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International Energy Center Began its Work in Belarus

On October 29, 2010 an official opening ceremony of a Closed Joint Stock Company “International Energy Center” took place.

The CJSC "International Energy Centre” was established in the framework of the UNDP/GEF Project “Removing Barriers to Energy Efficiency Improvements in the state sector in Belarus” in cooperation with the Energy Efficiency Department under the State Committee on Standardization of the Republic of Belarus aimed at attracting domestic and foreign investment in long-term projects for implementation of activities related to improving the efficiency of energy production and consumption in the economy of the Republic of Belarus.

At the opening ceremony Mr. Elinor Bajraktari, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative, focused on the ongoing UNDP projects that assist and support the country’s efforts in establishing appropriate policy, system of incentives for enterprises and investors, and contribute to the introduction of best practices, technologies and energy efficiency measures. He also noted that the International Energy Centre is a company that represents a new type of business model in the area of energy efficiency in Belarus.

In the scope of the ceremony representatives of the Energy Efficiency Department and UNDP presented a key to the International Energy Center. Also, presentations of UNDP/GEF project experts and stakeholders of the International Energy Center were made. The presenters shared with the participants the directions of activities of International Energy Center and future plans on the development of the company.

During the opening ceremony the floor was taken by: Mr.Viktor Akushko, First deputy director of the Energy Efficiency Department; Mr.Elinor Bajraktari, UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in Belarus; Mr. John O’Brien, Regional Technical Advisor, UNDP Regional Bureau in Bratislava; Adam Sek, Regional Advisor – Sustainable Energy Division, UNDP Regional Bureau in Bratislava; Alexander Grebenkov, Project Manager of the UNDP/GEF project “Removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus”, as well as founders and other stakeholders.

The CJSC "International Energy Center” will widely promote an effective business model most appropriate in the context of Belarus in the field of investment to increase efficiency of production and energy consumption and also take an active part in designing national, departmental and regional programs in the area of energy efficiency and contribute to identifying potential project activities in this area. 

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History of International Energy Center: The CJSC "International Energy Center”, registration date – 6 September 2010. Founders of the company: Public Corporation “Belvnesheconombank” (Belarus); Public Corporation “National cosmic bank” (Russian Federation); Co Ltd “StroiSector” (Moscow, Russian Federation); Co Ltd “TAWI (Warsaw, Poland)
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Project Background: Project “Removing barriers to energy efficiency improvements in the state sector in Belarus” is a joint initiative of GEF, UNDP, UNECE and Energy Efficiency Department under the Committee on Energy Standardization of Belarus. A grant in the amount of $1,4 million was allocated by the GEF for its funding.
Period of implementation: January 2007 – December 2011.

Contact Information:

Please, contact Natalia Dolgikh, PR Specialist of the project to get more information: tel.: +375 29 103 03 17, е-mail:

 

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