USA becomes 101st member country of ISA:



USA becomes 101st member country of ISA:

Why in the news?

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry formally signed the ISA framework agreement on November 10, 2021 during the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

 Key highlights:

  • "This move will strengthen ISA and propel future action on providing a clean source of energy to the world."
  • The U.S is now the 101st country to sign the framework agreement of the ISA.
  • Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav, who was present at the signing of the framework agreement.
  • Emphasised on the urgency of action to provide financial and technological support from the developed countries to the developing ones to ensure Climate Justice

Additional information:

What is ISA?

  •   ISA, known as the International Solar Alliance.
  •   It is an international organization comprising 98 member countries that have signed the ISA Framework Agreement.
  • The ISA has been established as a coalition of solar-rich countries between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
  •  The ISA aims to help governments across the world in improving energy access and security around the globe while promoting solar energy as a sustainable way to transition to a carbon-neutral future.
  •   The ISA was launched in Paris, France on November 30, 2015. It is headquartered in Gurugram, India.

What is OSOWOG?

  • India along with the United Kingdom had launched the Green Grids Initiative – One Sun One World One Grid on November 2, 2021 during the World Leaders Summit of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.
  •   It is an initiative by India to interconnect global renewable energy systems with the vision ‘The Sun Never Sets’.
  •  The concept of OSOWOG is simply a single global grid for solar energy.
  •  The initiative was outlined by PM Narendra Modi during the 1st General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) in October 2018.

 OSOWOG aims to build and scale-up inter-regional energy grids to share solar energy across borders, leverage the differences between time zones, seasons, pricing, and resources of different countries.

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