Tatyana Terentieva, Deputy General Director for Human Resources at Rosatom State Corporation and an expert of the BRICS Energy Research Platform, presented the Russan-side findings in a large-scale BRICS labor markets study at the 8th Meeting of Energy Ministers of the five countries.
The initiative to carry out the first BRICS human resources study on labor market and skills development for the energy transition* was launched by Russia at the meeting of five BRICS energy ministers in the fall of 2022. In her previous report presenting the initiative, Tatyana Terentieva drew attention to the need for such a study and the ambitious tasks that the global "green transformation" poses to the labor market.
The commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement encourage national authorities to amend labor laws, adjust training and retraining programs, create green jobs, and modernize existing occupations, all the while maintaining a work environment oriented at human well-being.
As part of her current speech on the findings of the study conducted in Russia, delivered at the 8th meeting of energy ministers of the five countries, Tatyana Terentieva noted: "Since the BRICS countries have the world's largest labor pool of 3.2 billion people (more than 40% of the world's population), the energy sector should use this competitive advantage to accelerate innovation and technological advances by bringing new talent into the energy sector, including new directions for the development of the energy industry. The future energy sector [of the BRICS countries] must be human-centered: harnessing everyone's potential, providing flexible employment, and ensuring that employees are adaptable to changes in the labor market”.
The work of all the countries was led by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) with the support of the Russian Secretariat of the BRICS Energy Research Platform**, operating out of the Russian Energy Agency of the Russian Ministry of Energy. Over 100 major BRICS energy companies and higher education institutions participated in the sectoral survey. The process was overseen by a specially established Supervisory Board consisting of 20 leading industry experts: representatives of national research agencies, educational institutions, non-profit associations, businesses, and international organizations, including the International Labor Organization and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Over the course of the study, country documents were reviewed, expert interviews, group discussions, and focus groups were held. In particular, the experts identified key trends in the global labor market in the energy sector, identified challenges, opportunities, and development drivers; described the structure of the energy sector in each BRICS country and its contribution to global indicators; prepared conclusions on key government policies in the field of personnel training at the primary, secondary, higher, vocational and additional education levels; identified national specifics in training programs, and summarized best practices.
Noteworthy is the fact that the study relies on the key findings of the Corporate Human Centricity Index study conducted by ANO Rosatom Corporate Academy, which laid the foundation for the emerging international Alliance of Human-Centric Organizations. Furthermore, one of the best practices in working with engineering staff of Rosatom State Corporation - the AtomSkills international professional championship - is presented as an exemplary case of personnel development.
The consolidated report consists of three chapters. The first one covers the state of BRICS labor markets in the context of the energy transition. The second provides an analysis of national energy markets, while the third deals with energy cooperation prospects among BRICS countries in areas such as labor market development, energy education, and human potential. The full text of the report will be available after its public presentation.
* Energy transition is a structural transformation of the global energy mix, aiming to reduce the share of fossil fuels and increase the use of green and sustainable energy sources to address the climate challenge. It involves technological breakthroughs in energy efficiency, decarbonization (RES, storage, hydrogen, carbon capture), decentralization and digitalization.
**The BRICS Energy Research Platform was launched in 2019 upon Russia's initiative by the decision of the energy ministers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Its task is to organize interstate cooperation in research, technology exchange, and innovation promotion in order to strengthen energy security of the BRICS countries and ensure universal access to reliable, sustainable and modern energy sources. The Russian Secretariat of the Platform acts as a "one-stop shop" for addressing the entire range of issues related to energy cooperation: supporting the priority areas of the Platform's activities, promoting research findings on major international platforms, organizing discussions for Platform experts to reach a common stance, facilitating the formation and implementation of joint investment projects, and coordinating youth educational programs.