During the event participants had an opportunity to share ideas on the development of sustainable energy concepts, to discuss political options for energy efficiency growth and alternative energy sources development in Ukraine. The event was oriented on Ukrainian politicians, society and entrepreneurs.
EUEA Board member Wolfram Rehbock in his presentation “General Political Conditions for Renewable Energy – Status Quo and Perspectives” focused on investment conditions in general. Without stable economic and political frameworks and without consideration of the “rule of law” remarkable investments unlikely will happen in Ukraine. Moreover, green tariff system should be put into a context of a new Energy Strategy for Ukraine that takes into account the potentials of Ukraine (e.g. biomass) and pays attention to factors like affordable energy prices, sustainability, inter-generation fairness etc. When talking about the energy balance of Ukraine not only renewable energies should be regarded, but especially the reduction of energy consumption. Energy efficiency can be partially regulated, but the best regulation is the market with non-subsidized energy prices. Notwithstanding the need of regulation of energy market due to its monopolized character any system should let space for competition. Finally Mr. Rehbock noticed that investment needs into (smart) grids will force Ukraine to a privatization of this sector.
In the frames of the conference were held B-to-B meetings between Ukrainian and German business community, interested in business contacts in the sphere of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The co-organizer of the meetings was EUEA. German companies draw attention of the Ukrainian companies to the industrial capability in the wind- and bioenergy.