Chairman of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine – Georgii Geletukha – took part in the EU4Energy Policy Forum 2018, which took place on April 24 in Vienna, Austria. Forum was organized by the International Energy Agency as part of its EU4Energy programme.

Forum participants came from 11 Eastern Partnership and Central Asian countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

Globally, bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source, and especially important in the heat sector. In the EU4Energy countries, the bioenergy potential generally remains underexploited and reliance on fossil fuels for heat production is high. The event was attended by more than 60 participants, including officials and experts from the 11 EU4Energy countries. There were presentations from the European Commission and European bioenergy associations, as well as several country case studies. The discussions focussed on bioenergy barriers, drivers and best practice.

Most EU4Energy countries agreed that they had some potential for expanding bioenergy, for example from a variety of agricultural residues such as straw, manure, and cotton stalks. Challenges include developing supply chains, creating awareness about bioenergy options amongst the public and decision-makers, as well as building technical capacity.

The IEA for EU4Energy programme will continue to engage with the 11 countries to explore how bioenergy and the deployment of other renewables can progress.

Presentation of Chairman of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine – Georgii Geletukha on EU4Energy Policy Forum 2018:

Georgii Geletukha – Chairman of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine – "Development and prospects of bioenergy for heat production in Ukraine"

Agenda and other Presentations are available here.