- Ukrainians pay $ 12 billion a year for imported natural gas, oil, and coal. At the same time, biomass in Ukraine is enough to replace all gas and coal imports.
- Bioenergy provides the economic growth of developing countries due to sustainable RES. Biomass and biogas are renewable sources that can be converted into heat, electricity, and fuel for transport.
- Agriculture and forestry are important components of the national economy. In Ukraine, 4 million hectares of unoccupied agricultural lands suitable for growing energy crops. This, in turn, improves soil structure. In addition, sustainable forestry reduces the risk of forest fires.
- The growth of employment and income of local communities is an extremely important aspect of decentralization. Bioenergy provides 2 times more jobs than other renewables.
Source: IEA Bioenergy, IEA RETD «Better Use of Biomass for Energy», 2010.