Ukraine needs more financial instruments for local energy efficiency solutions and local generation – Olena Pavlenko
On May 24, DiXi Group President Olena Pavlenko joined the discussion “Building for the Future: A Green Marshall Plan for Ukraine” at the Brussels Forum 2023.
In her speech, she noted that in May, a coalition of Ukrainian think tanks presented the Ukraine Recovery Cookbook 2023. The goal of the analysts in preparing the document was to show that there are simple principles that work in different sectors: both in cooking and in energy.
“For example, the principle of a transparent kitchen increases trust in cooks, and this principle also works in the reconstruction of energy sector. The new cuisine is based on healthy food, just as the reconstruction in the energy sector must be based on clean and renewable electricity generation,” said Olena Pavlenko.
According to her, the Ukraine’s energy reconstruction should be adapted to a particular region or city, depending on those energy resources – sun, wind, water – that are around.
“There is one more element in the kitchen that must take into account, as well as energy sector. This is safety and stability. Taking into account the safety factor, the construction of backup generation will cost more than the normal reconstruction. But it will be a good testing ground for Western countries to strengthen the energy security of their cities and regions, simultaneously with the “green” transformation.
The RePowerEU European plan requires a rapid transformation of the energy sector, and the search for solutions in Ukrainian cities can help Europe find the best solutions in heating, balancing energy generation, etc.,” she emphasized. Despite the fact that Ukraine will be using generators during sudden power outages in the coming winters, solutions for a backup plan for electricity generation are already being discussed.
The DiXi Group President summarized that Ukraine needs more financial instruments for local energy efficiency solutions and local generation, and “this is an important task for international donors and partners.” And the task for the national government is to preserve the principle of decentralization in reconstruction and to give the opportunity to communities and cities to learn how to implement these projects on the ground in order to build their own capacity.
You can watch the recording of the forum here: https://bit.ly/428Vt1d
This year, The German Marshall Fund dedicated the 2023 Brussels Forum to defining a new Atlanticism and shaping a hopeful, post-war international system for which rebuilding Ukraine in the spirit of a modern Marshall Plan will be a key pillar.