Rosatom discussed the BRICS energy transition skills at the Africa Energy Indaba 2024


A team of BRICS energy experts are seen here exploring energy solutions for the world's emerging economic power-house

CAPE TOWN, (CAJ News) – AS a part of the Africa Energy Indaba 2024 the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa and EW SETA together with the Russian Energy Agency held a presentation of the BRICS Energy Transition Skills Report 2023 in Cape Town.

The new BRICS report describes the current state of energy skills in the BRICS countries and the challenges faced by the regions in ensuring the development of energy abilities. Rosatom, as a member of the report’s Steering Committee under the BRICS Energy Research Cooperation Platform (ERCP) and a partner, assessed the findings of the document and provided its perspective.

“While maintaining succession in the group, together we’re developing the initiative launched under the South African Chairship on training in the energy sector. In 2024, we intend to continue our work to implement the recommendations of the BRICS Energy Transition Skills Report prepared under the BRICS Energy Platform. Under the Russian BRICS Presidency 2024, we plan to hold a BRICS seminar on human resources development and skills for the energy transition along with production of a video training course on the BRICS just energy transition”, noted Ms Olga Yudina, Russian Energy Agency’s Director of the Department of International Cooperation.

On behalf of Ms Tatiana Terentyeva, Deputy Director General for HR of ROSATOM, Ms Evdokiya Polyakovskaya, PR Manager at Rosatom Central and Southern Africa, spoke at the event.

“Recognizing that for the BRICS countries, the global energy transition is both an opportunity and a challenge, last year, under South Africa’s BRICS Chairship, together with our partners at DMRE and EWSETA, we successfully conducted our first flagship research on the state of energy labor markets in BRICS and the skills needed for the energy transition. Some of the key trends show that BRICS countries are uniquely positioned to lead the clean energy transition, with their labor force accounting for more than 40% of the global population and their share of global energy production and consumption set to hit 41% by 2040”, noted Evdokiya Polyakovskaya.

The report identified key areas of cooperation to advance the energy transition in the BRICS countries.

Among them: sharing energy expertise through research and joint educational programs, including online courses, and deepening labor market integration through professional, academic and student mobility and recognition of qualifications. Rosatom’s representative concluded the speech by announcing the BRICS Seminar on Skills for Energy Transition, which will take place at the end of June this year in Obninsk.

For reference:
BRICS is an interstate group of ten countries that account for almost 30% of the world economy: Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Ethiopia and Egypt. Every year BRICS president country holds a summit where heads of state discuss opportunities to accelerate economic growth and ensure social stability.

The BRICS Energy Research Cooperation Platform (ERCP) is a mechanism for BRICS intergovernmental cooperation on energy studies launched in 2018 following the initiative of Russia. The objective of the platform is to ensure sustainable energy development through cooperation in energy research, technologies, innovations, as well as broad energy dialog in order to provide universal access to sustainable energy sources and strengthen energy security of the BRICS countries.

– CAJ News

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