On the outcomes of a regular sitting on September 23, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a number of decisions to improve mechanisms and tools for effective monitoring and assessment of environmental impact.
Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal stressed that responsible environmental policy is among the Government priorities and one of the steps to improve the quality of life of people.
Moreover, several adopted resolutions are aimed at launching the national market for greenhouse gas quotas trading from 2021.
"Within the framework of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, Ukraine has undertaken obligations to implement a number of documents on combating climate change. And this is one such initiative. The introduction of the greenhouse gas market is a "plus" to Ukraine's reputation as a reliable participant in global processes to combat climate change. In addition, it is a requirement of time, because if Ukraine does not introduce a system of accounting for gas emissions in time, the business that will pay additional taxes for the export of its products may suffer," the PM said.
According to the Head of Government, this initiative is a long-term strategic plan for the next 7 years.
The Government also approved the Procedure for decision-making on transboundary environmental impact assessment.
Denys Shmyhal dwelled on the fact that this is an important European norm, which should also be implemented in Ukraine.
According to the Head of Government, an interdepartmental commission on climate change and preservation of the ozone layer has been set up to strengthen the capacity of public authorities to formulate policies to combat climate change. Resolutions concerning the protection of the ecology of the Carpathians have also been endorsed.