Johannesburg, South Africa — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 05 July 2011 – An agreement between the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the South African department of energy will help South Africa become more energy efficient, according to energy minister Dipuo Peters.
“This is an important milestone for us because it seals the cooperative engagement that we enjoy with the IEA,” she told reporters at Eskom’s Megawatt Park. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed last night.
“It will be critical in ensuring that South Africa is not left behind when it comes to saving electricity in a hurry,” said Peters. “Energy is the lifeblood of any economy, and economical development is highly dependable on the availability of energy resources.”
Peters said the relationship with the IEA would be mutually beneficial. Details of the memorandum will only be known after it was signed.
Peters said, however, that it would help South Africa gain expertise from other countries, embodied in the IEA. The MOU will cover renewable energy, data management and analysis, energy efficiency, clean technologies, and policy analysis.
IEA executive director Nobuo Tanaka said the organisation was trying to further engage with emerging economies like South Africa. It was also in consultation with other countries such as China, India, Russia and Brazil.
“Saving electricity in a hurry will ultimately help with the problem of climate change,” Tanaka said.
Peters added that the relationship between the two would become an important tool for the department. “Without energy, nothing can move,” she said.