During the online seminar “Review of Climate Action and Transition to Sustainable Energy in Ukraine” representatives of civil society institutions made a joint statement to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine headed by the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal on the need to develop and approve a national Green Deal.

Today, Ukraine’s movement in the energy sector is of serious concern to the public – it currently contradicts the EU’s climate goals.

Within the European Green Deal new record of energy production from renewable energy sources has been already achieved, coal consumption and the use of nuclear energy also continue to decline. In contrast, over the past year, Ukraine has suspended work on the “Green Energy Transition Concept”, which provided for the transition of Ukraine’s energy sector to the use of 60% of RES in the total supply of primary energy in 2050. In addition, government debt to RES producers of electricity is growing; the mechanism of “green” tariffs was declared unconstitutional; Energoatom recently announced its plans to complete two units of the Khmelnitsky NPP by 2025, and more than UAH 3 billion has been spent on subsidies to support the coal industry; no MW of shunting generation or energy storage and storage systems have been built; an effective mechanism for attracting investments has not been created, and electronic auctions for state support of RES projects have not yet been launched.

Climate skepticism at all levels of government preserves energy policy.

Joint statement of public organizations to the Government of Ukraine

Energy experts forecast technical, financial, political, climate and environmental risks, which are discussed in detail in the letter.

Public vision

Our vision of Ukraine’s energy strategy until 2050 is based on the transition to 100% RES as the most economically and environmentally feasible long-term scenario for the development of our country. We believe that by 2050 it is possible to achieve 100% of RES in the production of electricity and heat, and by 2070 – to completely convert the transport and energy sectors to clean energy.

The concept of “green” energy transition of Ukraine until 2050 – 2070

*ЗППЕ – total supply of primary energy 

Public policy should fully promote the use of RES potential, low distribution generation and energy efficiency to build an environmentally friendly “green” economy and local development in a decentralized environment, which is the key to sustainable development.

One of the first steps in this direction should be the development of a new “green” Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2050, which should be based on the development of two main areas:

  • Reduction of energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency and energy saving;
  • Large-scale use of renewable energy sources and renewable gases for the production of electricity and heat, as well as transport fuels.

We invite the Government to immediately start working on the preparation of the national “Green Deal” and the new “green” Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2050!

A letter with a detailed explanation of the public’s position was sent to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal, the Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna, the acting Minister of Energy of Ukraine Olha Buslavets, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine Roman Abramovsky, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Energy and Housing Andriy Gerus, Chairman of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management Oleh Bondarenko as well as to the acting Head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency Kostiantyn Gura.

This position was prepared, discussed and agreed by the following representatives of civil society: Civic Union “Global 100RE UA”, Civic Organization “Renewable Energy Agency”, Civic Unioin “Bioenergy Association of Ukraine”, Public Union “Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, Energy Association “Ukrainian Hydrogen Council”, Public Association “Association of Solar Energy of Ukraine”, Professional Association of Ecoligists of Ukraine, Ukrainian Association of ESCO Companies, Association “Ukrainian association of renewable energy”, Ukrainian climate network,  Civic Union “Single Planet”, Center for Environmental Initiatives Ecoaction, Energy Transition Coalition, Pravopolis, analitical center DiXi Group, Civil Network “OPORA”, NGO Organic Ukraine,  Institute of Renewable Energy NAS of Ukraine, NGO “Save Dnipro”, NGO Voice of Nature.