The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine and the Ukrainian World Congress have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to cooperate in implementing measures aimed at immediate response, post-war recovery and more sustainable, inclusive and green economic development that will make Ukraine's energy system more resilient to environmental, technical, social and governance risks.
The document was signed by the Minister of Energy of Ukraine Herman Galushchenko and ther President of the Ukrainian World Congress Pavlo Grod during a meeting in Kyiv.
The parties agreed to cooperate in the search for energy equipment needed to replace that damaged as a result of military operations. They will also cooperate in raising funds from public and private sources to support and restore the power grid.
It is also planned to coordinate actions in assessing the damage to the energy infrastructure caused by the hostilities and developing a roadmap for the restoration of Ukraine's energy sector. Herman Galushchenko thanked the representatives of the organisation for their assistance to the Ukrainian energy sector and stressed that the Ministry of Energy is open for cooperation.
«Partnership support is especially important as we prepare for the next heating season. We expect the next winter to be even harder than the last. The largest repair campaign in the history of Ukraine's independence is underway, but the extent of the damage is so great that any help is essential», the Minister said.
The parties discussed the need to implement projects to restore energy infrastructure in the de-occupied territories, which will not only rebuild facilities using modern technologies, but also decentralise generation and increase the resilience of the energy system. During the meeting, Pavlo Grod said that the Ukrainian World Congress has launched the Energize Ukraine platform, which is working to attract aid and collect equipment for the Ukrainian energy sector.
«Today we are announcing a donation from an American company of 1,000 solar panels that we will deliver to Ukraine on behalf of the UWC. These panels will be used to build solar power plants in hospitals. This is the first part of an initial aid package within the Energize Ukraine platform», he noted.
Particular attention was paid to cooperation in attracting international assistance for the demining of territories where energy facilities are located.
The Ukrainian World Congress is an international non-governmental organisation representing the interests of more than 20 million Ukrainians in the diaspora, uniting Ukrainian communities and organisations in over 60 countries and working in support of a democratic, prosperous, European Ukraine.