«Ecodevelop» (UABio member) received official accreditation of «Ukrgasbank» as an Eco-partner and General Contractor.

«Ecodevelop» became the first company in Ukraine, which received the status of General contractor for construction of biogas stations.

At the end of last year, «Ukrgasbank» began to develop a new direction - a public accreditation procedure for EPC-contractors. The main task is to minimize the possible risks of failure to perform by contractors and form a public register of professionals of the Ukrainian market. Thanks to its expertise and experience, the bank began to carry out a detailed analysis of the activities of EPC-contractors and form a pool of professional companies that investors can trust.

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There are about 4 million hectares of underutilized, marginal and contaminated agricultural lands in Ukraine. Traditional agriculture is not profitable for organizing on these lands. Most of these areas are suited very good for growing energy crops - willow, poplar, miscanthus, switchgrass and others. Their cultivation is actively developing in Europe: for farmers, it is a profitable business and land improvement, for local communities - it's additional income from land rent and job creation, for the country - energy independence and environmental improvement. It is projected that by 2020 the EU land available for cultivating energy crops will increase to 20.5 million hectares, and by 2030 - to 26.2 million hectares.

In Ukraine, the branch of growing energy crops is in its infancy, with about 4,000 hectares of marginal land planted with energy crops, mostly energy willow, , oplar and miscanthus, which average annual yield is 20 t/ha.

Bioenergy Association of Ukraine participated in UNDP study tour organized by UNDP Project "Development and Commercialization of Bioenergy Technologies in the Municipal Sector in Ukraine". This article source is an article from the newspaper Den': "30% of natural gas "grows" in the fields" (in Ukrainian).

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Project: Energy Security Project (ESP)
Implementer: Tetra Tech, ES Inc.
Project Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023

The purpose of Energy Security Project (ESP) is to enhance Ukraine’s energy security. Improving the energy legal and regulatory environment and increasing the resilience of energy supply will help USAID to achieve broad-based, resilient economic development as a means to sustain Ukrainian democracy. Providing assistance for the creation and development of free market mechanisms is the main goal of ESP.

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The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine expressed its position on the draft Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" regarding the improvement of the mechanism for the formation and establishment of tariffs for thermal energy, including those produced using alternative energy sources" in a letter to the Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Genadii Zubko and Head of SAEE of Ukraine Sergij Savchuk.

The text of the letter refers to the delimitation of powers of local self-government bodies and Energy and Utilities the National Regulatory Commission during the establishment of tariffs for heat energy from alternative sources of energy, the establishment of tariffs for heat energy from alternative sources of energy and other.

Read the full letter here (in Ukrainian).

People's deputies of Ukraine prepared an open letter regarding Ukraine's investment commitments in the field of renewable energy and the fulfillment of the terms of the Association Agreement with the EU and the goals of sustainable development. In the letter, the concern regarding the possible change of the existing rules of the game in the regulatory environment, which will negatively affect the development of renewable energy in Ukraine expressed by a number of people's deputies of Ukraine.

People's deputies consider it unacceptable to make any statements regarding changes in the existing state policy in the development of renewable energy in Ukraine by 2029. Because it can worsen the investor's interest.

Read the full text of the open letter here (in Ukrainian).

Середньозважені тарифи 22.12.2017On December 22, 2017, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving announced the average weighted tariffs for heat energy produced using gas for the needs of the population, institutions and organizations financed from the state or local budgets.

Pursuant to the requirements of Article 20 of the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply", the SAEE promulgates weighted average tariffs for thermal energy produced using natural gas for the needs of the population and budgetary institutions, as well as tariffs for the transportation and supply of thermal energy (http://saee.gov.ua/uk/content/serednozvazheni-taryfy).

Recall that the Law of Ukraine on the promotion of heat production from renewable sources (http://zakon0.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/1959-19) introduced a simplified and transparent procedure for setting tariffs for heat "not from gas."

For reference:

The State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine quarterly up to the 25th day of the last month of the quarter calculates the weighted average tariff for the implementation of Article 20 of the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" and in accordance with the Procedure for Calculation of Weighted Average Tariffs for Heat Energy Produced by Natural Gas for the Consumption of the Population, and organizations financed from the state or local budget, its transportation and supply, approved by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 06 09.09.2017 № 679.

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Today the largest international players in the field of renewable energy consider Ukraine as the most attractive European market among the developing economies.

Such conclusions were made based on the results of the 9th International Sustainable Energy Forum and Exhibition of Eastern Europe SEF-2017 Kyiv, which took place on October 9-11 in Kyiv.

Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha has participated in the Forum and Exhibition SEF-2017 Kyiv and was leading the bioenergy section. His presentation you can find here.

In particular, in the first half of 2017, the total capacity of renewable energy facilities increased in Ukraine by 183 MW and exceeded 1.46 GW. It is estimated that by the end of the year, this figure may exceed 1.52 GW.

The 9th International Sustainable Energy Forum and Exhibition of Eastern Europe SEF-2017 Kyiv was held on October 9-11 in Kyiv at “Parkovy” Congress and Exhibition center. 440 delegates and 58 exhibitors from 32 countries became participants of the industry event. The organizer of SEF-2017 KYIV is Innovative Business Centre (IB Center).

Program and more information about the International Forum and Exhibition SEF-2017 Kyiv you can find on the website www.2017.sefkyiv.com.

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iea wood pellet study 2017IEA published an updated report on market trends and trade of wood pellets in the world. Since 2011 global wood pellet market increased annually by 14% in average. The study covers the issues of pellet production, trade and consumption, as well as pellet prices nowadays and in the future in different countries and globally.

Download the Global wood pellet industry and trade study 2017 from the IEA website or by the direct link

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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