LAST_UPDATESun, 20 May 2018 9pm

Brazil Joins International Energy Agency

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an association country on Tuesday, a move that will further drives the country to develop clean energy, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Brazilian Minister of Mines and Energy Fernando Coelho Filho and IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol signed a three-year working program that details cooperation between the two sides at a ceremony held in the capital of Brasilia.

"We are taking another important step to place Brazil at the center of global debate on key energy policy issues, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, rational use of fossil fuels, energy security and sustainable development," Coelho said.

The IEA said Brazil's decision to join the agency will open "new avenues for cooperation towards a more secure and sustainable energy future with Latin America's largest country."

Brazil relies on hydroelectric power plants and bioenergy. In addition, the country has significant potential in developing wind and solar power.