On 31 January 2019 a press conference dedicated to the GLOBAL 100% RE UKRAINE platform was held in Kiev. The event was initiated by the RE industry associations of Ukraine, while the idea was inspired by Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ambassador for the Global 100% RE.
The conference started with an online bridge with the GLOBAL 100% RE platform headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Member of the GLOBAL 100% RE Executive Committee, Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association Stefan Gsunger expressed support to Ukraine and all organizations that had joined the transition of the energy sector to renewable energy sources.
“As the Ambassador for the Global RE 100%, pursuing the interests of multilateral cooperation, without which the development of renewable energy in Ukraine and Ukraine's integration into the global process of transition to 100% RES is impossible, I initiate a multilateral dialogue. Such synergy is not only relevant, it is a necessary condition to achieve a common goal - the Ukraine’s transition to 100% RES”, commented on the event Ruslana.
“60% of the problems associated with global Greenhouse Gas emissions are energy problems. These are problems of “dirty” energy. And that's not somebody's whim to want the energy to be “clean”. If we do not have “clean” energy, we will not have a clean environment. The creation of the GLOBAL 100% RE UKRAINE platform is essential for Ukraine's transition to 100% renewable energy and the preservation of our plant for our descendants”, noted Olexander Dombrovskiy, Acting Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety.
Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board and Vice-President of the WWEA, supported the idea of creating a single platform: “It is only together, using the same GLOBAL 100% RE UKRAINE platform, that “green” energy will be able to replace modern conventional energy sources, which now have a major impact on global warming process”.
“Renewable Energy is an ideology that suits every person on the planet. Our goal, as a Ukrainian initiative, is not only to switch our country to renewable energy, but also to appear on the Rewenable map of the world”, urged Ruslana during a press conference.
Press Conference Speakers included: Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ambassador for the Global 100% RE, Viktor Kurtiev, General Director of Metropoliya Group of Companies, Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board, Vice-President of WWEA, Georgii Geletukha, Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Olexandr Dombrovskiy, Acting Head of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, Yuriy Favorskiy, President of the Ukrainian Solar Energy Association, Olexandr Riepkin, President of the Energy Association “Ukrainian Hydrogen Counsel”, Oleksiy Orzhel, Head of the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy.
Global 100% RE is the first global initiative that advocates 100% renewable energy. This unique platform builds on projects that are already taking place on national, regional and local levels and steers the global discourse on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal. The overall goal is to up the debate on renewable energy towards 100% RE as the new normal as well as establish a global network of 100% RE regions. Global 100% RE platform brings together leading associations promoting renewable energy technologies all over the world including EU Renewable Energy Association, Climate Action Network, Greenpeace, World Wind Energy Association, International Solar Energy Society, World Bioenergy Association.