On Wednesday, January 18, at a joint meeting of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety and the Board of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, a public discussion of the draft Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035 was held involving experts and representatives of trade unions. The basic version of the document was created due to cooperation between the National Institute for Strategic Studies and the Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies named after O. Razumkov.
In particular, Oleksandr Dombrovskyi, the first Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, said that the Energy Strategy should become a roadmap with the key objective functions that enable the future development of energy sector and ensure energy security; show the key indicators and beacons that should guide energy system of Ukraine by 2035.
Volodymyr Kistion, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, stressed, in his turn, that the overarching goal of the Strategy is the energy independence of the state, and therefore during its formation, we should consider those factors and threats which we may predict at present.
Ihor Nasalyk, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, added that most of the comments related to the Strategy referred to the vision of nuclear power development, since some participants called for its development, while others were opposed to the idea. However, he said that the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry, as the contracting authority for the program, will uphold the position of nuclear energy development.
Natalia Voitsitska, a People's Deputy of Ukraine, a representative of "Samopomich", noted that certain indicators regarding the share of certain resources generations in the total energy balance of 2035 are not linked to the corresponding forecast of macroeconomic development, namely GDP growth. In her opinion, it is very important to know what the demand will be in the coming years. As for the proposal, it should be divided into several components: the current facilities and their capabilities; how many facilities should be added to satisfy the demand; what financial obligations we will have in order to generate the extra capacity.
One of the comments included a note that the strategy does not raise an issue of the human capital implementation. Therefore, it is important to stop the outflow of skilled employees from the industries and modernize the staff training system to provide energy sector with a new generation of professionals.
The discussion was summed up by Oleksandr Dombrovskyi, noting the need for final collection of all the proposals, their systematization and holding of additional meetings with stakeholders according to individual areas.