A meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group to coordinate activities on overcoming the effects of climate change was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal on January 19, within the framework of the European Commission's European Green Deal initiative.
The event gathered together members of the Government, MPs of Ukraine, representatives of the Office of the President of Ukraine, the National Security and Defense Council, the experts and businesses.
At the meeting, the participants considered a number of important issues, voiced priorities for Ukraine's accession to the European Green Deal (EGD), in particular, in the field of circular economy and organic farming, environment, energy engineering and energy efficiency, transport and more.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal noted that the introduction of EGD for Ukraine has broad prospects for the efficient operation of many sectors of the economy, including power engineering, transport, energy efficiency, resource-efficient construction and reconstruction of buildings, energy-efficient heating supplies.
"Today, Ukraine is making every effort to create a climate-neutral European continent and is an integral part of achieving the goals of the European Green Deal," the Prime Minister stressed.
In particular, according to the Prime Minister, Ukraine continues an active dialogue with the EU on the formation and implementation of EGD policy.
"Our country has the potential to produce clean energy and is identified as one of the EU's prospective partners for hydrogen production and supply. That is why we are committed to the development of hydrogen technologies and the creation of a hydrogen ecosystem," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
Another important step in the framework of the green energy transition will be the reform of the coal industry, to take place within the scope of the inclusive and equitable transformation of coal regions. This process involves the creation of new jobs and prospects for mining cities.
The Prime Minister called on everyone to endeavor to implement the priorities announced today.
The Interagency Working Group will be an important tool for addressing the most complex issues of overcoming the consequences of climate change, which will require decision-making at both the sectoral and national levels.
The main activities of the Interdepartmental Working Group are coordination of activities to overcome the effects of climate change, development of approaches to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in relevant sectors of the economy and mechanisms of the green energy transition, development of renewable energy sources and alternative fuels, implementation of resource-efficient construction activities, decarbonizing transport in cities as well as the development of smart mobility.