Green Cross, Ukraine forge renewable energy agreement

Green Cross International (GCI) and Ukraine’s Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry have joined forces to promote renewable energy in the Eastern European country, agreeing to create a high-powered commission that will foster innovation, collaboration and technology sharing.

GCI Chairman Dr Jan Kulczyk and Eduard Stavitskiy, Ukraine’s Minister of Energy and Coal Industry (pictured l-r), signed the Kiev Declaration of Supporting Renewable Energy Strategic Development in Ukraine on 4 November, 2013.

A key part of the accord is to create what will be known as the International Renewable Energy Expert Commission, headed by Dr Kulczyk, which, according to the declaration, will “consolidate initiatives relating to the development of renewable energy in Ukraine as well as to extend experience and to access technologies and know-how.”

“Ukraine has unique potential in the development of ‘green’ energy, which can give a boost to economic development and become an important export item,” Dr Kulczyk said during the signing. “The future of the energy sector in Ukraine should focus both on its strong position on the EU market, as well as active cooperation with its eastern and northern neighbours. Modern energy knows no boundaries. Green energy is the business of the future, which will improve quality of lives. It is our obligatin to our children and grandchildren.”

The Commission will engage with experts, scientists, financial institutions, civil soceity and other stakeholders, and, in particular, build a bridge between corporate and nongovernmental organizations in the development of renewable energy.

GCI was founded in 1993 by Nobel Peace Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev and is an independent non-profit and nongovernmental organization advocating and working globally to address the inter-connected global challenges of security, poverty eradication and environmental degradation through advocacy and local projects. GCI is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and conducts on-the-ground projects in more than 30 countries around the world.

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