On May 26, 2015 Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Ukraine and IC “Green Dossier” held the 2nd meeting in the framework of the discussion forum “The future that we are building.”
The project is implemented in support of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is leading global initiative “Sustainable Energy for All” which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services, improve energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy.
The key speakers were Georgiy Geletukha, Chairman of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine; Mykola Kobets, Expert UNIDO project “Improving energy efficiency and promoting the use of renewable energy in the agri-food and other small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) in Ukraine; Igor Cherkashyn, Head of NGO “Expert platform for energy efficiency.”
Expert talks were mainly around issues of Ukraine’s commitments on the implementation of European energy law (3rd Energy Pact) and inconsistency of definitions of basic terminology as the main problems on the way to it (e.g. the difference between “liquid biofuel” and “bioliquids”).
Georgiy Geletukha commenting on National Action Plan for Renewable Energy by 2020, again, drew the attention of the audience to the fact that the planned share of renewables in final energy consumption in Ukraine in 2020 should be 11%. While the EU had 14.1% RES in gross final energy consumption already in 2012. He said that the potential use of local biomass for heating only, will reduce import of gas on 6.25 billion cubic meters in 2020.