The draft report Sustainable Energy Scenarios – Energy perspectives for the Kaliningrad Region as an integrated part of the Baltic Sea Region will be presented at the upcoming BDF Summit in Vilnius.
Together with the co-sponsors, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Information Office in Kaliningrad, Baltic Development Forum is going to present the draft report Sustainable Energy Scenarios – Energy perspectives for the Kaliningrad Region as an integrated part of the Baltic Sea Region at the Baltic Development Forum Summit, 1-2 June in Vilnius.
The report is a follow-up to last years’ energy report that took a broader look at the mutual advantages of energy cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region. Now we want to focus on the special situation of Kaliningrad and cooperation with Russia in this regard. The study will be carried out by the energy consultants Ea Energy Analyses.
The EU’s energy cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region is making new progress due to the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and the BEMIP (Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan) implementation. As the last year’s Energy Scenarios demonstrated there are many benefits related to a more integrated energy planning approach and not least between the EU countries.
Due to the geographical situation of Kaliningrad as part of the Russian Federation, the question is how the Kaliningrad region is placed in this pattern. Can the Kaliningrad region also profit in terms of energy efficiency and reduction of CO2 emissions through a deeper integration of energy systems – and vice versa?
Without disregarding the questions of energy security, the new report on sustainable energy scenarios will present new findings high lightening the benefits and costs of investments in inter-connectors and new power generating facilities in the region. Several new nuclear power plants are in the pipeline (In Lithuania and in Kaliningrad) but how will they interact with each other and influence the overall situation of the energy sector in the Baltic Sea Region? Is there room for new nuclear power plants in this part of the Region? How will a new nuclear power plant in Kaliningrad influence the objective to introduce energy saving policies and initiatives?
The aim of the report is not to add to the political sensitivities of the energy cooperation between the EU and Russia. On the contrary, the aim is to clarify, and thus to promote a spirit of confidence, co-operation and good neighborly relations. Due to this, the study will be a tool for dialogue between the countries in the region as well as the relevant energy organizations.
The study will be uniquely combining updated energy data from the whole Baltic Sea Region including Russian energy data.
2010 update: The report is available here