Vice-rector for international affairs of the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas, Professor Maksym Karpash paid an official visit to Brussels. At the invitation of leading ENABLE.EU project experts, he attended a Responsible Energy Practice Workshop in Europe. The workshop was held on March 15 at the European Economic and Social Committee under the ENABLE.EU project. Experts from state and research institutes, leading universities and business associations from various member states of the European Union and other countries were invited to the workshop.
It should be noted that Europe is currently on a transitional stage to low carbon energy, which is aimed at solving problems related to climate change, high levels of pollution and the growing problem of energy security. In connection with this, a number of problems arise that need to be handled by leading experts in this field, including IFNTUOG experts.
Mr. Karpash noted the urgency of the issues chosen for discussion: "Today, people not only in Europe but also around the world are concerned with the issue of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Ukraine and, in particular, our university do not stay aloof and are actively working to solve these problems and seek answers to energy challenges." It should be emphasized that IFNTUOG was not chosen randomly for participation in the workshop, as it occupies a leading position among the higher education establishments for reducing energy consumption and has considerable experience in the implementation of energy efficiency projects. Accordingly, Ivano-Frankivsk has every opportunity to become an energy-efficient center of our state.
Among the many urgent issues that require some steps to be taken, the most pressing issues for discussion are: decentralization of power systems; creation of micro-networks, which would include private power producers and local consumers; promotion of energy efficiency and energy saving; increase in the use of electric vehicles, etc.