The seminar “The Future of Renewable Energy: Plans and Prospects” was held in Minsk on November 22, 2017 within the framework of the international technical assistance project “Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus”. The event was attended by about 60 invited experts from various ministries and departments (Ministry of Natural Resources, UNDP, Ministry of Economy, Gosstandart, etc.), representatives of business, non-profit organizations, MSM, as well as a number of international and local project consultants.
Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Alexander Korbut in his opening speech thanked all participants for the shown interest in the development of renewable energy sources in Belarus, noted the great importance of successive steps in slowing the negative trend of global warming, and wished the seminar participants a fruitful work.
Mr. Zachary Taylor, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Belarus, addressed the meeting with an opening speech, “UNDP is very proud that it is directly relevant to this project. In partnership with the Government of the Republic of Belarus, we intend to continue to seek the removal of barriers to renewable energy development.”
The main objective of the seminar was to provide all interested parties with a platform for discussing the state of renewable energy in our country, the existing barriers to its development, the opportunities and consequences of introducing new approaches to regulate this sphere. The experts considered in detail the current state of the power-generating sector of the Republic of Belarus, the peculiarities of formation of power purchase tariffs for industrial consumers and multiplying co-eficients for RES, the structure of the current power balance and expected changes associated with the upcoming commissioning of the Belarusian NPP.
Maryna Belavus, the Manager of the international technical assistance project “Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus”, noted the vital importance of such an extensive discussion of the pressing problems of renewable energy development by experts, and the formulation of the most objective strategy for further work in this regard.
Presentations presented at the seminar will be posted in the “Information” section shortly.