EU-India Cooperation in ‘Climate and Energy’ webinar on EU Day

IIT Roorkee organized the 17th EU Day on April 22, 2021 with European Union on the theme of ‘Climate & Energy’ (see event program). EU Days are organised to widen the interaction with academic institutions and students to give them an insight into the EU project, its founding principles, and policies and programmes on a set of focused theme/s.

The focus of this EU Day, which took place on the international Earth Day, held on EU-India cooperation in the area of ‘Climate and Energy’, under the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership as agreed at the EU-India Summit in 2016. The webinar addressed inter alia the European context of climate and energy policies, including the recovery package, the European Green Deal, the different climate and energy policies and strategies, but also the research and innovation initiatives, while focusing on the different joint activities with India in the area of the clean energy transition (see also

In his opening address, Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, welcomed the EU Delegation and gave an overview of the institution. “While there is consensus among academia for solutions enabling environment protection and promoting clean energy, it is critical to communicate solutions in an effective manner to policy and decision makers. It is equally important to put these solutions within the current contexts of India’s science and technology policy and overarching policy framework. The EU’s climate change and clean energy projects are well aligned with India’s vision. It is critical that EU-India partnership is nurtured so that we can collectively solve problems that we cannot solve independently. The issues to be addressed by India-EU Clean Energy and Climate Partnership (CECP) project, have a strong overlap with the expertise available at IIT Roorkee. Today’s discussions will enable us to strengthen and catapult our collaborations with the EU institutes,” he said.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr Ugo Astuto, EU Ambassador to India highlighted the EU green recovery agenda, the central role of the European Green Deal and the importance of the EU and India working together in the area of climate change, biodiversity and circular economy.

Following are the panel discussions held during the webinar session and seven informative presentations were delivered by the European and Indian members:

Session I: EU-India Cooperation on Climate and Energy, focusing on the EU Green Deal, the EU energy system integration strategy and EU-India cooperation in the area of the clean energy transition

Addressed by Edwin KOEKKOEK , Counsellor Energy and Climate Action, EU Delegation to India

Panel Discussion, moderated by Prof. Anjan Sil


  • Prof. N.P. Padhy, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  • Prof. R. Gopichandran, Professor, NTPC School of Business, Sustainability and integrated mitigation & adaptation, Compliance assistance to multilateral environmental agreements, Chemical ecology & Science, technology & policy communication
  • Prof. C.S.P. Ojha, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Session II: EU Member State – India cooperation in the area of the Clean Energy Transition

Panel Discussion, moderated by Prof. Himanshu Jain


  • Ms Luisa Terranova, Counsellor in charge of Global Affairs, Political Section, Embassy of France and Mr Bruno Bosle, Country Director, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
  • Dr Antje Berger, Counsellor, Climate & Environment, Embassy of Germany and Dr Winfried Damm, Head of Indo-German Energy programme, GIZ
  • Mr Viggo Barmen, Second Secretary, Trade, Economic & Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden

Session III: Role of R&I in Climate and the Clean Energy Transition and EU-India cooperation opportunities for India under Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programme

Addressed by Tania Friederichs, Minister Counsellor, EU Delegation to India

Panel Discussion, moderated by Prof. Ankit Agarwal

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