EU4Energy: What is it and how does it work in Belarus?

EU4Energy: What is it and how does it work in Belarus?
1. What is EU4Energy?

The EU4Energy Initiative covers all support that the European Union is offering in the energy field to the six countries of the Eastern Partnership - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.

2. How does the Initiative work?

The EU is financing energy projects and programmes that help to improve energy efficiency and the use of renewables, reform energy markets, as well as improve energy infrastructure and connectivity between countries.

A map of all EU-funded projects in Belarus provides an overview of the current status of programming in the country.

3. How do citizens benefit?

There are a number of positive, practical results for Belarus. Some 50 towns across the country are part of the EU-supported Covenant of Mayors East covering over 40% of the population. The EU is assisting them in achieving the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and adopting a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Five demonstration projects have been launched under the Covenant of Mayors banner in Belarus. In the city of Polack, for example, around 1,900 new LED lamps have been installed in 28 streets in the city centre to cut energy costs and an annual Light Festival promotes energy efficiency within the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. Modern LED lighting will also be installed in the town of Biaroza in a similar project.

Additionally, the EU financed the purchase and installation of a new wind turbine near Grabniki village near Navahrudak. And a hospital in Navahrudak became the first medical establishment in the region to use solar energy thanks to EU support.

4. How does Belarus benefit?

The EU4Energy Programme aims to improve the quality of energy data and statistics, shape regional policy-making discussions, strengthen legislative and regulatory frameworks and improve access to information in the Eastern partner countries. The country is receiving support from the Energy Charter Secretariat through the EU4Energy Governance project. The Energy Charter has developed a ‘Roadmap 2030’, which sets out ways to boost energy efficiency investment. The Secretariat has also assessed the Draft Electricity Law of the Republic of Belarus, with recommendations on how to align closer to EU standards.

5. What opportunities are there?

Programmes such as the Covenant of Mayors East, and the Covenant of Mayors - Demonstration Projects offer opportunities for communities to ensure more reliable energy supply, as well as reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Additionally, you can check out EU4Business portal to see what opportunities exist to make a business energy efficient and eco-friendly.

Moreover, if you are interested in cutting-edge research and innovation, you can see the opportunities offered under the Horizon 2020 programme.

There are also EU-supported programmes that provide funding for businesses and individuals according to specific eligibility criteria and conditions. You can refer to web site of the European Union Delegation to Belarus or you can subscribe to the news alerts of the EU4Energy communications project and receive updates of any opportunities.