UABio Expert at Bioenergy Summit and Exhibition in China

Expert of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Slava Antonenko attended the 6th Asia-Pacific Bioenergy Summit and Exhibition with a speech on Bioenergy Development Trends in Ukraine. The events took place on 15-18 August 2019 in Guangzhou, China. According to China’s 13th five-year plan, the biomass annual consumption will be equivalent to 58 Mtcoe by 2020. For comparison, the annual consumption of biomass in Ukraine in 2017 was 4.4 Mtcoe. Among other challenges, the speakers paid a great attention on agricultural biomass utilization such as straw, corn stalks, husks, etc which is also topical for Ukraine. At the same time, the Chinese industry has extensive experience of working...

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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...

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! 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...

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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...

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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...

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Articles of members

State of the art of corn production in the world and in Ukraine

Corn is the most high-yield crop, all the parts of which are widely used in different industries for many purposes, in particular: for food production; as feedstock in pharmaceutical, chemical and other branches of industry; as high-energy fodder that is suitable for all kinds of animals and birds; as raw material for the production of first and second-generation biofuels; as raw material for the production of biogas. Corn is a crop of high agro-technological value as it cleans soil of weeds and is a good precursor in the crop rotation. Judging by the absorption of carbon dioxide and release of oxygen, corn is one of the...

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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...

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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...

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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)

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On April 23, 2019 seminar "Tax and Customs Issues for the Implementation of Renewable Energy Projects" was held in Kyiv. The seminar was organized by Sayenko Kharenko Law Company. The partners of the event were the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine and Ukrainian Wind Energy Association.

The event was attended by about 50 participants, including representatives of profile associations, equipment suppliers for renewable energy (RE) projects, representatives of energy companies and the State fiscal service of Ukraine. The issues of customs clearance of equipment during the implementation of RE projects, features of product classification, financing of RES projects and taxation of interest payments, as well as the issue of VAT refunds were considered.

The speakers were:

- Maryna Hritsyshyna, Advisor to the Law Firm Sayenko Kharenko, member of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine;
- Svetlana Musienko, Partner and Head of Tax Practice of the Law Firms Sayenko Kharenko;
- Vitaliy Odjikovsky, Advisor to the Legal Firms Sayenko Kharenko;
- Yulia Kravchenko, Head of Tax Advice, DTEK;
- Viktor Nikolov, Head of DTEK's Financial Reporting and Tax Administration, Wind Power;
- Olga Nikolayenko, customs consultant;
- Victor Girak, Head of Division for Methodological Support of Classification Work of the Department of Goods Classification, Department of Administration of Customs Payments and Customs and Tariff Regulation of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, and others.

Svetlana Musienko, partner of the Law Firm Sayenko Kharenko, began the first session on the peculiarities of tax structuring of ERS contracts. Following on from this topic, Julia Kravchenko, head of tax advisory DTEK, and Viktor Nikolov, Head of the DTEK's Financial Reporting and Tax Administration, Wind Power, have shared their experience in financing RE projects, in particular, on choosing a country to receive funding and on tax payment risks for repatriation.

The second session was devoted to customs issues. This session was started by Maryna Hritsyshyna, Advisor to the Law Firm Sayenko Kharenko, with a general overview of the preconditions for exemption from import VAT payment for equipment for RES projects.

Next, Olga Nikolayenko, customs consultant, talked about the peculiarities of supply of bioenergy equipment, in particular, equipment for the construction of a complex for the processing of organic waste, biogas, followed by the acquisition of electric and thermal energy, as well as the practical aspects of customs clearance. After that Victor Girak, the head of the department of methodological support of the classification work of the DFS of Ukraine, told the participants of the event about the classification of goods for RE projects. The second session was completed by Vitaliy Odjikovsky, Advisor to the Legal Company Sayenko Kharenko, with a report on the peculiarities of VAT refund and payment of land tax.

For information: Maryna Hritsyshyna in 2019 joined the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Read more here.

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