On December 12, 2017, the Information Day "Use of underutilized land for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production – additional income to farmers" was held. Goal of the Info Day was to demonstrate the economic efficiency of biomass energy plantations for energy production in Ukraine.
Representatives of agrarian companies and farmers, as well as representatives of municipalities, came to the event among more than 80 participants from all over Ukraine. The event was opened by the Head of the State Department of Energy Efficiency of Ukraine Serhiy Savchuk, who spoke about state support for the development of bioenergy as one of the main renewable energy sources in Ukraine, especially for replacing natural gas.
In particular, Ukraine currently provides support in the form of a "green" tariff for electricity production from RES and for the 10 months of 2017 new facilities with a total installed capacity of 39 MW in biomass and 34 MW in biogas have been introduced by this tariff. According to Sergiy Savchuk, currently about 4 thousand hectares are currently planted with perennial energy crops, which is still less than in Denmark (10 thousand hectares), Poland (13 thousand hectares), Italy (57 thousand hectares) and others. The total area under power crops in EU countries is 140 thousand hectares. Ukraine has the potential of about 4 million hectares of land, which, provided they grow energy crops, have the potential to replace about 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas equal to 2/3 of the gas needs of Ukraine.
Chairman of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha spoke about the rapid pace of bioenergy development, as well as the 11% target set in the new Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035 in terms of biomass in the overall primary energy supply structure. Also, Georgii Geletukha noted that the achievement of this goal is impossible without the involvement of agricultural biomass and energy crops. The head of the UABio also announced the existing barriers that slow down the development of the bioenergy sector today and the ways of their solution, among which the first priority is the creation of a biofuels exchange, based on the example of the Lithuanian stock exchange BALTPOOL. The development of the necessary legislative framework for the creation of such a stock exchange is currently underway by the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. The registration of the corresponding draft law is scheduled for December 2017.
International project «FORBIO - Fostering sustainable feedstock production for advanced biofuels on underutilised land in Europe» is aimed at showing the viability of using land in the EU Member States for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production that does not affect the supply of food and feed, in addition to not interfering with land currently used for recreational and/or conservation purposes. Project activities and outputs set the basis for building up and strengthening local bioenergy value chains that are competitive and that meet the highest sustainability standards, thus contributing to the market uptake of sustainable bioenergy in the EU. (Read more at www.forbio-project.eu).
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