A regular session of the Coordination Council of the International Technical Assistance Project "Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus" was held in Minsk on December 22, 2017.
The session was attended by the Council members and invited experts from various organizations, ministries and agencies (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, UNDP, Ministry of Energy, State Supervisory Department for Telecommunications, State Committee for Standardization, etc.).
Mr. Alexander Korbut, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus and National Project Coordinator, addressed a welcome speech to the participants: "The Republic of Belarus gained an opportunity to make use of international technical assistance for supporting stakeholders with shaping approaches to renewable energy development. Thus, the Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus Project enables us to examine the advanced international experience of the countries that have long been using renewable energy resources along with hydrocarbon fuels and nuclear power".
Greeting the Coordination Council members, Mr. Zachary Taylor, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, mentioned the project innovativeness: "For UNDP, national implementation projects constitute an absolutely new approach to its activities. However, this approach is feasible only when a country has an organization (a ministry or an agency) with adequate competence and capacity".
Ms. Marina Belavus, Manager of the "Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus" Project, made a presentation detailing the 2017 project implementation outcomes, and presented activities scheduled for the next year.
The Project Manager recounted the training events carried out both in this country and as part of working visits to Poland, Ukraine and Austria that helped Belarusian professionals gain information about advanced experience in the sphere of wind energy. She also mentioned activities on installation of wind measuring sets at selected project sites in Viciebsk and Hrodna regions, as well as other successfully implemented project phases.
During the session, its participants discussed the work completed and subsequent project implementation phases, and suggested ways for addressing challenges in wind power development in the Republic of Belarus. The professionals raised questions about required changes in the EIA (environmental impact assessment) conduct, challenges in quota allocation for wind turbine construction at selected project sites, ways of informing prospective investors about current developments in legal and technical regulations in the sphere of renewable energy, etc.
Summing up the event, Ms. Marina Belavus expressed gratitude to all participants for their active engagement in all phases of the project implementation.