Andhra Pradesh to host 2-day international conference of BRICS Working Group

By: | Published: July 3, 2016 4:31 PM

Andhra Pradesh will host a two-day international conference of the BRICS Working Group on 'Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency' in the port city Visakhapatnam from tomorrow.

Andhra Pradesh will host a two-day international conference of the BRICS Working Group on ‘Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency’ in the port city Visakhapatnam from tomorrow.

The central as well as the state government will showcase their efforts in energy saving and energy efficiency at the event in which delegates from Brazil, India, Russia, China and South Africa will take part, according to AP Principal Secretary (Energy and Infrastructure), Ajay Jain.

The successful LED street lighting programme of Visakhapatnam city would be specially showcased to the visiting delegates, he said after briefing Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on the conference agenda and arrangements here.

By switching to the energy-efficient LED street lighting, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation could save electricity to the tune of 70 lakh units, translating to a saving of Rs 4.20 crore per annum.

“Consequent to the Conference of Parties–21 (COP-21) summit held in Paris, where the LED energy-efficient street lighting programme of Visakhapatnam was highlighted by the Union Ministry of Power, countries like China and Brazil evinced interest in exchanging global LED technologies by studying this successful model as part of international initiatives on Climate Change,” CEO of State Energy Conservation Mission A Chandrasekhara Reddy said.

The BRICS group comprises developing countries where the energy growth is expected to be large as compared to the developed nations.

In view of this growth scenario, the countries had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on energy saving and energy efficiency.

The MoU intends to pursue their energy cooperation through joint research and technology projects, technology transfer, conferences and exchange of experience and best practices.

It also includes specific common projects, applicable methods and instruments of energy saving promotion and energy efficiency increase in the BRICS economies.

The heads of delegations of the Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency will also agree on a Work Plan on Development of Cooperation in Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency within BRICS.

A joint statement, which will be a guiding tool for the BRICS efforts in energy saving and energy efficiency and consultation process in energy efficiency among the BRICS countries, is expected to be issued during the two-day conference, a communique from the State Energy Conservation Mission said.

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