India organized the First Meeting of BRICS Senior Energy Officials on 20-21 May 2021 under its presidency of BRICS for the year 2021. Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power chaired the virtual meetings through video conferencing. The two-day event had senior energy officials from all the BRICS nations. Additional Secretary (IC), M/o Power provided the key note address for the meeting.

On Day 1, representatives from BRICS nations introduced their priority areas of cooperation within the Energy Research Cooperation Platform (ERCP) and focal points for work-streams of the BRICS ERCP. India decided to work on three priority areas: Renewable Energy; Energy Efficiency; and Smart Grid. During Day 1 Senior Officials from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO), Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, National Smart Grid Mission, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) and Convergence Energy Services Ltd gave an overview on Renewable Energy, Smart Grid and Electric Mobility scenario of the Country.

On Day 2, representatives from each partner nation gave overview of their national energy sector development. During the meeting, member countries agreed in-principle on India’s proposal for updated version of report on BRICS energy sector. India also proposed to prepare a BRICS Energy Technology Report with few additional priority areas and a BRICS Energy Research Directory.

During the meeting, senior energy officials also discussed the informal consultations and possible coordination among BRICS representatives or delegates to UN High Level Dialogue on Energy, G20, WEC, Energy Efficiency Hub, Clean Energy Ministerial and other international institutions as appropriate.

The BRICS delegates appreciated the initiatives taken by India to strengthen the ERCP and also acknowledged the work done by India in field Renewable Energy, Smart Grid and Energy Efficiency.