Union Cabinet gave its nod for India becomes a member country of International Energy Agency – Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES) by signing the Implementing Agreement (IA).
- The nodal agency for the membership would be Earth System Science Organisation – National Institute of Ocean Technology (ESSO-NIOT) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Benefits to India by becoming a member country of IEA-OES:
- India will have access to advanced R&D teams and technologies across the world.
- India will partner in developing test protocols along with other countries. This will help in testing Indian prototypes as per international requirements and norms.
- Joint cooperative programs with institutes of member countries could be taken up.
- India’s own research projects with specific targets can be taken up in conjunction with other countries.
About International Energy Agency:
The IEA is an inter-governmental organization with a broad role of promoting alternate energy sources (including renewable energy), rational energy policies and multinational energy technology cooperation and acts as energy policy advisor to 29 member countries.
About Ocean Energy Systems:
The OES, launched in 2001, is an intergovernmental collaboration between countries, which operates under framework established by the International Energy Agency.
- The initiative is meant to advance research, development and demonstration of technologies to harness energy from all forms of ocean renewable resources, as well as for other uses, such as desalination through international cooperation and information exchange.