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  • Prime Minister: Ukraine intends to introduce a model of fair transformation of coal regions
    Communications Department of the Secretariat of the CMU, posted 09 November 2023 17:51

    A fair transformation of coal regions where mines have exhausted their resources should begin now, despite the war. This was emphasised by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in his address to the participants of the constituent assembly of the Association of Coal Mining Communities as part of the Fair Transformation 2023 event.

    Work is already underway to test the Fair Transformation Concept, in particular in Chervonohrad coal region of Lviv region. The Prime Minister stressed that the Government would not close mines that have prospects and the ability to produce. At the same time, mines that have exhausted their resources will be closed as planned, and communities will be fairly transformed.

    "The proper sequence of actions is crucial here. First, we need to give people an alternative to employment and provide for their families, and then decide on the fate of certain mines," the Head of Government emphasized.

    Denys Shmyhal reminded that with the support of international partners - the World Bank, the Government of Germany, the European Commission - Ukraine had launched a policy of fair transformation back in 2020. The relevant Concept was adopted and the State Programme for Fair Transformation was developed.

    "Ukraine is determined to pursue this model of regional development. Our goal is to improve the quality of people's lives, provide them with new opportunities, and contribute to the comprehensive and harmonious development of communities. In May, the Government approved the Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2050. We strive to strengthen the energy security of the state and at the same time achieve European standards of a low-carbon economy," the Prime Minister said.

    The Head of Government underlined that Ukraine would be an integral part of the green transition. The first draft of the National Energy and Climate Plan, which balances recovery and green transition, will be presented soon.

    "In the medium and long term, we are talking about the modernisation of old TPPs and CHPs, the development of green generation, and hydrogen technologies," said Denys Shmyhal.

    In this context, he said, it is important to establish the Association of Coal Mining Communities of Ukraine. Through joint efforts, it will have an opportunity to represent its interests before the central and regional authorities and communicate with partners.

    Denys Shmyhal called on international partners to support the Association and engage it in the development of policies for the future Just Transformation Fund. According to him, this Fund will be a long-term tool for implementing and financing projects. It should provide a material basis for specific initiatives aimed at comprehensive transformations in coal communities.

    Prime Minister: Ukraine intends to introduce a model of fair transformation of coal regions