India-Sweden’s cooperation in the energy sector will go a long way in achieving the goal of a fossil fuel-free economy, said Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday and emphasized that India is looking for technical solutions for clean energy.
When he gave the inaugural speech at the eighth meeting of India-Sweden’s Innovation Day on the theme ‘Accelerating India Sweden Green Transition’, he also said that a new joint call for circular economy, including health sciences and waste to wealth, was made by the Department of Science. and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Swedish Vinnova during 2021-2022.
Singh said that cooperation in the energy sector was identified as an important area during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Stockholm in April 2018 when India is looking for technical solutions for clean energy.
He noted that DST and the Swedish Energy Agency have prepared and launched a call for proposals for industrial research and development in this sector and received 20 industry-led proposals that are at an advanced stage of processing. ” We may implement final projects soon, ” said the Prime Minister (independent responsible) at the Ministry of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.
Singh said that following Prime Minister Modi’s visit, scientific cooperation was reviewed at the official level by a joint committee. It identified several important themes for science and technology collaboration such as smart cities, clean technology, digitization, including the “Internet of Things”, machine learning, circular economy, Singh said. DST and the Swedish Ministry of Business and Innovation implement these, he said.
The joint call was made by the two countries’ prime ministers during their bilateral meeting on March 5, 2021, which resulted in 22 projects and three joint projects being recommended from both sides for funding, the minister said.
Singh said that a new joint call for circular economy, including health sciences and waste to wealth, was made by DST, DBT and Swedish Vinnova in 2021-2022.
He said that the Indian Council of Medical Research and Swedish FORTE have also agreed to launch the new call 2021-2022 on broad themes such as public health, prevention and health promotion as well as the provision of elderly care. In addition, DBT is already engaged with Swedish partners on incubator connections, digital healthcare and global bio India programs, which strengthens partnerships in the field of biotechnology.
In his speech, Ibrahim Baylan, Sweden’s Minister of Trade and Industry and Minister of Innovation, said that the Indo – Swedish cooperation continued even during the challenging times of the covid-19 pandemic.
He said that the number of scientific collaborations has increased since 2018 and called for finding new solutions, new resilience to develop a sustainable society. Baylan said that Sweden is working hard to become a fossil fuel-free economy and develop new climate-neutral technology products.
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