Experts analyzed the impact of the European Green Deal on Ukraine’s energy sector
Opportunities and threats posed to Ukraine by the new EU program “European Green Deal” were discussed by Ukrainian experts. During the online presentation of the document based on their findings, DiXi Group analysts Roman Nitsovych and Anastasiia Synytsia indicated challenges for the energy sector
On May 26, 2020 experts of the Resource and Analytical Centre “Society and Environment”, the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting, DiXi Group Analytical Centre, Information Centre “Green Dossier” presented an analytical document “European Green Deal: Opportunities and Threats for Ukraine”.
The European Green Deal is the EU’s action program focusing on the ambitious plan for movement towards climate-neutral Europe until 2050. Its goals will form the main trends of climate, environmental and economic policy not only in the EU, but also in other European countries, including Ukraine. As Nataliia Andrusevych, the Chairman of the Board of “Society and Environment”, emphasized in her speech, climate change is a cross-cutting issue and a prerequisite for defining tasks in all areas – transport, trade, agriculture and energy.
– Current political trends in the EU should be a benchmark for Ukraine, otherwise the gap will only deepen, said experts of DiXi Group Roman Nitsovych and Anastasiia Synytsia in their comments on the event. – The united Ministry of Energy failed to synchronize the climate and energy directions. For more than 6 months, the government and key participants of the renewable energy market have been unable to agree on a solution to the industry’s problems. The fate of the draft Concept of “green” energy transition of Ukraine until 2050 presented by the Ministry of Energy at the beginning of the year is unclear. Another key integrated policy document, the National Energy and Climate Plan until 2030, is being developed. Its development and implementation is a chance for Ukraine to join the European Green Deal, without being a de jure part of the EU, based on the respective recommendations provided within the framework of the Energy Community.
The experts described the issues of opportunities and threats in detail during the presentations and answers to questions from the participants of the event. Opportunities of the European Green Deal are mainly related to a fairly high level of Ukraine’s integration into the European space in certain sectors. In energy, this includes cooperation on hydrogen energy.
More information about challenges for the Ukrainian energy can be found in the analytical document “European Green Deal: Opportunities and Threats for Ukraine”.
The event was supported by International Foundation “Renaissance” under the project “European Green Deal: Opportunities and Threats for Ukraine” of the Resource and Analytical Centre “Society and Environment” in cooperation with the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting and DiXi Group Analytical Centre.