The first meeting of the BRICS Working Group on “Energy
Saving and Energy Efficiency” will be held in Visakhapatnam during 4th-5th
July, 2016. Participation from all BRICS countries, viz., Brazil, Russia, China
and South Africa has been confirmed.
During the two day deliberations, the BRICS countries will
make presentations on measures taken by them in the field of energy saving and
energy efficiency. India will also showcase its efforts in energy saving,
energy efficiency, in particular the LED street lighting programme and PAT (Performance Achievement & Trade) programme for
Industrial energy efficiency.
Realising that BRICS brings together five major emerging
economies and keeping the energy growth scenario of BRICS nations in view, the Working
Group on Energy Saving & Energy Efficiency will deliberate on a Work Plan
on development of cooperation in energy saving &energy efficiency within
BRICS. During the meeting, a Joint Statement will be agreed upon which will be
a guiding tool for the BRICS Working Group on “Energy Saving and Energy
India has assumed the BRICS chair for 2016
and will accordingly shape and steer the BRICS agenda wherein several sectoral
meetings/activities will be hosted across various cities in the country, which
apart from being innovative will also serve the purpose of branding India
globally. Consequently, Ministry of Power will host the meeting of the
Working Group on “Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency”and will also showcase
Energy Saving initiatives in the country.
The meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Energy was held in
Moscow on 20th November 2015, wherein the BRICS energy Ministers
signed a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding in Energy Saving and Energy
Efficiency, agreed to pursue their energy cooperation through joint research
and technology projects; technology transfer; conferences, lectures and
seminars; and exchange of experience and best practices. The Ministers also
decided to create a Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency to
coordinate their cooperation.