India calls for speedier expansion of ISA

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar, urged more nations to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and accelerate the production of non-fossil fuel energy

December 9, 2019

The Minister acknowledged the progress made by the ISA in amplifying the scale of renewable energy production as well as the successful bidding of assets

Renewable currently represents 37 per cent of India’s total energy capacity. India aims to have 40 per cent of energy capacity from renewable energy

The ISA aims to amplify global solar production by tapping into the potential of nations located in between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn

As of October 2019, ISA’s framework agreement has been ratified by a total of 83 nations with the newest member nations being Eritrea and St Kitts

The Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Sh Prakash Javadekar, in his address to the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25) in Madrid on December 9, urged more nations to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and accelerate the production of non-fossil fuel energy in the face of increasing global demand. The minister also acknowledged the significant progress made by the Alliance on amplifying the scale of renewable energy production as well as the successful bidding that ensued with regard to the tender for solar agriculture pumps. 

While emphasising on the importance of eliminating fuel extraction through fossil resources, the minister briefly outlined India’s strategy as he remarked “all countries need to do it because the target of UNFCCC is to do away with (the) use of all fossil fuels, not only coal. We (India) have today 37 per cent energy capacity through renewables. We want to increase it because our energy demand is rising so we have decided to have 40 percent of energy capacity through renewable energy – solar, wind, bio-waste.” 

The International Solar Alliance was established with the ambition of amplifying global solar energy production by tapping into the potential of the nations located in between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. The framework agreement outlines the Alliance’s concerns through the mobilization of ‘more than US$1 trillion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy, and pave the way for future technologies.’ 

As of October 2019, ISA’s framework agreement has been ratified by a total of 83 nations with the newest member nations being Eritrea and St Kitts. The Alliance aims to make affordable and reliable solar energy solutions accessible to all citizens through several programmes and initiatives. A noteworthy programme in recent times is one that facilitates the installation of rooftop solar cells in the nations of Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Rwanda to amplify the pace at which the solar energy is produced worldwide.