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EU to send 30 million LED lamps to Ukraine

The European Union is set to send up to 30 million LED lamps to Ukraine to help the country reduce its energy needs.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the Commission is to spend £26 million on the purchase.

It’s believed that the lamps, in addition with other measures, will help save around 1 GW of electricity.

‘At a time when temperatures across Ukraine have dropped to below zero, Russian attacks have left millions without reliable access to electricity, central heating and water,’ the Commission said in a statement. ‘To help those most in need, at the conference ‘Standing with the Ukrainian people’ in Paris, President Ursula von der Leyen made three major announcements, including an EU delivery of urgently needed power generators, the setting up of a rescEU health and energy hub in Poland opened to any third country donors, and  the donation of the energy saving lightbulbs.

The EU has mobilised around 800 power generators to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. The latest batch includes 40 new large generators from the rescEU reserve to provide uninterrupted power to 30

hospitals across the country.

Additionally some100 small to medium power generators will come from France, 19 generators from Slovakia, 23 generators from Germany and four emergency power systems from Poland as well as 252 transformers from Lithuania.

Furthermore, The EU is also currently setting up a new rescEU energy hub in Poland to facilitate the transport and warehousing of donations from third parties and help with their delivery to Ukraine. This is done in cooperation with the G7 partners and can greatly increase supplies of emergency aid to Ukraine.

Overall, the EU’s Emergency Response Coordination Centre has channelled more than 76,677 tonnes of assistance of various types to Ukraine via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism since February.

Ray Molony

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