In 2018, Ukraine exported more than 2.3 million tons of raw biofuel in the form of firewood, wood chips, briquettes, and pellets, of which 1.2 million tons is fuel (pellets, briquettes) for a total of about 3 billion USD. Only this volume of fuel raw material is equivalent to 600 million m3 of natural gas for the purchase of which at a low price (215 dollars/thousand m3 = 5680 UAH/thousand m3, May 2019), Ukraine spent more than 3.4 billion UAH. For a similar volume of gas in January (price 8890 UAH/thousand m3), we paid 5.3 billion UAH.
Yevhen Oliynyk, Member of the UABio Board:
"Is it advisable for the country to export cheap biofuels and to import expensive natural gas themselves? Energy independence should be a priority of public policy aimed at stimulating the internal use of biofuels for energy production".
Infographics: when a 30 pages of UABio Analytics is just too much :-)