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Powering 42% of Earth's Population: India Hosts BRICS Energy Meeting

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India's Ministry of Power is organizing the BRICS Working Group Meeting on “Energy Savings and Energy Efficiency” in Visakhapatnam in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, which will start Monday.

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New Delhi (Sputnik) – The Indian government will showcase its program to enhance industrial energy efficiency during the two-day meeting of the BRICS Working Group on Energy.

During the deliberations, India, Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil will make presentations on the measures they have taken in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency.

India will showcase the efforts made by the state of Andhra Pradesh to save energy at the meeting. Visakhapatnam touts LED street lighting, which it has dubbed the “Vizag Model of LED Energy Efficient Street Lighting.”

Energy cooperation through joint research and technology projects is among the main objectives of the BRICS countries.

The Heads of Delegation of the “Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency” will make a comprehensive plan on cooperation in energy saving and energy efficiency within BRICS during the meet.

Further, the “Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency” meeting in Visakhapatnam will bring a consensus in the field of energy efficiency among BRICS countries, which will serve as a guiding tool for the BRICS efforts in energy saving and energy efficiency.

Although only 78.7 percent of India's population of over 1.2 billion had access to electricity in 2012 according to the World Bank, this represents a significant improvement over the last several decades; in 1990, the country had a population of less than 867 million and only 50.9 percent had access.

In India's BRICS partners China and Russia, everyone has access to electricity; 5.8 percent of China's population had no access in 1990. In Brazil, 99.5 percent of the population has access, and in South Africa, 85.4 percent had access to electricity in 2012, up from 65 percent in 1990.

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