IEA and India benefit from a long, ongoing bilateral relationship built on co-operation in a broad range of areas including energy security, statistics, efficiency, market analysis, implementation agreements and technology. The co-operation was first formalised as early as 1998 with the signing of the Declaration of Cooperation covering important issues related to energy security and 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 of mutual interest to the IEA and India and helps facilitate co-operation at different levels and under various topics within the energy field. A priority area for 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 was the first time that the IEA signed a MoU with a partner country in the area of emergency preparedness.
Over the last few years, high level policy dialogue has been more frequent, which was shown when three ministers participated in the IEA/National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) workshop in New Delhi to gather expert advice for the upcoming World Energy Outlook (WEO). The WEO special report on India will 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 bring in international expertise to support the development of regulations for Heavy Duty Vehicles forward.
The IEA and India also collaborate in renewable energy. In September 2015, the IEA with the support of the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, organised a workshop exploring key considerations for implementing a national wind energy technology roadmap in India.”