Goals of the event were to overview and discuss the current state and development trends of the nationalenergy efficiency (EE) and energy policy and lessons learnt in Belarus and EU, as well as the role ofinnovation in promoting the EE, to come up with recommendations on further development of the national EE policy and in particular on promoting the cooperation with EU, to contribute to the final INNOVER-EAST policy event aimed at summarizing the lessons learnt and recommendations from five Eastern Partnership countries and provide recommendations for EU member states and Eastern Partnership policy makers on a wider and more effective cooperation in energy.
The participants of the national policy workshop were policy makers representing the state authorities in charge of the EE policy and innovation, representatives of the local research and business community, energy and innovation service providers, NGOs, and the partners in the INNOVER-EAST project from the Eastern Partnership countries and EU. The twin of the Belarus partner - International Center for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES Center), Zagreb, Croatia was also present and helped in the organization of the event.
There were around 55 participants in total. Among them there were 7 SMEs, 6 research organisations, 16 NCPs/NIPs or other EU-related guests and 8 other entities (ministries, centres, agencies, universities, etc.). The working language was Russian.
Organizers were: ENECA, BelAPE and BelISA, INNOVER-EAST partners in Belarus with the support from the International Center for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES, Croatia).
The workshop was a part of two-day program in which the second day was, again an INNOVER-EAST project activity, the Brokerage Event in Energy Efficiency and Energy in Belarus, held on 12 May, 2016, in Minsk, Belarus at the same venue.
The event was also organized by “ENECA” VLC, BelAPE and BelISA, INNOVER-EAST partners in Belarus with the support from the International Center for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (Croatia), and was very successful especially among stakeholders from Belarus.
The aims of the event were to facilitate the matchmaking of research organizations and businesses with the aim of upscaling and commercializing research results and innovative products; to make the local innovation players aware of selected local and EU financial instruments to support their innovation activities; to improve skills of the Belarusian INNOVER-EAST partners in organizing brokerage events; to serve as a pilot action for INNOVER-EAST EAP partners and their twins and provide lessons for improving services on organization of the national brokerages and in particular the final brokerage event in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine (spring 2017); and to promote the final INNOVER-EAST brokerage event in Ukraine to possible local participants.