The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Rebuilding energy infrastructure in Ukraine
On 3 July 2023, UNOPS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Embassy of Ukraine in Denmark are hosting a high-level roundtable discussion on rebuilding more sustainable and resilient energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
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The conflict in Ukraine has heavily damaged civilian infrastructure, severely worsening the energy crisis. Aging infrastructure, reliance on imports, supply shortages, high energy prices and environmental concerns have all highlighted the critical need to rebuild and transition to a more sustainable and resilient energy system.
As part of a high-level roundtable discussion, UNOPS, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the Embassy of Ukraine in Denmark are bringing together experts, policymakers and stakeholders to discuss Ukraine's energy infrastructure and explore opportunities to rebuild it with sustainable and innovative solutions.
The event will provide a platform to share experiences and best practices, identify key challenges and discuss strategies to overcome those challenges.
Date: Monday, 3 July 2023; 10:00-13:30 (Central European Summer Time)
Venue: UN City, Marmorvej 51, Copenhagen, Denmark
The event will be divided into two sessions. The first session will include keynote addresses from speakers providing insights, strategies and perspectives on how to advance sustainable energy when rebuilding Ukraine’s energy sector. The second session will be a panel discussion identifying challenges and opportunities to develop solutions for rebuilding sustainable energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
There will be a networking breakfast from 9:30 to 10:00 as well as a networking lunch from 12:30 to 13:30.
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Agenda – Keynote addresses
10:00 - 10:05 – Opening remarks, Jorge Moreira da Silva, Executive Director, UNOPS
10:05 - 10:15 – Yurii Vaskov, Deputy Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine
10:15 - 10:25 – Dan Jørgensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy, Denmark
10:25 - 10:35 – Mary Burce Warlick, Deputy Executive Director, International Energy Agency
10:35 - 10:55 – Questions from the audience
10:55 - 11:00 – Summary remarks, Jorge Moreira da Silva, Executive Director, UNOPS
Moderator: Emilie Potvin, Director for Partnerships, UNOPS
Speakers – Keynote addresses
Dan Jørgensen – Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation and Global Climate Policy – will share Denmark's experiences and best practices in the energy sector, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable development.
Yurii Vaskov – Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine – will provide insights into the Ukrainian government's priorities and plans for rebuilding the energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
Jorge Moreira da Silva – UNOPS Executive Director – will discuss the role of international organizations in supporting the rebuilding of energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
Mary Burce Warlick – the International Energy Agency's Deputy Executive Director – will highlight the potential for renewable energy in rebuilding Ukraine’s energy sector as well as the need for international cooperation and investment to support Ukraine's energy transition.
Agenda – Panelist presentations and discussion
11:15 - 11:20 – Introduction to panelists, Rastislav Vrbensky, Senior Partnership Development Advisor, UNOPS
11:20 - 11:30 – Presentation of damage assessment by Christophoros Politis, Deputy Resident Representative in Ukraine, UN Development Programme
11:30 - 11:35 – Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Minister for Energy of Ukraine (online participation)
11:35 - 11:40 – Anne Højer Simonsen, Senior Director of the Confederation of Danish Industry
11:40 - 11:45 – Hanna Zamazieieva, Head of State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine
11:45 - 12:25 – Panel discussion and questions from the audience
12:25 - 12:30 – Summary remarks, Rastislav Vrbensky, Senior Partnership Development Advisor, UNOPS
Moderator: Rastislav Vrbensky, Senior Partnership Development Advisor, UNOPS
Speakers – Panel discussion
Christophoros Politis – UN Development Programme's Deputy Resident Representative in Ukraine – will initiate the panel debate by presenting the key findings in the latest Ukraine energy damage assessments.
Yaroslav Demchenkov – Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Energy – will emphasize the Ukrainian government’s initiatives to attract investments, promote energy efficiency and develop a regulatory framework to support Ukraine’s clean energy transition.
Anne Højer Simonsen – Senior Director of the Confederation of Danish Industry – will point to some of the experiences, innovative solutions and opportunities for Danish companies when rebuilding sustainably. Anne will also highlight some of the many ongoing collaborations and initiatives.
Hanna Zamazieieva – Ukraine's Head of State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving – will explain the key strategies and policies that Ukraine is implementing to build sustainable energy infrastructure. She will also highlight the focus on renewable energy sources, the promotion of energy efficiency measures, and the importance of international collaboration and investments.