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26.04.2016

CHERNOBYL +30

The international conference "Chernobyl + 30" was held in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on 24 April 2016 

Two days ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe, Minsk, the capital of Belarus, hosted the international conference "Chernobyl + 30" held under the auspices of the Association "Green Network" with the support of the Kiev branch of Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany), the World Wind Energy Association, European Green Party and the Belarusian party The Greens. 

In her welcome speech at the opening ceremony the Secretary-General of the European Green Party (EGP) March Garcia Sanz expressed doubt that the lessons of Chernobyl the mankind had learned. "The accident has shown that commitment to nuclear power is a serious mistake, however, we continue to use this energy source," - she said. At the same time, she noted that renewable energy today "is not a luxury but a necessary transformation to ensure human well-being at the global scale."

The Forum discussed such issues as: the consequences of the Chernobyl NPP disaster, renewable energies development, energy conservation and energy efficiency, current trends in the EC Energy policy and possible strategies for energy sector in Belarus.

In his presentation, Andriy Konechenkov, Vice-President of the World Wind Energy Association, Chairman of the UWEA said: "The Paris Declaration provides for a reduction of GHG emissions and renewable energy is an internationally accepted tool for achieving the goal. Today myths about “high prices of "green" energy make no sense. It is necessary to develop RES as quickly as possible to address issues of the global energy security. Even France, the leading "nuclear" state adopted the energy transition law last year, which foresaw a reduction of nuclear share in the electricity mix down to 50% (from 75% today) by 2025.”