The Union Cabinet was apprised of a Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).  The Agreement  was signed in January 2022.



  • The aim of the Agreement is to drive ambition, leadership and knowledge on green energy transitions based on renewable energy in India.
  • The Agreement will help India’s energy transition efforts and will also help the world in combating climate change.
  • The areas of cooperation as envisaged in the Strategic Partnership Agreement will support India in achieving its ambitious target of 500 GW of installed non-fossil fuel electricity capacity by 2030. This in-turn will promote Atmanirbhar Bharat.



The salient features of the Agreement include enhanced cooperation in the following areas —

  • Facilitating knowledge sharing from India on scaling-up renewable energy and clean energy technologies
  • Supporting India’s efforts on long term energy planning
  • Collaborating to strengthen the innovation climate in India
  • Moving towards cost-effective decarbonisation through catalysing development and deployment of green hydrogen.


About IRENA –

  • It is an intergovernmental organisation mandated to facilitate cooperation, advance knowledge, and promote the adoption and sustainable use of renewable energy.
  • It is the first international organisation to focus exclusively on renewable energy, addressing needs in both industrialised and developing countries.
  • It was founded in 2009 & its statute entered into force on 8 July 2010 and is headquartered in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi.
  • IRENA is an official United Nations observer.