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. The event is part of the economic mission of streamlining the biomass energy carried out by a group of Romanian entrepreneurs in the Republic of Moldova.
‘Biomass subject is very important to Eastern European states, including to the Republic of Moldova. Cluster cooperation opens new doors for the implementation of new interregional projects such as ‘InterReg Danube’, which can stimulate the development of biomass energy sector’, observed Lajos Vajda, President of Green Energy Cluster of Romania.
The Memorandum defines key fields and forms of cooperation between both entities, and 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 with biomass energy-related activities established according to the Romanian Cluster model is an efficient form of cooperation that takes roots in Moldova’, said Vladimir Brăgaru, President of Biomass Energy Cluster.
Biomass Energy Cluster of Moldova was created in 2017 based on Romanian model, with the assistance of Energy and Biomass Project funded by the European Union and implemented by the UNDP. The structure represents a platform for discussions and biomass cooperation 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 expertize of Romanian Cluster, which provided necessary support: training, exchange of experience and study visits.
Green Energy Innovative Biomass Cluster of Romania was founded in February 2011 and has 37 members who cooperate and exchange experience in the field of innovation and research. Besides businesses, the Romanian Cluster includes local public administration, universities, consultancy companies and institutions that can contribute to production and capitalization of biomass as renewable energy source.
The economic mission of Romanian entrepreneurs takes places from 6 to 8 June. It is attended by entrepreneurs specialized in biomass generation, renewable energy producers, companies that carry out biomass-related activities, as well as representatives of other organizations that want to transfer the know-how and exchange the experience to develop common projects. Besides signing the Memorandum between these two entities from Romania and Moldova, the event included meetings with representatives of local authorities and discussions to initiate common projects, workshops, study visits to biomass projects in Chisinau region as well as business meetings with companies from the Republic of Moldova.
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