On September 2, 2021, Minister of State (MoS) Krishan Pal Gurjar, Ministry of Power virtually chaired the 6th meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Energy Ministers 2021 under the Chairship of India.
- It was attended by the Energy ministers of BRICS and other delegates.
Adoption of Joint Communique:
The meeting saw an adoption of a joint communiqué consisting of the BRICS mutual Cooperation in Energy Access and Affordability; Cooperation in Energy Security and Clean Technology; Cooperation in Energy Efficiency; Cooperation for Energy Transitions; Cooperation in Renewable Energy.
- Under the BRICS Energy Cooperation Framework, the implementation of its Road Map up to 2025 will continue to be monitored by the Committee of Senior Energy Officials.
Concluding event of Energy Dialogue:
It should be noted that this meeting was the concluding event as part of the energy dialogue between member countries since April 2021. Under this dialogue, various events like hydrogen webinar, building energy efficiency and battery storage were conducted with the participation of a large number of experts from BRICS nations.
i.Emphasis were laid upon the need of promoting energy efficiency and renewables to climate change effects.
ii.The efforts of energy professionals from BRICS nations were appreciated ensuring regular power supply despite COVID-19 adverse impacts.
iii.India reiterated its focus on the ‘one sun, one world, one grid’ initiative proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- Under Power ‘Power for All’ by 2022, India achieved universal access. A total of 28 million consumers added in 18 months, a fastest expansion of access anywhere in the world.
Launch of BRICS Energy Reports & Directory 2021:
The MoS also virtually launched the BRICS Energy Report 2021, BRICS Energy Technology Report 2021, and BRICS Energy Research Directory 2021.
Points to be noted:
i.For 2022, the Presidency of BRICS will be taken over by China.
ii.The 25th World Energy Congress (WEC) will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia in October 2022.
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About BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa):
2021 Chair– India
Theme for India’s Chairship– ‘BRICS @ 15: Intra-BRICS Cooperation for Continuity, Consolidation and Consensus’