09/26/2022
Decent Work in the Energy Transition Research Initiative Announced at BRICS Energy Ministers' Meeting

At the 7th meeting of BRICS Energy Ministers, Rosatom’s Deputy Director General for HR Ms Tatiana Terentyeva introduced the research initiative "BRICS Approach for Securing Decent Work in the Energy Transition".

The BRICS Energy Ministers’ Meeting is a high-level event of the five countries to discuss energy issues and highlight the results of joint efforts. In 2018, following the 3rd Ministerial Meeting, the five countries supported the Russian initiative to launch the BRICS Energy Research Cooperation Platform. Key task of the platform was to carry out independent information-exchange and analytical activities on energy in favor of the BRICS countries. Since 2020, BRICS ERCP has published annual analytical reports. This year, along with the BRICS Energy Report, the Chinese Presidency presented two additional reports: a study on the development of renewable energy and smart grids in the BRICS countries. Next year, Russia will lead the preparations of two additional studies: on energy security and the development of human resources in the BRICS countries’ energy sector. 

"The delivery of this study within’ the BRICS Energy Research Cooperation Platform will enable us to develop a common vision of strategies and approaches to HR development as well as to identify the most successful practices and establish channels for effective experience exchange in the interests of all," noted Ms Tatiana Terentyeva in her speech.

The study has been possible following the cooperation agreement signed at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) between the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and the Russian Energy Agency of the Ministry of Energy of Russia acting as the Russian secretariat of the Platform. 

"New partners along with research conducted within the Platform will contribute to its further development, strengthen cooperation between the five countries and improve the efficiency of their energy systems. We welcome the initiative of Rosatom to lead on the research presented today at the BRICS Energy Ministers’ Meeting. We are ready to support it on the part of the Russian Secretariat of the BRICS ERCP," said Mr Alexey Kulapin, Director General of the Russian Energy Agency, following the Ministerial Meeting.

The research proposes to study main barriers affecting the labor market in the energy sector and the mechanisms for attracting talent, as well as tools for advanced training in a turbulent economy. Particular attention will be paid to the analysis of trends related to youth employment in five countries, gender-sensitive employment as well as social security mechanisms. 

Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Nikolai Shulginov in his address at the Ministerial Meeting noted that Russia as the initiating country of the research, is ready to assume a coordinating role in the process of preparing the report.