On May 30, debates “Decarbonizing electricity generation in Ukraine. Alternatives: nuclear or “green” energy” took place in the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
DiXi Group’s interns Andrii Bilous and Andrii Fihol, as well as Anastasiia Yermakova, Manager for European Integration Programs, took part in the discussion. Mr. Taras Tkachuk, DiXi Group’s analyst, was the moderator.
“We’ve been impressed by the competence of the audience who, despite their young age, discussed, in a professional manner, the issues of electricity production, scenarios of renewable energy development and possible ways to reduce hazardous emissions. The students asked relevant questions and suggested ways to resolve problems in the energy sector”, said Mr. Tkachuk.
The debate focused, among other things, on the problem of emissions by coal-fired thermal power plants (TPP). In addition, the participants discussed which form of energy is most promising in Ukraine given its geographic location, climate and certain political aspects.
“I’m very happy that not only experts but also students demonstrate keen interest in resolving the emissions problem in Ukraine in the area of electricity generation. It was interesting to discuss what exactly we should develop. Our common conclusion was that the problem of emissions should be addressed in a comprehensive manner — replacement of TPP capacity with nuclear or “green” energy only is impossible”, said Andrii Bilous.
“The most realistic target aiming at reducing СО2 emissions is encouraging state investments in domestic “green” technologies — installation of windmills, solar panels. This can also reduce load on the centralized generation, hence it will allow decrease in electricity generation by coal-fired TPPs”, he added.
The discussion was organized by DiXi Group within the framework of the Ukrainian Think Tank Development Initiative implemented by the International Renaissance Foundation (IRF) in partnership with the Think Tank Fund (TTF) and funded by the Embassy of Sweden in Ukraine (SIDA).