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Denmark signs new 3-year energy collaboration with Ukraine

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By State of Green, February 28, 2018

The existing energy collaboration between Denmark and Ukraine has been renewed by 3 years. The collaboration underpins Ukraine’s new energy strategy, which aims for 25% renewable energy by 2035.

Yesterday, the Danish ambassador Ruben Madsen and Ukraine’s Minister for energy Ihor Nasalyk signed an agreement that extends the bilateral collaboration on energy with three years. The Danish-Ukrainian collaboration underpins Ukraine’s current national action plans related to energy and energy efficiency towards 2020 and the new energy strategy 2035 that was adopted by the parliament in August 2017. The strategy aims for 25% renewable energy by 2035.

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Strong foundations are the starting point for the new energy strategy
The collaboration has already produced good results in the form of data, analyses and tools, which have been transferred to the Ukrainian authorities through workshops and study trips with the purpose of assisting Ukraine in the implementation of their new energy strategy 2035 and thereby reduce their dependency on natural gas.

-We have created a strong platform for the coming years from where we can assist Ukraine in their pursuit of their long-term goals to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, says Morten Bæk, director at the Danish Energy Agency.

As part of the collaboration, Danish energy experts from the Danish Energy Agency contribute with consulting services related to energy planning, modelling potential scenarios for the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy efficiency, integration of wind and solar energy and energy efficiency in the industry, including the opportunity for establishing a voluntary energy agreement scheme for energy intensive industry that resembles the Danish model.

The objectives for the next 3 years include strenghtening framework conditions and tools in Ukraine, which will enable more renewable energy in the energy system and increase energy efficiency through concrete action plans towards 2035, and a higher integration in the European energy market.

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Facts
-The Danish Energy Agency assists a number of growing economies around the world to reconcile the goals of a sustainable energy supply and economic growth. The Danish consulting builds on more than 40 years of experience with energy efficiency and renewable energy from Denmark’s green transition of its energy sector.
-The budget for the Danish-Ukrainian energy collaboration is EUR 2.7 million, which are provided through the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ neighbourhood programme from 2018-2021.
-The Danish neighbourhood programme is part of the European neighbourhood policy to assist the EU neighbouring countries to the east and southeast.
-The overall goal of the neighbourhood programme is to promote human rights, the rule of law, democracy and economic integration with the EU.
-The Danish Energy Agency’s technical guidance to Ukraine is delivered through the ”Ukrainian Danish Energy Centre” (UDEC), which was established in 2015 with participation from the Ministry of Energy, Coal and Industry (MoECI) and the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE), as well as the posting of a long-term energy advisor until the end of 2020.

Contact
Special Advisor at the Danish Energy Agency Nadeem Niwaz, +45 3395 5808, nni@ens.dk

-Source: Danish Energy Agency

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