On December 12, 2017, the Information Day "Use of underutilized land for sustainable bioenergy feedstock production – additional income to farmers" was held. Representatives of agrarian companies and farmers, as well as representatives of municipalities, came to the event among more than 80 participants from all over Ukraine. The event was opened by the Head of the State Department of Energy Efficiency of Ukraine Serhiy Savchuk, who spoke about state support for the development of bioenergy as one of the main renewable energy sources in Ukraine, especially for replacing natural gas.
In particular, Ukraine currently provides support in the form of a "green" tariff for electricity production from RES and for the 10 months of 2017 new facilities with a total installed capacity of 39 MW in biomass and 34 MW in biogas have been introduced by this tariff. According to Sergiy Savchuk, currently about 4 thousand hectares are currently planted with perennial energy crops, which is still less than in Denmark (10 thousand hectares), Poland (13 thousand hectares), Italy (57 thousand hectares) and others. The total area under power crops in EU countries is 140 thousand hectares. Ukraine has the potential of about 4 million hectares of land, which, provided they grow energy crops, have the potential to replace about 20 billion cubic meters of natural gas equal to 2/3 of the gas needs of Ukraine.
Chairman of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha spoke about the rapid pace of bioenergy development, as well as the 11% target set in the new Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035 in terms of biomass in the overall primary energy supply structure. Also, Georgii Geletukha noted that the achievement of this goal is impossible without the involvement of agricultural biomass and energy crops. The head of the UABio also announced the existing barriers that slow down the development of the bioenergy sector today and the ways of their solution, among which the first priority is the creation of a biofuels exchange, based on the example of the Lithuanian stock exchange BALTPOOL. The development of the necessary legislative framework for the creation of such a stock exchange is currently underway by the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. The registration of the corresponding draft law is scheduled for December 2017.
PRESENTATIONS OF SPEAKERS (in ukrainian):Sergiy Savchuk, Head of State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine - "State support to bioenergy development in Ukraine"Georgii Geletukha, Head of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine - "Status, prospects and analysis of the barriers to bioenergy development in Ukraine. Prospects for the creation of an electronic platform for biofuels trading"Alex Savin, Bank Ukrgasbank - "Financing of biomass ecological projects by UkrGasBank"Volodymyr Kramar, Scientific-Technical Center "Biomass" - "Perspectives of the use of agrarian biomass for energy production in Ukraine"Tetyana Zhelezna, Scientific-Technical Center "Biomass" LLC - Project FORBIO of the EU Program Horizon 2020 "Opportunities for using less productive land in Europe to grow sustainable bioenergy raw materials for the production of biofuels of the 2nd generation"Oleksandra Tryboi, LLC Scientific-Technical Center "Biomass" - "Results of the feasibility study on the cultivation of energy crops. Project FORBIO of the EU Horizont 2020 program"Oleksandr Ganzhenko, Institute of Bioenergy Crops and Sugar Beet of NAAS of Ukraine - "Continuous cultivation of biomass in marginal lands in Europe" SEEMLA project EU program Horizon 2020"Irina Gnap, LLC "Salix Energy" - "Results of the company for growing energy willow in the Volyn region"Sevastyan Trushevsky, LLC "Ukragroenergo" - "Results of the company to grow energy willow in the Kiev region"Alexander Kucheruk, Energo Agrar LLC - "Plantation of Miscanthus - insurance policy of agrarian industry"