On January 31, 2019, the Press-conference on the launching of the Global 100% RE Ukraine initiative was held in Kyiv. The initiators of the event were the profile associations of Ukraine inspired by the International Ambassador of the Global 100% RE platform – Ruslana

The participants of the press Conference were: 
- Ruslana Lyzhychko  (the International Ambassador of the Global 100% RE platform),
- Andriy Konechenkov (Head of the Board of the Public Union “Ukrainian Wind Energy Association”),
- Georgii Geletukha (Head of the Board of the CU "Bioenergy Association of Ukraine"), 
- Yuri Favorskyi (Head of the“Solar Energy Association of Ukraine”),
- Oleksandr Ryepkin (Head of the "Ukrainian hydrogen council" Energy Association),
- Aleksandr Dombrovskyy (First Vice-chairman of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety),
- Oleksiy Orzel (Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy),
- Viktor Kurtev (General Director of the Metropoliya Group of Companies).

The conference began with an online bridge with Global 100% RE Headquarters (Bonn). Executive Committee member of the Global 100% RE platform and the Secretary-General of the World Wind Energy Association  – Stefan Gsänger –  in his speech expressed his support to Ukraine and all organizations that have joined the active transition to renewable energy sources.

In the principles and directions the Global 100% RE UKRAINE initiative will rely on the principles of the world's largest Global 100% RE platform, which brings together the largest profile associations that implement Renewable Energy around the world, the most famous of which are: EU Renewable energy association, Climate Action Network, Greenpeace, International Solar Energy Society, World Bioenergy Association and others.

Some citations from the press conference:

Georgii Geletukha (Head of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine): "Ukraine spent 12 billion USD on gas, oil, and coal in 2018. If we turn these cash flows into the country, we will spend on the renewable energy sources the same 12 billion USD, but we will create jobs here, people will pay taxes and start working on the Ukrainian economy. This will not only be an ecological turn, but also a huge economic one in the right direction."

Ruslana: "Transition towards 100% RE isn't something new. I think it's more accurate to say that it is vitally needed for humanity. At the same time for Ukraine, it is both a way for energy and political independence. I believe, Ukraine is able to satisfy its total energy needs from renewable sources. Moreover, it even will be possible to export such energy in future'.

Oleksandr Dombrovskyi (First Vice-chairman of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety): "60% of global emissions problems are caused by the energy sector. And it's not just that we want our energy to be clean. If we do not have clean energy, we will not have a clean environment. Create a Global 100% RE Platform. UKRAINE is necessary for the Ukraine transition to 100% renewable energy sources and keeping the planet healthy for descendants".

The institutional structure of the Global 100% RE Ukraine as well as the programme for 2019 will be adopted and reveal soon.
Future plans include also the opening of the headquarter in Bonn within the jurisdiction of the European Union.

Read also about UABio signed Memorandum on cooperation in RES promotion with renewable energy Ambassador here.

A brief video about the Press Conference you can view here: 

A full video about the Press Conference you can view here: