Norway at International Climate Summit 2021

Team Norway in India was Partner Country at the International Climate Summit (ICS) held recently by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The part virtual/physical event saw attendance from the government, business leaders and environment institutions alike. The Norwegian delegation was led by the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru who addressed the gathering virtually.

Norway-India collaboration in Hydrogen is gaining momentum, with both countries working towards building a collaborative hydrogen ecosystem. This was highlighted with Norway’s Minister for Petroleum & Energy Tina Bru, sending a video message, and noting that the Indian government launching the national hydrogen mission signals “India could be a major player in hydrogen transition in the future”.

Ambassador Hans Jacob Frydenlund noted in his keynote address that “hydrogen is central to our industrial strategies because we want to do our part in curbing emissions nationally and globally and because we have comparative advantage in developing technology- based on prior experience, including from the oil & gas sector.” He added further that, “Norway is reducing emissions by at least 50 and towards 55 per cent by 2030. We’re committed to becoming a low emission society by 2050. Hydrogen is definitely part of our future”

The event also saw the launch of India’s Green Hydrogen Portal by the Minister of State of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Jitendra Singh; and launch of the knowledge book “Self-reliant India harnessing the power of hydrogen” - co-authored by scholars from Norway and India. Norwegian author Karen Landmark from Greenstat was also present at the launch.

India and Norway share ambitions for the transition to a green economy, to reduce carbon footprint and meet a growing global energy demand. Norwegian hydrogen companies have the technology, capability and mindset to provide India centric solutions, said Cristian V. Carter, Head of Innovation Norway, India. India is among the best-suited countries to produce green hydrogen from solar and wind energy and is also showing one of the fastest rates of growth in renewable energy capacity addition. “Together we can walk the green talk, develop a world leading energy partnership, and build a collaborative hydrogen ecosystem that will immensely benefit the industry, our countries and the world,” added Carter in his concluding remarks.

It was a productive day with participation from Norwegian companies including Greenstat, DNV, Statkraft, Equinor, Gexcon, SINTEF, Corvus, Hexagon Agility and Prototech. The day concluded with a look to the future with the setting up of the Centre of Excellence on hydrogen in India.

Watch the event proceedings here: