IEA and India benefit from a long, ongoing bilateral relationship build on cooperation in a broad range of areas including energy security, energy statistics, energy efficiency, energy market analysis, implementation agreements and energy technology. The co-operation was first formalised as early as in 1998 with the signing of the Declaration of Cooperation covering important issues related to energy security and energy statistics. Since then the relationship has developed further through the endorsement of three Joint Statements, the last one in 2013. The Joint Statement covers areas mutual interest to the IEA and India and helps facilitate cooperation on different levels and under various topics within the energy field. A priority area of co-operation is oil and gas security and the IEA and the Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Gas signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2011. This is the first time the IEA signs an MoU with a partner country in the area of emergency preparedness.
Over the last years high level policy dialogue has been more frequent, which was visible when three ministers participated when the IEA in partnership with the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) held a workshop in New Delhi to gather expert advice to the upcoming World Energy Outlook (WEO). The WEO special report on India is to be launched in November 2015.
The IEA and India also have a longstanding collaboration in energy efficiency and have organised several joint workshops. In 2015 the IEA together with the Indian Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) helped bringing in international expertise to help moving regulations for Heavy Duty Vehicles forward.