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GWNET brings you the 6th instalment of the “Meet the Women in Energy Empowerment” series which celebrates the work and achievements of the women who are part of the Women in Energy Empowerment Mentoring Programme. This programme is made up of 30 mentee-mentor tandems, with mentees from Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. Meet mentee, Nataliia Bespala, Sustainable Building Engineer at VAGA LLC in Ukraine.

1) Tell us a little about yourself. What do you love most about what you do?

I like the practical activities associated with the inspection of buildings and the processes that can affect energy consumption in the building. At the moment, energy certification of buildings is of interest.


2) What were your goals when you started working in the energy sector? What are your goals today?

My goal was to find the exact direction in the energy sector that can spur me on to further development. At the moment, my goal is to develop skills in the deeper survey of both residential and industrial buildings, with the possibility of certification at an international level.


3) What are the opportunities for sustainable energy in your country?

The development of local systems is one of the possible directions. At the moment, there are some difficulties with renewable energy sources which can be solved through the development of local systems.

4) What challenges have you faced in the sector? Can you tell us how you overcame (or are overcoming) this challenge(s)?

At the moment, there is certification of buildings but it is going through a certain stage of adaptation since a lot of specialists have appeared. So far, not all consumers understand the importance of energy efficiency and the need for energy certification of buildings, both residential and industrial.

5) Where would you like to be in 5 years and how can this mentoring programme support you?

I would like to gain some experience in the specifics of work in the direction of international certification.


6) What advice would you give to women hoping to join the sustainable energy sector?

Be persistent and don’t stop there. It’s unusual, but worth it.


Read more about GWNET’s mentoring programmes here


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