The IEA and India benefit from a long, ongoing bilateral relationship built on co-operation in a broad range of areas including energy security, statistics, efficiency, market analysis, implementation agreements and technology. The co-operation was first formalised as early as 1998 with the signing of the Declaration of Cooperation covering important issues related to energy security and statistics. Since then the relationship has developed further through the endorsement of three Joint Statements, the last one in 2013. That Joint Statement covers areas of mutual interest to the IEA and India and helps facilitate co-operation at different levels and under various topics within the energy field. A priority area for co-operation is oil and gas security, and the IEA and the Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Gas signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2011. This was the first time that the IEA signed a MoU with a key partner country in the area of emergency preparedness. The IEA published "World Energy Outlook 2015" which features a special report on India's energy outlook. In 2016, the National Institution for the Transformation of India (NITI) Aayog and the IEA signed a Statement of Intent to enhance co-operation in numerous fields including forecasting and data.
In March 2017, after a series of intensive consultations with all the relevant ministries, India joined the IEA as an Association country. This was a major milestone for global energy governance and another major step towards the IEA becoming a truly global energy organisation and strengthening ties with the key energy players. Since then, Indian delegations have actively participated in IEA committees, meetings and workshops. The IEA launches major publications in New Delhi to share our findings with Indian energy communities and policy-makers.
The IEA and India also have a long-standing collaboration in energy efficiency and have organised several joint workshops. In 2015, the IEA together with the Indian Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) helped bring in international expertise to support the development of regulations for Heavy Duty Vehicles.
The IEA and India also collaborate in renewable energy. In September 2015, the IEA with the support of the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, organised a workshop exploring key considerations for implementing a national wind energy technology roadmap in India.