Hélène Pelosse in India

11 September 2009| Articles

IRENA’s Interim Director General meets with the Minister for Renewable Energy and Chair of the IPCC, Rajendra K. Pachauri, and other stakeholders

Meeting Pelosse with Abdullah in India on 10.09.2009 Meeting Pelosse with Pachauri on 11.09.2009

Ms. Pelosse discussing with India’s         IRENA`s IDG meeting with Dr. Pachauri,   
Minister for New and Renewable             chair of the IPCC.               
Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah.
New Delhi, September 11, 2009 – Hélène Pelosse discussed India’s ambitious Solar Plan with India’s Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah. IRENA’s most populous member state aims at generating 20 GW from sunlight by 2020, starting from its current 2.12 MW. Through its National Solar Plan, India intends to reap the benefits of this future technology programme by establishing itself as a global leader in solar technology, which will in turn boost its national economy, and at the same time, empower the people at the grassroots level with locally produced energy. Pelosse commented: “This plan comes up with innovative policies and programs and could serve as an example for other countries. I am glad that Dr. Abdullah proposed to report on the Indian Solar Plan at the next meeting of IRENA’s signatory states in January 2010.”

During a meeting with Dr. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Pelosse underlined the need to closely involve the international scientific community with IRENA’s future work. “We are currently working on a cooperation concept to institutionalise collaboration between IRENA and outstanding scientists and research institutions. Dr. Pachauri offered to assist in this“, she said.  

As Interim Director General of IRENA, Pelosse was invited to attend the annual meeting of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century. Pelosse also met with representatives from the Indian Wind and Biomass Associations as well as the Indian Semiconductors Association.