On December 5, 2019, at 10:00, a press conference initiated by the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency regarding the future of bioenergy projects in Ukraine took place at the press center of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

Speakers:
Oleksandra Gumeniuk - Director of European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA)
Max Lebedev - Member of the Board of European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, Partner of GOLAW
Michael Rutherford - Development Director of Khmelnytskyi Biofuel Power Plant (KBPP)
Georgii Geletukha - Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (BAU)

Official opening of EBRD and GEF Programme «Ukraine: Sustainable Bioenergy Value Chain Innovations» was held on November 18 2019 at the Premier Palace Hotel in Kyiv. The programme started at Ⅳth quarter of 2019 and its duration is 48 months.

About 100 experts participated in the presentation and discussion of the Program, among them representatives of agro-companies, associations, legislative and executive power, public organizations, business and scientists.

UABIO continues to lobby the biomass burning plants release from the payment CO2 tax in Ukraine.

In June 2019 UABIO sent a letter to Prime Minister of Ukraine Groysman V. B., Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Semeraka O. M. and others with a request to release the biomass burning plants from the payment CO2 tax. Details are here.

In August 2019 року we received a positive response from the Ministry of Environment (see Annex 1).

We continue to lobby for the development of bioenergy in Ukraine and therefore, in November 2019, UABIO appealed to the People's Deputies of Ukraine with the Draft Law on the release the biomass burning plants from the payment CO2 tax.

Full UABio letter to People's Deputies with the Draft Law on the release the biomass burning plants from the payment CO2 tax (in Ukrainian)

You are kindly invited to participate to the online survey of the REGATRACE project, where Bioenergy Association of Ukraine is a partner. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes.

What is the REGATRACE project?

REGATRACE is an Innovation Action co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon2020 Research and Innovation Programme. REGATRACE aims creating an efficient trade system based on issuing and trading biomethane/renewable gases Guarantees of Origin (GoO). This objective will be achieved through the following founding pillars:

  • European biomethane/renewable gases GoO system
  • Set-up of national GoO issuing bodies - Integration of GoO from different renewable gas technologies with electric and hydrogen GoO systems
  • Integrated assessment and sustainable feedstock mobilisation strategies and technology synergies
  • Support for biomethane market uptake
  • Transferability of results beyond the project's countries

XII International trade fair “Energy efficiency. Renewable energy” was held on November 6 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. The Bioenergy Association also participated in the exhibition as an organizer of the All-Ukrainian Forum “Bioenergy Day”.

Organizers of the event: Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Global 100RE Ukraine.

During the meeting participants were discussing such important topics as experience of bioenergy development in Ukraine and legislation and bioenergy technologies.

This event became a communication platform for the industry's most qualified experts. Very important that participation was free for all visitors of Exhibition.

“We fully understand the importance of creating such open and accessible expert’s environment with experience exchange opportunities. We permanently focus our efforts on consolidation of scientists, businessmen and civil society members around strategic development issues,” – commented the Chairman of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha.

According to UABio work plan for 2019-2020, the process of preparation the proposals for a regulatory act on providing state support and stimulating the cultivation of energy crops in Ukraine has been started. UABio experts have already analyzed international experience, appeal to all active market participants with experience in the cultivation and use of energy crops, with a request to provide their own assessment of existing barriers to such activities, structured answers of market participants and hold a working meeting on November 5.

We hold a working meeting on November 5 with active market participants with experience in the cultivation and use of energy crops in order to take into account the opinion of Ukrainian market participants and develop real proposals for state support. Among participants: LLC "Salix Energy", LLC "Yugenergopromtrans", LLC "Energy willow", LLC "Ecosolum", Institute of Bioenergy Crops and Sugar Beet of NAAS of Ukraine, LLC "Intubus". The participants of the meeting provided their own assessment of the existing barriers in the market and proposals for stimulating the cultivation of energy crops in Ukraine.

From October 2019 to January 2020, the project AgroBioHeat opens the call in several countries (Croatia, France, Greece, Romania, Spain and Ukraine) to support new icebreaker initiatives for the consumption of agrobiomass (agricultural or agroindustrial biomass residues, or energy crops) for heat generation in small facilities (<1 MW thermal). The key is that the installation is efficient, that the technology generates low local emissions, and that it can be replicable. Those interested should contact the partners of the project in their country to describe their initiative and register their interest.

The support that AgroBioHeat will provide is intended to help new initiatives to move towards a successful implementation. AgroBioHeat is looking for rural city councils, agroindustries, farms or companies in the rural areas determined to take a new step: the use of straw, pruning, olive stones, or energy crops for heat generation (heating, sanitary water, heat or process steam).

 

On October 30, Forum AgroEnergyDAY 2019  and Individual Consultations (Matchmaking) took place at the International Exhibition Center in Kyiv.

Organizers: LLC "Kyiv International Contract Fair" and Bioenergy Association of Ukraine.
Supported by: CU "Global 100RE Ukraine" and Sustainable Agribusiness Forum (SAF).

The 2nd Forum brought together more than 100 participants and was devoted to a wide range of issues, which were combined into 4 sections:

  • Bioenergy projects in the agrosector
  • Biogas energy: Ukrainian opportunities, practical cases, modern technologies
  • Agrobiomass and pellet technologies
  • Solar energy and energy efficiency in agribusiness

The opening of the forum was attended by Oleg Koval – organizer of AgroComplex 2019 exhibition, Georgii Geletukha – Chairman of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Oleksandr Dombrovskyi – Chairman of the Board of Civic Union Global 100 RE Ukraine, Olena Lenska – Deputy Director of the Renewable Energy Department of the State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Savings of Ukraine and Dmytro Muzhuk – Commercial Director of the company Kriger.

Among the participants are the following companies and organizations: Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, State Energy Efficiency, Global 100RE Ukraine, Kriger, EBRD, PFAN, MHP Eco-Energy, Akkord Ltd., Wolf Systems, Envitek, Salix Energy, MBI Development and others.