On June 22, 2023, the United States government, represented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Indian Railways announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat climate change and achieve Indian Railways’ target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. Under this MOU, the collective expertise, resources, and innovation of the two partners will be leveraged to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage technologies, aligning with the net-zero goal. Together, USAID and Indian Railways aim to develop sustainable solutions that enhance energy efficiency, reduce carbon footprints, and ensure a greener future for railway operations.
USAID Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman and Indian Railways Board Member Naveen Gulati signed the MOU, on June 14, 2023, in the presence of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Indian Railways, Anil Kumar Lahoti.
USAID and Indian Railways have a longstanding partnership focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting energy security, and advancing sustainable practices. This partnership has included the installation of solar panels and energy-efficient lighting and appliances at approximately 1,000 railway stations across India. Moreover, it is part of a broader collaboration between the United States and India in transitioning to affordable and sustainable energy sources that drive economic growth, support healthcare systems, and foster climate-resilient investments. The MOU further reinforces this robust climate change and clean energy partnership, contributing to both national and global climate targets.