using efficient coal preparation technology is advancing well on a commercial scale. They expressed the hope that the model project will be completed by 2012 and this technology will come into wider use based on the outcome of the project.
8.The two sides confirmed that it is important for the two countries to cooperate with each other in the renewable energy sector, and welcomed that the meeting of "Renewable Energy Working Group" under the India-Japan Energy Dialogue was held in India in January 2012.
9.The two sides welcomed the progress of the "Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Smart Community Initiative" to develop next-generation energy infrastructure in an integrated manner by making use of Japan's environmental and IT technologies such as photovoltaic power generation, smart grid, smart urban traffic system, water control, recycling and treatment and others which are also important from an energy point of view. The two sides will explore possibilities of making these technologies come into wide use in India. They also welcomed the "National Solar Mission" that is mainly aimed at establishing photovoltaic power generation facilities with a total capacity of 22 GW by 2022, and decided they will discuss the possibility of contribution by Japan's technologies and products.
10.Considering the big share of India and Japan in the world's demand of LNG, the two sides confirmed that the two countries could play an important role in expanding the market in the future, while ensuring the stability and transparency of the market. They confirmed they will work on methane hydrates.
11.The two sides reiterated the importance of civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries. They affirmed the need to cooperate to enhance nuclear safety based on the experience and the lessons learned from the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
12.The two sides confirmed the need to promote industrial cooperation between the two countries to expand bilateral energy cooperation on a commercial basis. From this point of view, they welcomed that the 4th India-Japan Energy Forum was held in India in January 2012.
13.The two sides recognized that the reinforcement of energy security in the East Asian region is the highest priority issue in this region. Based on this recognition, they decided that it is important to promote measures for reinforcement of energy cooperation in East Asia with the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) as the central organisation as decided at the East Asia Summit (EAS) Energy Ministers' Meeting held in September 2011. They confirmed that the two countries will exercise leadership in the East Asian region and positively support ERIA to encourage the introduction of clean coal technology (CCT) in India and have ERIA start research activities to create East Asian electricity networks.
14.The two sides stressed that the bilateral cooperation in the framework of India-Japan Energy Dialogue should not be limited to the above-mentioned activities, and such cooperation should be further deepened. They decided to hold the sixth India-Japan Energy Dialogue in Japan in the latter part of 2012.