Indian Railways has recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the United States Agency for International Development/India (USAID/India) to foster collaboration in the realms of renewable energy and energy efficiency. In a statement issued by the Ministry of Railways, it was revealed that the MoU aims to extend technical assistance and support to Indian Railways.
The scope of the MoU encompasses various facets, including long-term energy planning, particularly emphasizing the integration of clean energy within the railway sector. Furthermore, the agreement entails technical backing to overcome regulatory and implementation obstacles. This comprehensive collaboration seeks to facilitate the formulation of an energy efficiency policy and action plan for Indian Railways’ infrastructural facilities, along with strategizing for the procurement of clean energy, all in alignment with the railways’ vision of achieving net-zero emissions.
Moreover, the partnership with USAID will contribute to the promotion of e-mobility within the Indian Railways system. By working in tandem, Indian Railways and USAID aim to propel the railways’ endeavors to achieve a net-zero carbon footprint by the year 2030.