BRICS to cooperate on renewable energy
"Facing the prospects of running out of fossil energy and the related environmental issues, developing new energy is an inevitable choice," said Bu Xiaolin, vice governor of China's coal-rich Inner Mongolia autonomous region, as speaking at a forum.
The forum, which ran in Sanya, Hainan province, over this weekend attracted hundreds of local governors, scholars and business people from the BRICS nations to discuss city-to-city cooperation, and new energy was among the top agenda topics.
Like many other speakers at the 1st BRICS Friendship Cities and Local Governments Cooperation Forum, Bu devoted large part of her speech to discussing wind and solar energy and mentioned little of the fossil fuels that have long contributed to the region's growth.
At the forum, consensus was reached that the five countries should strengthen dialogue and cooperation for provincial and local partnerships, including infrastructure, green economy and technology transfer.
"We are very willing to cooperate with BRICS countries on new energy innovations, promotion and market development," Bu said.
Huge potential in renewable energy
According to Bu, Inner Mongolia has huge potential in renewable energy, with 380 gigawatts (GW) of exploitable wind power resources, accounting for more than half of China's onshore wind power resources.
The region is aiming for a total installed capacity of 33 GW for wind power and 1 GW for solar power by the end of 2015, she added.
At national level, the Chinese central government expects to bring the country's total wind power installed capacity up to 15 GW in the next five years, according to national development plans.
Meanwhile, in Brazil, there is movement to replace fossil energy with new energy in daily use, said Jailson Lima Da Silva, State Representative of the National Union of State Legislatures of Brazil.
The country is working to increase the nation's wind power capacity, and new energy is expected to account for 65 percent of the nation's total energy consumption, he said.
"Brazil is optimistic on wind power exploitation, which will be one of the major fields of future investment," he said.
Silva expressed hopes to work with China on new energy, especially solar power and biomass energy. "Brazil has large potential in solar energy, while China is a leading producers of solar equipment," he said.
Helpful to exchange technologies
According to Mlibo Qoboshiyane, a member of the Executive Council of Eastern Cape, South Africa, the African nation is also investing extensively in wind and solar energy.
South Africa has just unveiled a USD12 billion program on renewable energy development, which would largely be spent on wind and solar power and reduce the use of traditional energies, said the official.
It would be helpful to exchange technologies and valuable information between the BRICS countries to keep consumption of new energies sustainable and affordable, he said.
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