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Tuesday, 10 November 2015 12:00

First energy policy talk held in Ukraine

Major players in the energy field met in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Monday to discuss short and long-term energy efficiency measures to address the needs of the vulnerable, under the first Energy Policy Talk in the framework of the EU-funded programme INOGATE, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to the press service of the EU Neighbourhood Info Centre.

The event was based on elements resulting from a roundtable held in the Rada in June on how to support vulnerable consumers through energy efficiency, and brought together representatives of the Ukrainian Parliament, the EU Delegation, international agencies, NGOs and users, providers and suppliers of energy, and other relevant stakeholders.

Speakers noted that energy poverty was an issue in many countries of the EU, and issued a series of recommendations, including better coordination among Ministries and agencies, the introduction of metering and consumption-based billing, compensation for thermo-modernisation for vulnerable groups, information campaigns to raise awareness on options for installation of free gas meters, and extension of the state Energy Efficiency Support programme.

INOGATE is an EU-funded programme promoting international energy co-operation between the European Union and the Partner Countries. It works to support the EU policy frameworks of the Baku Initiative, the Eastern Partnership – Energy Security Platform and the Energy Community.

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