Date: 12 June, 2019
Venue: Chorzów, Poland

Forum od Biomass and Waste is a series of debates, meetings and accompanying events, the topics of which cover the most important issues for the development of the biomass sector and entities associated with the WTE (waste to energy) industry.

The main goal of the Forum is to gather experts from many countries so that they can exchange their experiences regarding the latest achievements on the use of biomass and waste for energy purposes. The Forum functions as a platform for the exchange of current knowledge and an important tool in the transfer of know-how, technology and innovation.

Among participants: energy industry experts, biomass suppliers, municipal sector representatives, scientists, engineers and technologists, as well as industry organizations, financial institutions and representatives of government and administration.         

The upcoming VIII edition of the Forum in 2019 will focus on the possibilities of biomass and waste markets, in particular in business, legal and technical areas. Experts will assess the potential of biomass and alternative fuels (RDF, SRF) on the market and will discuss development policy, among others, in the light of the power market, cooperatives and energy clusters and the winter package.     

Website of the Forum:

Forum's agenda includes:
• Inaugural lecture: EU legislation and policy priorities affecting Waste-to-Energy, Marta Gurin, Head of Policy & Technology, Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants
• ITPOE at PGE EC Branch Elektrociepłownia in Rzeszów - the first four thousand hours of operation, Adam Dybowski, ITPOE Manager, PGE Energia Ciepła S.A
• Construction of a high-efficiency cogeneration plant fired in biomass at a heat plant in Dzierżoniów, Sławomir Kopcio, Deputy Director, ZEC Dzierżoniów
• Construction of a 7 MW biomass boiler in Nowy Sącz, Piotr Jeliński, Director of Investment and Development, MPEC in Nowy Sącz
• Panel discussion: European alternative and biomass fuel market - pellet, RDF, wood, biofuels.

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Additional information: Barbara Boczek, e-mail: or office: (22) 82 77 123,

Dates: June 13–14, 2019
Venue: clarified, Zhytomyr.

Organizers: Ukrainian League of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (USPP), Vilnius Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Open Europe.

Purpose: to support the development of small and medium-sized businesses in Ukraine, to promote the Ukrainian exports within the framework of the current Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU, to disseminate the experience and practice of conducting socially responsible business with observance of the EU ecological standards.

On June 13, 2019, a seminar will be held with the participation of Ukrainian and Lithuanian experts. During the seminar, the issues of the biomass market development in Ukraine, in EU countries and in the Zhytomyr region, in particular, will be discussed.

Representatives of public authorities and local self-government, business (alternative energy market participants), profile public organizations, industry associations, experts and analysts, mass-media are invited to participate.

Participation in the event is free of charge (no organizational fee).

Agenda (in Russian)
Call (in Ukrainian)

Additional information and registration: phone: 044 536-96-42, mob.: 050 353-34-02 or e-mail: vedЗ Contact person: Svetlana Kutseva.

On April 23, the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine took part in a seminar on financial and organizational issues within the Seminar in the framework of the project "Improving the efficiency of district heating systems in Central and Eastern Europe" in Kyiv, Ukraine. The seminar on organizational and managerial issues attracted about 20 representatives of state institutions, associations and local self-government bodies.

Georgii Geletukha, Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine presented the vision of the association: "How to maintain and develop district heating in Ukraine?" and "The Draft Law on the Implementation of Competition in the District Heating System of Ukraine", noting that:

"If negative trends in the DH sector of Ukraine continue in the future, we will be completely left without DH systems, and at the same time without heat supply facilities at competitive prices and in an environmentally safe way!" ... "We see the only strategic way for saving DH systems - they have to generate heat significantly (by 20-40%) cheaper than individual heat supply systems on gas!"

In the presentation of Georgii Geletukha (see below), the issues discussed are:

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Date: 27-29 May, 2019
Venue: Kyiv

Workshop and excursion for personnel of biogas complexes is organized by Accord Ltd company with the support of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine and under the direction of the European expert in the biogas industry - Michael Köttner - Vice-President of the German Biogas and Bioenergy Society GERBIO in German FnBB e.V. and the CEO of the International Biogas and Bioenergy Centre of Competence IBBK.

Program: two full days of lectures and the third day - visiting the working biogas complex (BGC).

The content of the lecture material will reflect the most urgent issues of the practical exploitation of biogas complexes, taking into account the wishes of the participants, in particular:

  • types of raw materials for biogas production, biogas output from different raw materials, one- and two-stage process of biogas production stage, optimal conditions of each stage, methods of control and providing optimal fermentation conditions
  • the preparation of biogas for combustion in cogeneration units, purification of sulfur, moisture and other impurities, the issue of exploitation of existing BGC: the use of unscientific technologies, the use of enzymes to prevent the formation of floating silage crumb and reduce the period of fermentation silage.
  • the experience of using complex substrates: pulp + molasses, molasses + silos, pulp + silo, features of fermentation of chicken litter, peculiarities of straw fermentation: new trends and technologies

Within a few days, trainers will be able to ask and receive answers to their questions, as well as to communicate in a professional environment, gain new skills and knowledge.

After the training, the participants will receive certificates of their passage signed by Michael Köttner - Vice-President of the German Biogas and Bioenergy Society GERBIO in German FnBB e.V. and the CEO of the International Biogas and Bioenergy Centre of Competence IBBK.

For all questions of participation in the training please contact by e-mail or by calling +38 050 323 38 98

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On April 11, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) held the 4th Seminar of Sustainable Agribusiness Forum (SAF Ukraine) for business leaders in the agricultural sector devoted to biogas technologies.

The main idea of the workshop was to identify the factors that contribute to obtaining the most effective performance indicators for biogas plants.

