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A Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of Biomass Energy was signed in Chisinau between the Biomass Energy Cluster of the Republic of Moldova and Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster of Romania during the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

“Biomass subject is very important to Eastern European states, including to the Republic of Moldova. Our clusters cooperation opens new doors for the implementation of new interregional projects such as ‘InterReg Danube’, which can stimulate the development of biomass energy sector,” noted Lajos Vajda, President of Green Energy Cluster of Romania.

The memorandum aims at promoting biomass energy and enhancing efforts in fighting climate change. The document was developed with the assistance provided under EaPlus Programme.

“The cooperation platform for key stakeholders of biomass energy sector, replicating the model of the Romanian Cluster, is an efficient form of cooperation that takes roots in Moldova,” said Vladimir Bragaru, President of Biomass Energy Cluster.

Biomass Energy Cluster of Moldova was created in 2017 based on the Romanian model, with the assistance of the Energy and Biomass Project funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNDP.  The structure represents a platform for discussions and cooperation in the field of biomass and has more than 20 members: private companies, public authorities, research institutions, universities, active associations in green energy sector, etc.  The platform is based on expertise of the Romanian Cluster, which provided needed support: training, exchange of experience and study visits.

The Energy and Biomass Project, phase two, is a project carried out in 2015-2018, with a total budget of Euro 9.41 million provided by the European Union and is implemented by the United Nations Development Programme. It continues the first phase of the project (2011-2014), with a total budget of Euro 14.56 million offered by the European Union (Euro 14 million) and UNDP (Euro 560,000).  The national partner of the Energy and Biomass Project is the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure.

​The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector. More information on: www.EU4Energy.eu

For additional information contact: Ina Prisacaru-Zglavuta, Communication and Mass Media Specialist, Energy and Biomass Project, Tel: (+373 69)141006, ina.zglavuta@undp.org  

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