Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak emphasized d that Ukraine's leadership in the global climate process is the result of consolidated efforts of all branches of government, and such consolidation of efforts aims to maintain ecological balance in Ukraine and in the world.
According to research conducted by the Global Carbon Project, emissions of greenhouse gases in 2018 will reach record levels.
On December 10, 2018, the German organization New Climate Institute, Germanwatch and Climate ActionNetwork unveiled the annual rating Climate Change Performance Index 2019, in which Ukraine has climbed by two positions from 20 to 18.
Ukraine's assessment consists of amount of greenhouse gas emissions, level of development of renewable energy, level of electricity consumption, total primary energy supplies and overall foreign and domestic climate change policy.
"Ukraine is now among the leaders in shaping the new international climate policy and its trends. For us, this is a good chance to modernize and be competitive in the future, "Ostap Semerak noted.
The Minister emphasized that the Government of Ukraine is keen on transitioning the Ukrainian economy to a model of sustainable development.
"It was our Government that endorsed low-carbon development strategy of Ukraine. We became the 9th country in the world which elaborated this document. The issues at stake are not just declaration of intentions, but also about clear targets for the development of renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy efficiency measures, increasing the absorption of greenhouse gases, modernizing the electricity grids and transport infrastructure," Ostap Semerak underscored.
The Minister also reminded that at the end of October, the Government approved the draft law "On the Basis of Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions" shaped by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.