International Conference "Biomass for energy 2019" received support from World Bioenergy Association (WBA) and confirmation from the President of WBA Remigijus Lapinskas to become a Co-Chairman of the Conference.

World Bioenergy Association (WBA) is the global organization dedicated to supporting and representing the wide range of actors in the bioenergy sector. Our members include bioenergy associations, institutions, companies and individuals.

Mission of WBA: Promote the increasing utilization of bioenergy globally in an efficient and sustainable way and to support the business environment for bioenergy.

Conference website: www.UABioConf.org/en
Presentation of the President of World Bioenergy Association Remigijus Lapinskas at the 13th International Conference "BIOMASS FOR ENERGY", 19-20 September 2017 -  Global status of bioenergy and proposals for increased deployment.
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We offer you cooperation within the framework of BIOPLAT-EU project: "Promoting Sustainable Use of Underutilized Lands for Bioenergy Production through a Web-Based Platform for Europe" of the European Program "Horizon 2020 – Competitive Low Carbon Energy".

Through a web-based platform (www.bioplat.eu) the BIOPLAT-EU project will promote and support the uptake of sustainable bioenergy projects on marginal, underutilized and contaminated lands (MUC lands). These lands cannot be used for food production or for recreational and conservation purposes, but in some cases, they still retain the potential to produce biomass for non-food and non-feed purposes (willow, poplar, miscanthus, etc.).

A web-based platform will include a map of areas unsuitable for agricultural production in Europe and in Ukraine and a public user-friendly tool using global information system that will assess the environmental, social and techno-economic sustainability aspects of defined value chains for bioenergy production on these lands.

In case of cooperation with the Project you will:
  • get access and support for using the web-based platform with a map of MUC lands and an online tool for assessing the sustainability aspects of defined value chains for bioenergy production on these lands. The platform will be a core source of information and utility related to this topic for stakeholders as all the existing data will be downloadable for free.
  • get the provision of technical support on aspects linked to biomass production and processing, market access, management and access to finance, etc.
  • take part in technical excursions and seminars in the framework of the Project.
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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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On February 12, 2019, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (UABio) held an open general meeting that gathered more than 50 participants in the bioenergy sector. The session was opened by the people's deputy of Ukraine Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety Oleksandr Dombrovsky and Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Sergiy Savchuk.

Within the framework of the meeting, the Chairman of the Bioenergy Association Georgii Geletukha presented the UABio report for 2018, and UABio plans for 2019, as well as the draft Law of Ukraine on the introduction of competition in heat supply systems. Lawyer of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Anna Pastukh presented the draft Law of Ukraine on the system of electronic trading of solid biofuels.

Full Report "Results of UABio activities in 2018" (in English) is available here.

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On February 08 the Agropetrol-2019 Conference was held in Kyiv. Focus of the conference: effective purchasing of gasoline, diesel fuel, propane-butane, natural gas, electricity and mineral fertilizers. Key topics: directions of development of the Ukrainian agrarian sector, financing of purchases of fuel and fertilizers, formation of fuel costs, use of LPG by farmers, changes in the market of mineral fertilizers, etc.

The head of the Board of the Bioenergy association of Ukraine (UABio) – Georgii Geletukha and the Member of UABio Auditing Committee – Yurij Epshtein were the Conference speakers.

The Georgii Geletukha presentation has been updated to February 2019 and addresses the issues: 

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For the second time in Kyiv, there was a Renewable Energy & Power Infrastructure Investment Conference "RENPOWER Ukraine 2019".

Conference concerns the current state of the market of RES in Ukraine: the necessary legislative changes, investing questions and issues of the development of the market for electricity generation.

The Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha was a speaker at the conference and traditionally presented bioenergy sector development in Ukraine: current state, drivers and barriers, in the presentation "Bioenergy Development in Ukraine".

