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UABio participated in the TNA project: technology needs assessment in Ukraine. First report is published

Six experts of Bioenergy association of Ukraine participated in the TNA project. Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) is a set of country-driven activities leading to the identification, prioritisation and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The TNA project is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and the UNEP DTU Partnership on behalf of the Global Environment Facility. Project implementation period in Ukraine: 2018-2020Project Coordinator in Ukraine: Department of Climate Change and Ozone Conservation of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.Coverage of the whole project: 70 countriesDuration of the whole project: 2005-2020Budget: USD 20...

! New Venue of the "Biomass for Energy 2019" Conference - Premier Palace Hotel

Dear future participants of the International Conference "BIOMASS for ENERGY 2019"! We are pleased to announce that due to the support of the conference by the UNDP project “Development and Commercialization of Bioenergy Technologies in the Municipal Sector in Ukraine”, this year’s venue will be changed. New Venue: Premier Palace Hotel - the only hotel in Kiev with more than a century-old history. We hope that holding a conference in the new, modern and comfortable halls of the hotel, located in the heart of the cultural and business life of Kiev, will help to raise its status, and its participants to establish cooperation with...

Prospects of Biomass market development in the EU and Ukraine. Interview with Georgii Geletukha for Openeurope and USPP

The non-governmental organization Openeurope and the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (USPP) have released an informational video for Ukrainian businesses about the prospects of using biomass, its economic benefits and forecasting investments in this field in the coming years. Experts: Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha, Advisor to the Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency Konstantin Gura, representatives of the Institute of Gas of the NAS of Ukraine Konstantin Piany and Yevgeny Nikitin are convinced that the biomass market in Ukraine will develop rapidly. By 2035, the latter will replace 11% of the energy...

Enough balancing with coal. Round table "Investment attractiveness of RES balancing in Ukraine"

The prospects for balancing capacity were discussed at the round table "Investment attractiveness of RES balancing in Ukraine" on July 23, 2019. Key points: New balancing capacities will be competitively selected in accordance with the procedure developed by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry (will be available on the website of the Ministry of Energy and Coal in the future); the winner is the one who is cheaper and meets the technical requirements for balancing in different balancing groups; Ukrenergo: “500 MW of new natural gas balancing capacity should be in 2020”. ; The views of WARTSILA, a manufacturer of high-maneuvered gas units...

UABio letter to the President on stopping payment the "green tariff"

The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, together with the associations that unite the leading producers of electricity from RES, have appealed to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky about the negative situation with the payment of purchased electricity from alternative sources at the "green" tariff. The reason was the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv on the application to secure the claim of PJSC “Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant” to the National energy and utilities regulatory commission of Ukraine (NEURC) in the case No. 640/11330/19 on the recognition of illegal and the cancellation of a number of NEURC decisions. In particular, the...

Articles of members

Mechanisms for supporting biomethane production and consumption

The development of biomethane production is the result of political will and reliable, long-lasting financial support mechanisms and investment subsidies, as biomethane cannot compete with natural gas in today's market conditions. Many European countries have already established mechanisms to support biomethane.Different countries use different support mechanisms to develop biomethane technologies. These mechanisms operate at different points in the biomethane value chain. Germany and Sweden were the pioneers in this area. Germany actively used, from 2000 to 2014, a green tariff for electricity from biogas, additional bonuses for enriching biogas to the quality of natural gas and the use of energy crops...

Economic prerequisites for the production and use of biomethane in electricity/heat production in Ukraine

Electricity produced from biomethane can already today be supplied to the grid at a “green” tariff of 0.1239 €/kWh (excluding VAT). However, the idea of ​​enriching biogas to biomethane is precisely the possibility of pumping it into the natural gas (NG) network. To create conditions for the use of biomethane from the NG network in the combined production of electricity and heat, it is necessary to create a national register of biomethane with the possibility of issuing certificates of origin, such as European certificates GoO (Guarantee of Origin). In the long term, with such a certificate, virtual trading of biomethane with EU...

Agrarian biomass potential for energy sector: project options for enterprises

What is the potential of agro biomass, and what hinders the development of relevant projects in Ukraine?What agricultural biomass energy projects can be implemented now?What is the volume of investments and payback period for agro biomass energy production projects in Ukraine? Read article "Agrarian biomass potential for energy sector: project options for enterprises",Georgii Geletukha – Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Tetiana Zheliezna – Member of Auditing Committee of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Monthly Journal "Zhurnal Holovnoho Enerhetyka", 2019, №7 July, p.47-53 (in Ukrainian)

Economic prerequisites for the production and use of biomethane as a motor fuel in Ukraine

The basic economic prerequisite for the development of the biomethane market is the increased price of fossil fuels, which is formed by additional environmental taxes and excise taxes on fossil fuels. Comparing the prices of compressed natural gas in different countries of Europe, we can see that the price in Ukraine is one of the lowest in the world and is in the lower price range and is currently 5.37 euro cents/kWh (0.51 €/m³). The highest price in Sweden is 13.78 euro cents/kWh (1.31 €/m³), ​​one of the leaders in the use of compressed biomethane in transport. Recall that enriched biogas (biomethane) can...

Business entities that burn biomass on stationary sources of pollution are taxpayers for carbon dioxide emissions (according to Article 240 Tax Code of Ukraine). From January 1, 2019, the tax rate for carbon dioxide emissions from stationary sources has been raised from 0.41 UAH per ton to 10 UAH per ton, ie increased by 24.4 times. 

Details: UABio Infographics "Ukraine has increased the CO2 tax for biomass plants"

This state of affairs does not correspond to world practice, since biomass is considered as СО2-neutral fuel, because the amount of carbon dioxide formed during burning equals the amount carbon dioxide which absorbed by plants during growth.

Position of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine:

"We ask to exempt businesses which are burning biomass from stationary sources of pollution from paying carbon dioxide taxes.
In particular, we propose to supplement clause 243.4. Article 243 of the Tax Code of Ukraine with the following sentence: "The tax rate for carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the combustion of biomass, including as a result of its simultaneous incineration with other fuels, is 0.00 UAH per 1 ton".

For reference: 
All EU Member States do not apply carbon dioxide taxes on energy production from biomass:

1. According to the clean development mechanism methodology of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, carbon dioxide emissions from biomass are not taken into account.
2. According to Guiding Principles on National Greenhouse Fas Inventories from IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Experts) CO2 emissions from biomass combustion are reported as zero in the energy sector.
3. In Sweden, the carbon dioxide tax is charged on the supply, import and production of fossil fuels for heating, biomass is exempt from this tax.
4. In the UK, the Carbon Price Floor tax is charged on fossil fuels for electricity generation and is not applicable to biomass.
5. In Denmark, the carbon dioxide tax is charged on production, processing, storing fossil fuels for heating, including energy taxes on petroleum products, coal, lignite, coke and certain energy products. Biomass is exempt from these taxes.

The letter was sent to Prime Minister of Ukraine Groysman V. B., Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Semeraka O. M., Minister of Finance of Ukraine Markorovoy O. S., acting Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Vlasova O. S., acting Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety Dombrovsky O.G. and Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Savchuk S.D.

UABio position is prepared, discussed and agreed by the UABio members, which generate more than 50% of all thermal energy from the RES in district heating systems of Ukraine.

Full UABio letter on supplement clause 243.4. Article 243 of the Tax Code of Ukraine on the release the biomass burning plants from the payment CO2 tax (in Ukrainian)
 
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