Published: 04 July 2022 04 July 2022
The European and Ukrainian Wind and Solar Associations condemn Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine in the strongest terms. The European solar and wind community stands in firm solidarity with the people of Ukraine. At a hybrid event jointly hosted by WindEurope, SolarPower Europe, the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) and the Solar Energy Association of Ukraine (ASEU) EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson stressed that the EU is working at full speed to reduce this dependence and strengthen Europe’s energy security.
With REPowerEU, its energy answer to the war in Ukraine, the European Commission will put an end to the import of fossil fuel from Russia by 2027. In the meantime, the EU is diversifying its energy supply, ramping up the expansion of renewables and boosting energy efficiency.
On the day of the International Ukraine Recovery Conference (URC 2022) in Lugano, the EU is resolute in its support for the people of Ukraine. The EU will intensify its commitment to drive the recovery of the hard-hit Ukrainian economy. An essential element of this support will be the reconstruction and modernisation of Ukraine’s energy sector. Solar and wind will support the country’s independence and prosperity going forward.
At today’s event, the European and Ukrainian Solar and Wind Associations published a joint statement calling on the leaders from Ukraine and the EU to embrace renewables and renewable hydrogen in Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction by setting a target of at least 50% of renewables in electricity production by 2030, through a combination of rooftop and ground-mounted solar, as well as onshore and offshore wind.