The presentation has been updated to January 2019 and addresses the issues: 

 - list of existing biomass CHPs/Power plants and biogas installations in Ukraine as of January 2019
 - comparison of payback periods for business projects on straw and pellets
 - dynamics of the RES development in Ukraine (according to the latest statistical data)
 - forecast of total amount of consumption, structure of solid biofuels, Renewable Heat Production and RES share in heat production in Ukraine
 - main drivers and barriers for bioenergy development
 - amounts of energy resources (natural gas, coal, biomass ..) from 2015 (existing) to 2035 (forecast), according to the Energy Strategy of Ukraine for the period up to 2035.

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Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha and UABio expert Petro Kucheruk, along with consultant of Scientific Engineering Centre "Biomass" Oleksandra Tryboi (UABio member) took part at the 2nd annual conference in frames of Ukrainian Agrarian Week AgroPower.BIOGAS, February 7, 2019 in Kyiv.

Georgii Geletukha in his presentation, in particular, told about the possibilities of using biogas energy in the coming years, including the prospects of using straw and stems of maize as a feedstock for biogas plants (probably in the form of pellets), as well as about new possibilities for the biogas plants in the market of balancing capacities, which should start working in Ukraine from July 2019.

You can see the presentations of UABio experts below:

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uabioconf 2017 organizers support enWe are happy to invite You to the annual International Conference "BIOMASS FOR ENERGY 2019"!

Date: September 24-25, 2019
Event location: Kyiv, Ukraine, great conference hall of the NASU

Main topics:
• Strategy and policy issues.
• Bioenergy projects financing.
• Production of thermal and electric energy from solid biofuels and municipal solid waste: technologies and successful case studies.
• Biomass resources: production, pretreatment, supply, and logistics. Energy crops.
• Biogas: technologies and successful case studies.

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On January 31, 2019, the Press-conference on the launching of the Global 100% RE Ukraine initiative was held in Kyiv. The initiators of the event were the profile associations of Ukraine inspired by the International Ambassador of the Global 100% RE platform – Ruslana

The participants of the press Conference were: 
- Ruslana Lyzhychko  (the International Ambassador of the Global 100% RE platform),
- Andriy Konechenkov (Head of the Board of the Public Union “Ukrainian Wind Energy Association”),
- Georgii Geletukha (Head of the Board of the CU "Bioenergy Association of Ukraine"), 
- Yuri Favorskyi (Head of the“Solar Energy Association of Ukraine”),
- Oleksandr Ryepkin (Head of the "Ukrainian hydrogen council" Energy Association),
- Aleksandr Dombrovskyy (First Vice-chairman of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety),
- Oleksiy Orzel (Head of the Board of the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy),
- Viktor Kurtev (General Director of the Metropoliya Group of Companies).

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Substitution of fossil fuels with agrobiomass can be a very promising option for the decarbonisation of the heating sector, especially in rural areas. AgroBioHeat is a new EU project funded through Horizon 2020 that aims to provide a comprehensive platform for overcoming barriers and support the market uptake of agrobiomass heating.

Background

The heating sector is often overlooked in the overall EU efforts to decarbonize its economy; however, it amounts to 51 % of the final energy consumption, contributes about 27 % of EU carbon emissions and still more than 80 % of the sector consumption is based on non-renewable sources. Bioenergy is by far the leading (88 %) renewable energy contributor in the heating sector. Meeting the EU 2030 targets for renewable energy and emission reduction means that additional efforts need to be spent on the decarbonisation of the heating sector.

Rural areas are also often overlooked in the energy transition. However, they are ideal for developing renewable heating solutions based on particular types of biomass resources: agrobiomass. Agrobiomass in its various forms (e.g. straw, prunings, agro-industrial residues such as olive stones and nut shells, energy crops, etc.) can be abundant in rural areas, ensuring both adequate fuel supply and short supply chains that create favourable conditions for economic and environmental sustainability. Energetic utilization of agrobiomass can also have positive social impact, in particular local job creation. Finally, from the technological side, modern heating solutions are available that can use agrobiomass with low emissions and high efficiency.

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