The 4th Seminar of SAF Ukraine has been opened by Gianpiero Nacci, Associate Director of the EBRD’s Department for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change and Sergiy Maslichenko, Associate Director, Coordinator of the EBRD’s Department for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change.

Sergiy Maslichenko noted in his speech that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2018 launched the Partnership for Sustainable Agribusiness (SAF Ukraine). The idea of creating such a partnership was to systematically approach and work in the field of agricultural waste utilization in the agroindustrial complex.

The Bank actively sponsors biomass and biogas projects in the agroindustrial complex and has already supported 12 projects in this sector. As a next step, the EBRD considers it necessary to unite all players on the supply and demand side, that is raw materials (agricultural wastes) suppliers and consumers, to facilitate the creation of a market for agricultural wastes and to establish a system of logistic chains supplying raw materials from the field to the station, which should begin to work and develop on market principles.

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On the initiative and support of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the framework of the EBRD's FINTECC (Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change) programme, a platform for sustainable agribusiness SAF Ukraine (Sustainable Agribusiness Forum) was created.

The mission of SAF Ukraine is to develop sustainable agribusiness models for efficient production of safe, high quality agri&food products in Ukraine, by means of implementing measures aimed on energy and resource efficiency, productivity improvements and technology upgrades.

During SAF Ukraine it is planning to:

  • implement market studies to analyze technology, regulatory, and knowledge barriers and gaps in climate technologies in Ukraine;
  • support development of a partnership, knowledge sharing and marketing activities for the agriwastes-to-energy supply chain. This activity will be conducted through delivering capacity building seminars/trainings for the agricultural sector, developing the collaborative network of market players and equip them with necessary information and communication tools, conducting study tour and disseminating success stories and case studies through website

SAF Ukraine business principles of sustainable entrepreneurship:

  • Focus on long-term value creation over short-term profit maximization;
  • Contribute to the transition to a green economy.

Follow SAF Ukraine (Sustainable Agribusiness Forum) on the website

The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine is a partner of SAF Ukraine platform.

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Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgiy Geletukha presented the results of a study of biomass potential in Vinnitsa oblast at the Workshop on formulating bankable bioenergy projects, April 8, 2019 in Vinnytsia.

According to the study, the full use of technically achievable biomass potential of the Vinnitsa region (more than 1 million tons of coal equivalent per year, 2017) can substitute about 37% of the annual consumption of fossil fuels or the entire volume of annual consumption of natural gas.

The results of the feasibility study of options for the use of biomass / biofuels (boiler house, baling, chips, firewood, pellets, briquettes, straw, wood, energy crops) in most cases demonstrate the economic viability of projects.

The development of energy production from biomass will have a positive impact on the environmental situation of Vinnitsa oblast by reducing the consumption of such fossil fuels as coal and natural gas, whose share in the structure of fuel consumption is now 56% and 35%, respectively.

As part of the study, an online map was developed using GIS technologies as a tool for detailed analysis of local conditions, when planning bioenergy projects. The map contains generalized information about the region and can be further elaborated and detailed by the OTG or by interested private enterprises for their own needs, since it is open and publicly available.

Study of biomass potential in Vinnitsa oblast - Georgiy Geletukha, Head of the Board of UABio (in Ukrainian)

The implementation of each renewable energy project is preceded by the planning and structuring of business, contracts and relationships with project participants. With proper planning, you can optimize the payment of taxes, as well as get exemption from certain taxes. Therefore, when implementing renewable energy projects, it is important to pay attention to tax and customs issues.

Sayenko Kharenko invites you to take part in the event to share experiences on tax and customs issues in the implementation of projects using renewable energy sources (RES). The workshop will cover the key problems of structuring contracts for renewable energy projects, exemption from import VAT for equipment, and reimbursement of VAT for such projects. You will get acquainted with the best practice in structuring renewable energy projects taking into account recent changes in tax and customs legislation.


  • Ukrainian Wind Energy Association
  • Bioenergy Association of Ukraine
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What is it?
This is an ecological project about achievements, changes, and results!
After the adoption of the draft law "On Strategic Environmental Assessment", according to which, in the course of developing future state, local or sectoral programs, probable negative consequences for the environment and human health will be taken into account, ECOtransformation-2019 is especially relevant.

The purpose of the project is to search ecologically responsible enterprises and organizations, to promote information and public support to participating companies, and to implement a large-scale PR year-long campaign.

"ECOtransformation-2019" – a project to make a step to Oscar in the field of ECO!


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Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Georgiy Geletukha, spoke at the Ukrainian-American seminar "Open Burning in a National, Regional and Global Context", which took place on March 7 in Kyiv within the 2-day event "Reducing Open Agricultural Burning in Ukraine: Soil, Air Quality, and Public Health Paths for European Integration held in Kharkiv and Kyiv. In his report, the head of the UABio told about the significant potential of agro residues, such as straw and corn stalks, which could be used to produce energy instead of open burning in the fields. Investment projects on straw baling, producing and selling of straw pellets, production of heat and power from agro residues are interesting for business. Georgiy Geletukha told about the required investments in such projects and their payback (slide 11 of the presentation).

Ukraine is made up of over 50% cropland area. Although open burning is banned, Ukraine has one of the highest numbers of detected fires in Europe and the surrounding countries. Burning before corn planting in the spring and after the wheat harvest in the fall is a culturally ingrained process. ICCI’s aim for this event was to help educate farmers on the benefits of no-burn and no-till agriculture while also facilitating connections between various stakeholders. A number of representatives from various waste-to-energy companies were in attendance in Kiev and showed interest in utilizing the excess agricultural residue after observing how much energy is being lost via open burning.

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