Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko and Vice-Chancellor, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action of Germany Robert Habeck signed a joint Statement of Intent in Kyiv that expands the areas of the German-Ukrainian energy partnership with a focus on green recovery and rebuilding of Ukraine's energy sector.
"Germany is a truly great friend of Ukraine, and today we are deepening our partnership, opening up wide opportunities for cooperation, for the restoration and reconstruction of the energy sector. This is cooperation at the level of not only governments but also businesses. It is very important that German companies are interested in investing and implementing energy projects in Ukraine. I am confident that this cooperation will result in a sustainable and independent Ukrainian energy system and the creation of a major energy hub for the whole of Europe in Ukraine," said German Galushchenko.
Robert Habeck expressed his admiration for the way Ukraine had managed to maintain its energy system in the face of unprecedented russian attacks on energy infrastructure this winter. He reaffirmed Germany's full support for the Ukrainian people in these difficult times and wished them a speedy victory in the war.
"It is impressive how the Ukrainians resisted the attacks on the energy system, how they restored power supply again and again within a very short time after the brutal destruction. I express my deepest respect. Germany will support Ukraine in securing energy supplies wherever possible. To this end, we have expanded our energy partnership to include crisis management and resilience. On the one hand, this includes support in restoring the functioning of energy infrastructure in emergency situations. On the other hand, the focus is on the medium- and long-term prospects for restoring Ukraine's energy system. Solar energy, wind energy and biomass should play an important role here to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and enhance security," said Robert Habeck.
In the signed document, the parties agreed to expand the Partnership in such areas as restoring energy infrastructure, promoting the sustainable resilience of the energy sector and expanding the use of renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, biomass, hydropower and green hydrogen.
The Partnership also envisages cooperation in energy saving through energy efficiency; decarbonization and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to accelerate the transition to clean energy; and support for structural changes in Ukraine's coal regions, including the implementation of just transition and green projects in these regions.
German Galushchenko thanked Germany for its support of Ukraine's energy sector and its willingness to help with the restoration of the country's energy sector using the most modern green energy-efficient technologies.