The official opening of the new project of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus “Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus” held in Minsk on December 18th, 2015 was a landmark event for the development of low-carbon energy in the country. The project opens up fresh opportunities for the development of wind power in the republic by removing barriers to practical implementation of initiatives in this sphere and attracting investments. The project is implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus with the financial support of the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Development Programme.
“Development of renewable energy is one of the priorities of the state policy of the Republic of Belarus,” noted in his welcoming speech Sergei Khrushchev, the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. – “The development of industry and the increase in demand for fuel and energy resources require looking for new sustainable approaches to energy security of the country by means of wide adoption of advanced energy technologies.”
Development and support of sustainable wind power in Belarus will spur economic development and environmental protection in the region, will make a significant contribution to energy security and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
“Wind is the cleanest renewable energy source that does not cause any harm to the environment,” says Maryna Belavus, the manager of the project “Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus”. — “Since the wind does not cost anything, the energy costs after the construction of a wind turbine are nearly equal to zero. There is no wonder that wind power is one of the fastest growing sectors of the global energy policy, and is considered the most effective way to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and preserve the climate balance of the planet.”
International experts believe that with the current dynamics of the development of wind power, by 2050 one third of all electricity consumption in the world can be covered by wind power.
An important component of the project is the development of clear and sustainable strategy, as well as the removal of existing barriers for investors to attract innovative low-carbon technologies. Within five years, the initiative plans to minimize the risks associated with the pre-investment stage for the construction of wind power plants turbines and provide preparation of a minimum of 5 sites for the start of construction of wind farms.
In particular, during the implementation of the project it is expected to create a stable enabling environment and procedures to assist the development and implementation of wind power projects with a total capacity of at least 25 MW and generate more than 1 million MWh of renewable energy.
Implementation of the project "Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus" will also allow better use and development of the existing potential in this sphere, which, according to experts, has the capacity of 1,600 MW. There are 1,840 potential sites for the construction of wind turbines on the territory of Belarus.
It is expected that the project will also become a stable platform that will integrate efforts and mobilize the resources of national agencies, business and international organizations, such as UNDP and GEF, for the adoption of an integrated approach to remove barriers to wind power development in Belarus.
For further information, please contact Maryna Belavus, the Project Manager, at tel. +375 (17) 306-53-67 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org