The project “Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus” engages international experts so that they, by means of provision of expert advice, could provide highly professional assistance in solving issues in wind power, attract investment in wind energy in the Republic of Belarus and assist with the implementation of the project components in general.
Evgeniy Nadezhdin (Vice-President of the Bureau of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy, as an international technical expert of the project) and Damian O’Brien (CEO of the investmend trust “Carlisle” – New Zealand, as an international financial expert of the project) from 16 to 19 May held a series of working meetings in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Economy, Department of Energy Efficiency and Ministry of Energy.
During the meetings they discussed the key issues of the development of wind energy:
- international trends (political, technical, regulatory, etc.) in wind energy development;
- problems of wind power development and their solutions in the international practice;
- wind power development in accordance with international multilateral agreements (such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change);
- identification of the main risks in wind power development and ways to overcome them;
- attraction of investors for the development of wind power in the Republic of Belarus by clarifying a common approach to attract investment in this field;
- development of financial/investment instruments for projects in the field of wind power development (renewable energy sources) in the Republic of Belarus;
- international experience of investing in wind power (the main risks and challenges, incentives, best practice examples);
- increasing the investment attractiveness of the Republic of Belarus for implemention of wind power projects by local and foreign investors;
- and others.
The international experts will work in constant collaboration with the Project Manager, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection and the UNDP Office in Belarus.