The United Kingdom is looking to invest $1.2 billion through public and private investments in green projects in India, in order to support India, meet its target of generating 450 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy (RE) by 2030.
India’s finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman and the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announced the partnership at the 11th Economic and Financial Dialogue between India and the UK.
Sunak and Sitharaman also launched the Climate Finance Leader Initiative (CFLI) India Partnership to mobilize private capital into sustainable infrastructure in India, including solar, wind, and other green technologies. The UN special envoy on climate ambition and solutions, Michael Bloomberg chaired the CFLI India Partnership.
As a part of the package, CDC Group, the UK’s development finance institution and impact investor, will invest $1 billion in Indian green projects between 2022-2026. With this, CDC’s existing investment portfolio in the Indian private sector stands at $1.99 billion.
Both governments will make a joint investment to support companies providing innovative green tech solutions and a $200 million private and multilateral investment into the joint UK-India Green Growth Equity Fund, which invests in the Indian renewable energy sector.
“With trade negotiations also coming up, our agreement to be ambitious when considering services will create new opportunities in both markets, supporting jobs and investment in the UK and India,” Sunak added.
Earlier this year, the CDC Group announced a $30 million facility to Tata Cleantech Capital Limited (TCCL) through CDC’s directed green lending facility. The facility is expected to help TCCL enhance efforts to avoid greenhouse gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency and e-mobility solutions. In January 2020, India had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department for International Development (DFID-Government of United Kingdom) to facilitate the Indian Railways’ energy self-sufficiency.