The lack of reforms and neglected district heating in Ukraine led to its decline in the last decade by almost 20%. Аlthough the district heating (DH) coverage of Ukrainian cities is one of the highest in Europe. Can central heating be modern?

The author, economist and historian Valery Shcherbyna tells LB.UA about the realities of DH sector in Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania, and determines the negative heritage in the district heating system, which we have to refuse to stop the growth of tariffs and to improve services.

Read full article here (in Ukrainian).

graz declarationEurope has a specific responsibility to lead the way to a fossil free society. Technologies, know how, experience, capital, potential and positive examples are available as on no other continent. With a successful climate policy Europe could urge other continents to follow the European Example. Without European leadership no other continent will take the lead to implement COP 21 targets in time and the race against uncontrolled global warming will be lost globally. Given this background decision makers are urged to act accordingly.

Taking the opportunity of the the 5th Central European Biomass Conference held in Graz on January 18th, major biomass associations decided to unit and signed the `Declaration of Graz` as a guideline for the development of bioenergy in Europe towards 2030.

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Energy use of wood waste from agrarian pruning and plantation removal requires attraction of service companies, producers of technological and energy equipment, as well as end users.

To date, the lack of cooperation between these stakeholders hindered the possibility of creating new value chains and overcome the main obstacles related to the size of orchards / vineyards, the cost of collection of cuttings and management, low-wage, logistics and lack of opportunity to benefit from the production of biomass.

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b4b article switching to bioenergy

If you ask business players across Europe,  most  of  them  will  agree  that  fossil  fuels   are outdated and that they increasingly are  a source of threats and instability for their  businesses.  However,  when  it  comes  to   the great leap towards renewables, a lack  or shortage of information acts as a strong  deterrent for many. Bioenergy has a lot to  offer in such a context, already providing a  great  number  of  companies  everywhere   on    the    continent    with    sustainable,     affordable   and   secure   supply.   Even   if    media  often  focus  all  their  attention  on   wind and solar, the reality is that bioenergy  accounts  for  more  than  60%  of  the  EU’s   renewable  energy  consumption,  a  share   that  is  steadily  growing  and  expected  to   continue to do so in the near future. This  success  can  be  explained  by  the  fact   that  bioenergy  is  backed  by  mature  and   efficient  technology  together  with  very   competitive fuels compared to coal, oil or  gas. 

Read the article in full on the B4B project website

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  forestry problems

Deforestation in the Carpathian Mountains, a problem that has become the greatest resonance lately, is just the tip of the iceberg. Forestry occupies 1/6 of the country, but recently problems of forest growing and management retreated into the background, and Ministry of Agriculture, to which the State Forestry Agency is subordinated, was focused only on obtaining quick financial results.

Inactivity usually costs too expensive, but this inactivity should be regarded as the reluctance of officials to implement results already prepared by experts, including foreign. A number of problems that have accumulated in the sector is growing and currently includes the following:

  • Increased exports of unprocessed timber, which led to critical relationships with woodworking industry;
  • Unsettled market for wood and the lack of procedure for its sales at the internal market leads to thriving of illegal market;;
  • The lack of administrative and criminal liability for processing of stolen timber and weak functions of forest protection;
  • The inaction of regional councils, which control about 3 million hectares. regarding forestry development and approval of the program "Forests of regions" by 2025;
  • Old rules for felling that do not include modern technology and environmental friendliness their conducting;
  • Continuous unwarranted felling, especially in national parks;
  • The absence of advanced wood processing at small and medium businesses, especially in depressed areas of the Carpathians and Polesie, where there are no other jobs except in forestry;
  • Inadequate budget funding of forestry for the South and East of the country that leads to mass exempt of professional foresters, leaving unguarded forests, especially in the critical summer months of dry weather. The mass phenomenon is also deforestation at hundreds of hectares in Polesie due to mining amber, and Kherson and other areas due to mining of sand and stone.

According to materials of a letter of the National coordinator of FLEG Program Yuriy Marchenko to the Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (in Ukrainian).

International Financial Corporation (IFC, World Bank Group) gladly shared with Bioenergy Association of Ukraine findings of the Survey "Market conditions for biomass-to-energy projects in Ukraine".

The survey has been conducted among 200+ Ukrainian stakeholders: pellet producers, agricultural producers (agro-holdings), as well as district heating companies. It will be helpful for policy decision makers to shape biomass market support responses, for vendors to find potential market opportunities, and for financial institutions to understand which financial instruments will be best to offer.

The survey findings are supplemented with some recommendations from technical and financial experts with strong background in developing and financing similar projects in Europe and globally, including Head of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgiy Geletukha.

We hope that this report will provide useful information and contribute to future advancement of biomass-to-energy projects in Ukraine.

Download the survey “Market conditions for biomass-to-energy projects in Ukraine”

Bioenergy4Business Broshure #2 "Supply of solid biofuels for mid-scale heat plants" is already available on the B4B website.

Broshure includes:

  • Basic technical rules for establishing fuel delivery systems, supply chains and storage facilities;
  • Examples of logistic systems for fuel delivery and recommendations regarding content of fuel delivery contracts;
  • Presentation of successful cases with key characteristics and photos.
Download Bioenergy4Business Broshure #2 "Supply of solid biofuels for mid-scale heat plants"

EIPS (the European Industry of Pellet Suppliers) and EPC (the European Pellet Council), in collaboration with AEBIOM, are organizing a workshop dedicated to the European medium scale pellet combustion plants market (100 kW – 5 MW).

Date: 11, 12 May 2016

Location: Diamant Conference & Business Centre 80 Bd. A. Reyers LN Brussels, Belgium

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The Cabinet of Ministers approved a decision regarding unified gas prices for households and industry. Resolution №758 was unanimously supported by all members of the Cabinet.

According to the Resolution, the government made it mandatory since 1 May for "Naftogaz Ukraine" to sell the gas to the population at a single price 6 879 UAH per thousand m3 (with VAT, transportation costs and other expenses).

Thus Cabinet abolished the so-called "social norm" in the volume of 1 200 m3 per heating season for the price of 3 600 UAH per thousand m3, which acted in the heating season of 2015/2016 period.

Sale price of gas for heating utilities demand is also set at 6 879 UAH per thousand m3.

The price of gas as a commodity (excluding VAT and transportation) is 4 942 UAH per thousand m3.

As you know, the memorandum with the IMF envisages raising from April 1, 2016, the price of gas for the population within social norms 1 200 cubic meters. in the heating season to a level of 75% of import parity.

At this gas price for the households the implementation of projects of heat from biomass for the sector is economically viable because of the quick payback of bioenergy projects.

According to materials of "Українська правда"

Last year in Ukraine more than 20 million tons of corn were collected. This is second only compared to the results of 2013-2014. But, although corn is profitable, farmers are not succeed in earning as in previous years, because of the gradually decreasing of the price on the world markets. Therefore, an increasing in income per hectare and reducing costs are still needed to farmers. In particular, earning on the by-product of the corn can be one of the possibilities to do these. presents a shortened version of the 16-th Position Paper of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine "Opportunities for harvesting by-products of grain corn for energy production in Ukraine". In addition, we have interviewed technique dealers on the feasibility of the project implementation in practice.
Read the full article at agricultural news agency Agravery (in Ukrainian).  

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