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EU helps design India-initiated solar alliance's logo

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The (EU) on Friday transferred the logo of the India-initiated (ISA), designed by two European artists, to the Secretariat here.

According to an EU statement, EU to Tomasz Kozlowski, Interim Director General and in the and (MNRE) were present at the logo-transferring ceremony.

"The logo was designed and developed by EU experts and under the for MNRE," the statement said.

Launched by and then French at the climate summit in 2015, the ISA was conceived as a coalition of solar resource-rich countries to address their special and provide a platform to collaborate on dealing with the identified gaps through a common, agreed approach.

It is open to all 121 prospective member countries falling between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

The ISA logo transferred on Friday consists of 121 dots, each dot representing one of the 121 counties who can be part of the alliance with shared ambition to reduce the cost of and technology, mobilise over $1,000 billion of investments needed by 2030 for massive deployment of solar energy, and to pave the way for future technologies adapted to the needs, according to Friday's EU statement.

"Sustainable development is at the heart of EU-relations and we are well advanced in our and climate partnership," Kozlowski said at the ceremony.

"The EU and are committed to implementing the (Climate) Agreement and are collaborating closely in the area of off-shore wind, solar parks, roof-top solar, urbanisation, circular economy, waste management. We are looking at formalising our support to the ISA in the coming months."

In his remarks, Tripathy said that closer cooperation between the EU and the ISA demonstrates the shared commitment to tackle climate change.

"Solar power has huge potential to provide affordable and in solar rich countries," he said.

"Working with the is crucial to mobilise and share technical expertise. The European Union's unique experience of successfully supporting development in its member countries as well as in the will enhance the efforts of the ISA in the years ahead."

India has 20 GW of installed solar capacity - one of the fastest growing in the The country has increased its solar power capacity by about eight times over the past four years.

India's wind power generation capacity is 32.8 GW. It aims to achieve 175 GW of by 2022, of which 100 GW will be solar.

The EU statement said that taking the EU-India partnership forward, the continental bloc will also develop an sharing platform/repository called "infopedia" for ISA, which will promote access to solar power in a regional and sub-regional context among the ISA member countries.

"The EU is also supporting ISA through which is also the largest in the world," it stated.



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First Published: Fri, May 11 2018. 21:58 IST