PLAN OF ACTION OF THE

BSEC WORKING GROUP ON ENERGY FOR THE PERIOD 2018-2019
Country - Coordinator: Ukraine

 

Considering the provisions of the Declarations on cooperation in the field of energy and Statements of Energy Ministers of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (hereafter - BSEC) Member States,

Affirming the importance of developing cooperation between countries and peoples of the Black Sea region with an objective to guarantee the stability and prosperity of the region,

Taking into account the potential of the BSEC Member States to develop a sustainable energy future,

Emphasizing the role of the Organization of the BSEC as a mechanism for developing multilateral energy cooperation in the region;

Acknowledging the crucial importance of developing the appropriate framework and implementing measures aimed at strengthening the partnerships between key producers/suppliers, energy importers and transit countries of the Black Sea region,

Recognizing the importance of defining regional energy policy objectives and developing relevant regional infrastructure, able to ensure the sustainable diversification of both routes and sources of energy supplies,

Considering the importance of developing cooperation between BSEC and relevant international organizations and institutions,

Having respect to the achievements in the field of energy cooperation that had been reached during the period of previous countries coordination was a Country-Coordinator of the BSEC Working Group on Energy,

Reaffirming the collective commitment to enhance energy security, competitiveness and sustainability in the Black Sea region,

Acknowledging the strategic role of the energy sector in strengthening cooperation in the Black Sea region,

 

 

Taking into account the activity of other international organizations and forums in the sphere of energy as well as the objectives of the initiative SE4ALL,

 

The Plan of Action of the BSEC Working Group on Energy is focused on the following priority areas:

  1. Energy security and Sustainable energy development
  • Development and improvement of energy infrastructure in the Black Sea region
  • Exchange of information on legislation in energy sector and national programs

 

  1. Energy security and SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

Objective: Development and implementation of relevant strategies and building the necessary institutional capacity for promoting energy security and sustainable energy in the Black Sea Region countries, following the best practices in the field enhancing energy efficiency and energy savings, alternative and renewable energy including offshore renewable energy.

Activities:

Promote research projects and programs for secure, reliable, competitive and cleaner energy in the Black Sea region. Exchange of best practice aimed at improving the quality and quantity of energy services, including necessary evaluation of energy legislation which would promote market development as a self-regulating system.

Promote energy security through diversification of energy supply sources and routes, optimization of local energy sources, improvement of energy efficiency and effective implementation of renewable energy sources as well as nuclear energy, to the extent to which it is in compliance with the national legislation of Member States.

Promote the development of an effective and balanced energy mix which includes both traditional fossil fuels and renewable energy sources including offshore renewable energy.

Establish a close cooperation and exchange of experience in Research & Development, clean fossil fuel technologies and sustainable use of all energy sources.

Develop a competitive regional energy market on the basis of reliable energy infrastructure and investigate opportunities and possibilities to develop mechanisms for a future sustainable energy market

Exchange of information on best practice in the sphere of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Promote governmental - private partnership to facilitate the development of a network between administrative bodies and / or expert organizations and centers in BSEC Member States mandated to promote renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures, with a view to exchange and transfer technical «knowhow» and promote the necessary legislative and regulatory reforms in their respective countries, in order to reduce non-technical barriers.

Finalize the Green Energy Strategy Paper of the BSEC Member States.

Enhance further cooperation with relevant international organizations and institutions in order to develop practical and purpose-oriented cooperation in the fields of energy security, energy efficiency and sustainable development.

 

Methods:

Encourage and promote the organization of expert events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops in order to exchange information and share experience on the progress being made and steps to be taken in the sphere of sustainable development in the BSEC Member States. The BSEC PERMIS will be actively involved in corresponding activities, such as the elaboration of documents, monitoring their implementation, organization of events and are welcome to provide suggestions for any further improvements.

Monitor progress in the sphere of sustainable energy development made by other relevant international energy organizations, especially UN Commissions, IEA, IRENA, REN21, G20, SE4ALL etc.

  1. II. IMPROVEMENT OF ENERGY infrastructure to enhance energy seCurity IN THE BLACK SEA REGION

To enhance energy security in the Region

Objectives: Improvement of energy infrastructure to enhance energy security in the Black Sea region, realization of new oil and gas transportation initiatives, including the promotion of already existing infrastructure projects in various stages of development, electricity interconnection, development of a stable and secure business environment aimed at attracting investments in new infrastructure projects in the region.

Activities:

Promote various projects and programs for development of the energy infrastructure in the Black Sea region aimed at strengthening cooperation among the BSEC Member States.

 

Provide regional transfer of the best available technologies in the area of fossil fuel exploration, transportation, storage and refining aimed at improving environmental health.

Development and enhancement of the electricity networks, including through the promotion of an efficient integration of renewable energy sources into existing energy networks.

Methods:

Organize workshops, seminars and expert meetings regarding the exchange of information in the sphere of energy infrastructure development.

Prepare reports and/or detailed information concerning new energy projects in the Black Sea region.

 

III. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION ON LEGISLATION IN ENERGY sector and energy marKet reform

 

Objectives: Exchange of information on legislation in energy sector and energy market reforms in BSEC Member States. Cooperation aimed at the implementation of best practices/ innovations and latest updates regarding advanced energy technologies, energy projects, energy sources etc.

 

Activities:

Promote exchange of information on legislation in energy sector and energy market reform in BSEC Member States.

Encourage discussion on energy legislation in the frame of the BSEC Working Group on energy meetings.

Promote dialogue among the BSEC Member States̀• governmental bodies and energy companies concerning the necessity to improve energy legislation, taking into consideration best practices and relevant experience of other international organizations and forums.

Methods:

Encourage and promote organization of expert events, such as conferences, seminars and workshops in order to exchange information and share the best practice in the sphere of development of the oil and gas, power sectors, use of renewables, energy efficiency, new energy technologies etc.

 

COORDINATOR INSTITUTION:

Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine