Deputy Minister for European Integration Yaroslav Demchenkov held a series of meetings with representatives of EU institutions during the visit of the Ukrainian delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna to Brussels on May 17-21, 2021.
Among the most actively discussed issues in the energy sector were green transformation in Ukraine in accordance with the European Green Deal, CBAM (carbon border adjustment mechanism), hydrogen economy, the transformation of coal regions, Nord Stream-2.
On May 18, the first meeting of the high-level working group of the focused dialogue on the European Green Deal/Green Transformation of Ukraine took place. Among the key issues of the meeting was the Second National Determined Contribution of Ukraine within the framework of the Paris Agreement.
"Ukraine is focused on long-term social and structural changes, which are the foundation of green economic transformation. In addition to the sustainability of the energy sector, the problem of the availability of finance for transformation is urgent. One example is the national plan to reduce emissions from large combustion plants. Nobody wants to stop the transformation of the sector, so it is necessary to unite efforts to develop policy and expert assistance from international partners and to provide financial support for the modernization of the sector," said Yaroslav Demchenkov.
The dialogue also concerned the concept of a fair transformation of the coal industry. The Ministry of Energy is currently preparing an updated concept for the restructuring of the coal industry.
Many meetings with representatives of the European Commission concerned cooperation in hydrogen energy. The participation of international partners in the development and implementation of pilot projects was discussed, as well as the assessment of the potential of the gas transit system of Ukraine for the transportation of a mixture of hydrogen and natural gas. During the talks, the European side announced its intentions to cooperate with Ukraine.
"Our partners believe that one of the biggest projects we can participate more actively in is the Blue Danube. This is a large integrated project to create a supply chain of green hydrogen. There is a potential for cooperation between Ukraine and Romania, Bulgaria and other countries of the Danube River basin," said the Deputy Minister.
According to Yaroslav Demchenkov, the dialogue with the EU on cooperation in the energy sector will continue.
"We have agreed to prolong the discussion in the format of a meeting between Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko and EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson in early June this year," he told.