South Africa calls for expanded Brics cooperation on energy transition

South Africa is proposing that the Brics bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa extends the scope of its energy cooperation beyond that of energy savings and energy efficiency to include a range of other issues, arising as a result of the “global energy transition”. In an address to Brics energy ministers, who are meeting in Johannesburg this week, South Africa’s Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said the rapid change towards more environmentally sustainable energy systems was impacting directly on the plans and policies of Brics member States. Therefore, it was an opportune time for the bloc to consider extending the areas of cooperation in the energy sector.