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India and Iceland Discuss Mutual Cooperation on Renewable Energy

Shri Vilas Muttemwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Non Conventional Energy Sources concluded a two-day visit to the Republic of Iceland on June 14. His visit was mainly intended to participate in the third Global Roundtable on Climate Change held on June 12 & 13 in Reykjavik capital city of Iceland. In his address to the Roundtable, Minister articulated India's position on climate change related issues. He also informed them about recent achievements of India's renewable energy programme as well as our future plans in this regard.

Apart from participating in the Roundtable, Shri Muttemwar also interacted with Iceland's top leadership. He had a breakfast meeting with Mr Olafor Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland that focused on ways to promoting bilateral synergy in renewable energy sectors, specially in Geo-Thermal and Hydrogen Energy sectors. He had meetings with Mr Geir Haarde, Foreign Minister who is to take over as Prime Minister of Iceland shortly. In addition, he also met Mrs Valgerdur Sverrisdottir, Minister of Industry & Commerce, who is to take over as Foreign Minister on June 15. During these meetings, the two sides reviewed the bilateral relations in general and those in renewable energy in particular. They expressed satisfaction that the bilateral ties are rapidly gaining substance.

It is relevant to note that Iceland has acquired niche competence in renewable energy in sectors such as Geo Thermal and Hydrogen Energy. Over 70% of country's energy needs are currently supplied by renewable energy. This is the highest level in the world.

On 15th June, 2006 Shri Muttemwar will visit Germany to have a meeting with Germany Wind Energy Association and Industries for holding discussions for joint manufacturing of Wind Energy Systems and Components. On 16th June, 2006 the Minister of State for Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Shri Vilas Muttemwar will meet German Minister of Environment, Conservation and Industries in Berlin for holding discussions on matters of mutual cooperation between the two countries in the field of Renewable Energy.

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