Denmark introduces the Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI) to foster collaboration between Denmark and India in sustainable energy. Anchored by the Danish Embassy and Consulate General, GFAI aims to propel the Green Fuels sector, focusing on Green Hydrogen. Nine Danish organizations, including Maersk, have committed to GFAI, aligning with the nations' joint goals for carbon neutrality. The alliance is a key initiative under the 2020 Green Strategic Partnership between India and Denmark, contributing to India's 2070 carbon neutrality target and Denmark's 2050 goal.
Denmark charts a new era of collaboration with India through the announcement of the Green Fuels Alliance India (GFAI), a strategic initiative poised to accelerate sustainable energy solutions. Spearheaded by the Danish Embassy and Consulate General in India, GFAI aims to be a catalyst in advancing the Green Fuels sector, with a special emphasis on Green Hydrogen.
At the forefront of this alliance are nine trailblazing Danish organizations, including maritime giant Maersk, committed as founding members. The GFAI initiative aligns seamlessly with the Green Strategic Partnership (GSP) inked between India and Denmark in 2020, further reinforcing their joint commitment to ambitious climate targets.
The primary objective of GFAI is to cultivate an ecosystem promoting collaboration among businesses, government entities, research institutions, and financial stakeholders from both Indian and Danish sectors. This collaborative approach seeks to spur innovation, encourage partnerships, and foster sustainable energy growth in India.
The announcement is timely, coinciding with India's vigorous efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2070. Denmark, having secured the top spot in the global Climate Performance Ranking 2024, is also steadfastly progressing toward its carbon neutrality goal by 2050. GFAI emerges as a significant player in the larger narrative of global climate action.
Key features of GFAI include a Steering Committee, comprising Danish businesses, coordinated by the Secretariat at the Danish Consulate in Bangalore. An Advisory Board, consisting of industry experts, ensures that GFAI initiatives remain innovative and aligned with industry trends.
The alliance draws inspiration from collaborative initiatives such as the India-Denmark Energy Partnership, the National Green Hydrogen Mission, and joint R&D efforts on Green Fuels, including Green Hydrogen. The focus is on overcoming challenges in ensuring the availability of green energy and green fuel at cost-competitive levels, particularly crucial in the global shipping industry's net-zero journey.
Ambassador of Denmark to India, H.E. Freddy Svane, expresses optimism about this international collaboration's potential impact on the global green transition. He emphasizes the importance of joint contributions in inspiring and significantly aiding India's green development.
In a statement, Morten Bo Christiansen, Head of Energy Transition at A.P. Moller – Maersk, underscores the excitement of joining the GFAI as a founding member. Reflecting on Denmark's century-long business relations with India, Christiansen sees the alliance as an opportunity to leverage India's renewable energy potential and contribute to the global push for sustainable practices.
The unveiling of the Green Fuels Alliance India marks a significant stride in Danish-Indian collaboration for a sustainable future. With a robust foundation and a commitment to addressing global challenges, GFAI stands poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the trajectory of green energy growth in India, reinforcing the spirit of the Green Strategic Partnership.