Promoting renewable energy schemes for energy security and climate action: lessons from Lithuania


The Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Lithuania to the United Nations in New York, and the Lithuanian Development Cooperation Platform, with the help of supporting partners, invite you to the side event held on the occasion of the 2023 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Event Title: Promoting renewable energy schemes for energy security and climate action: lessons from Lithuania

Date: Monday, July 17, 2023

Time: 18:30-20:00 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Place: Conference Room C, 760 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan, New York City

The event will be hosted by Mr Simonas Gentvilas, Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, and Mr Kęstutis Kupšys, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Representative of the Lithuanian Development Cooperation Platform, who is also the Vice-President of the Lithuanian Consumers Alliance.

Upon a presentation of the ‘unique feature’ (as put by the International Energy Agency) of the Lithuanian energy market – fast uptake of prosumers – the participants will discuss opportunities for decentralized electricity generation globally.

We will present Lithuanian achievements and the remaining challenges ahead during the side event. How did Lithuanian state actors embrace collaboration with energy system stakeholders and civil society to combine climate action with the drive to ‘fast-forward’ energy security needs? How has this led to prioritizing support for innovative renewable energy schemes that meet specific social and environmental criteria, such as the inclusion of energy-poor households, the empowerment of local communities, and the creation of a vibrant solar energy industrial ecosystem?

During the roundtable discussion, we will ask our guest experts what future they see for decentralized electricity generation in specific local circumstances. Of particular importance, interlinkages among SDGs 1, 7, 11, 13 and 17 will be exposed during the debate, learning from the lessons of the Lithuanian case. We welcome the excellent speakers for this panel discussion:

Mrs Putheary Sin, Executive Director of the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, Council Member of Global Call to Action Against Poverty

Mrs Maria Nikolopoulou, Representative of Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (Trade Union Confederation of Workers’ Commissions, Spain) to the EESC

Mrs Martina M. Kabisama, National Coordinator at the SAHRiNGON Tanzania Chapter

Mrs Daphany Rose Sanchez, Executive Director at Kinetic Communities Consulting, NY

Mr Piyush Verma, Senior Governance Expert – Energy, United Nations Development Programme

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