In an agreement that largely flew under the radar during Obama’s trip to Asia–so much so that Clean Technica has called it a “secret deal”–the US and India will cooperate on a huge swath of green measures designed to reduce carbon emissions and stimulate clean energy development. Those measures include instituting a joint US/India research project for renewable energy, US assistance mapping the entire Indian subcontinent for solar potential, and that the Obama administration will help India set up its National Environmental Protection Authority–its version of the EPA.
The India/US Clean Energy Deal
* A new Initiative will include a Joint Research Center operating in both the United States and India to foster innovation and joint efforts to accelerate deployment of clean energy technologies.
* The U.S. National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) will partner with India’s Solar Energy Centre to develop a comprehensive nation-wide map of solar energy potential.
* The U.S. and India will increase cooperation on unconventional natural gas including on coal bed methane, natural gas hydrates, and shale gas
* The two countries will also work to reduce emissions from land use, including deforestation, forest degradation, enhanced sequestration, and sustainable management of forests.