Ukraine can become a good platform for new “green” technologies during the reconstruction – Olena Pavlenko at the Ukraine Recovery Conference
On June 21-22, the Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2023) is taking place in London, UK. This event is a continuation of the cycle of annual events with the last one conducted jointly with Switzerland in Lugano.
DiXi Group President Olena Pavlenko took part in the session “Power of transformation: Building back better in the energy sector”, which was addressed by Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Rostyslav Shurma and Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko.
“Our opinion poll shows that 80% of the Ukrainian population supports energy efficient projects, development of renewables, waste management, all these issues. They understand this. And if you look at the business, you will see that environmental principles come back to the business priorities among other principles in Ukraine.
This in combination with Ukraine’s ecological obligation and commitments as a future EU member can make Ukraine a good platform for testing new safe technologies,environmental and energy R&D projects at the national and local levels during the reconstruction”, said the President of DiXi Group in her speech.
Olena Pavlenko emphasized that transparency will remain one of the key principles for an external investor during the period of Ukraine’s recovery, and Ukraine understands this.
“I do believe in transparency in reconstruction. Firstly, Ukraine just last week received an international award from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) on transparent governance in the extractive sector despite the war.
Secondly, the Humanitarian assistance working group can be a good example of how to organize trust and transparency among different stakeholders in the energy sector. When the full-scale invasion started, сivil society, government, companies, and the donor community quickly organized the supply of ad-hoc energy equipment to our companies. And we really worked as a multi-stakeholder group together”, she emphasized.
Olena Pavlenko added that the speed of support now slows down because of summertime, “winter is coming, and we have to prepare in advance”. During the event, the DiXi Group team shared information about the key needs of Ukraine in energy equipment. You can find it here.
The working group has now moved on to using an IT tool, the Aid Energy system, to manage data on the needs of companies, aid distribution, and more. In particular, this tool allows donors to find out where their provided equipment is being used.
“I think this platform actually can be a basis for the development of other projects to ensure transparency in the energy sector. And what is important is to develop such projects at both levels – national and local. If we want to build a decentralized energy system, it is impossible to do this without engaging local communities and cities and without training them how to deal with development of energy systems, local generation and other stuff. So quite a lot of work to do, but I really believe we can do it together”.