The seminar "Renewable Energy – a Way to Sustainable Development" was held in Minsk on 28 November 2018; it was organized by the international technical assistance project "Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus". The seminar participants discussed the relevant issues of energy development, the imminent changes in the energy mix structure due to the upcoming commissioning of the Belarusian NPP, aspects of the environmental impact of various energy generation types, and many other issues.
Andrei Pilipchuk, Deputy Head of the Air, Climate Change Impact Regulation and Expert Review Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus addressed the event participants with opening remarks. In his speech, he stressed upon the importance of renewable energy sources for ecology. "I am happy to welcome in this hall professionals who feel concern about development of renewable energy. It is a highly important sphere for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, in particular, because renewable energy sources are a priority area of the Paris Climate Agreement". He called the attendees for an open discussion of various infrastructural projects related to conversion to low-carbon fuels, e-transport development and other areas minimizing negative environmental impact. Andrei Pilipchuk suggested raising the most critical and complex challenges during the discussion: "Since the main goal of our project is removal of as many barriers to the development of wind power and the entire sphere of renewable energy as possible; only critical challenges, responses to them, or search for such solutions may lead us to overcoming the existing barriers".
Olga Prudnikova, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Republic of Belarus, presented a report about development of the Belarusian energy system after the NPP commissioning and RES integration into the current energy system. She also called the seminar participants for an open dialogue and explain the Ministry of Energy's position on RES development in the country: "Any discussion, any opinion exchange and desire to hear each other, understand reasoned positions of different actors in the same process, will support elaboration of mutually beneficial solutions. Until recently, the Ministry of Energy was viewed as not quite welcoming RES development; however, out agency's policy sets the objective of development of all energy generation types and diversification of the fuel/energy mix of the Republic of Belarus, accordingly. Taking into account the policy documents adopted in this country, we provide for including both renewable sources and local fuels in the mix".
Several other interesting presentations were made at the seminar, as well. Alexander Sivak (BelTEI RUE) spoke about the "Main approaches to optimal fuel and energy balance development in the national power engineering sector". Vladimir Nistiuk, the Executive Director of the Renewable Energy Association, made a presentation on the "State and Prospects of Renewable Energy Development in the Republic of Belarus". Maryna Belavus (Project Manager) presented the outcomes of the project "Removing Barriers to Wind Power Development in Belarus" to the seminar participants. The issues of renewable energy prospects were raised by Yelena Zhuchenko (BelTEI RUE) in her presentation "Development of Renewable Energy Sources: Main Strategic Areas". Lidiya Filatova (EkonomEnergo OJSC) dwelled on the "Innovative Approaches to Forming Tariffs on Electricity Generated from Renewable Energy Sources".
The presented materials aroused a great interest among all seminar participants. The topicality of renewable energy development in Belarus stirred active discussions of a wide range of issues, including:
• amendments in the legislation governing the use of renewable energy sources
• emission of air pollutants and other negative environmental impact during production of energy
• change of the RES share in the national energy mix in connection with the forthcoming commissioning of the Belarusian NPP
• the cost of electricity production and purchase from various sources
• guarantees, tax privileges and other incentives to RES energy production and use
• special training for work in the sphere of renewable energy
• development of energy storage technologies
• expansion of the use of e-transport
The seminar was attended by correspondents from various media that covered the event for the general public.
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