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Ukraine is ready to become one of the European green energy hubs

10 January 2023

During the post-war reconstruction of Ukraine, special attention will be paid to the implementation of modern green projects.

This was discussed during the meeting of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy with the Executive Vice President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans in Kyiv.

“We already have to decide what generation should be like in Ukraine, what independent energy generation should be like in Europe in the future. Because we will win this war, but Russia will remain our neighbour. And that is why the European Union must be independent of any decisions of the Russian federation. Here we see ourselves as a reliable partner in green energy,” the president noted.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy emphasized that during the recovery Ukraine would focus on the implementation of green projects and is ready to become one of the European hubs of modern green energy.

“We are ready to be a normal, understandable and guaranteed partner of the EU for hydrogen production. We are ready to be a hub for this production. We have everything for this: territory, opportunities and people,” he said.

The President informed the European high-ranking official about the state of Ukraine’s energy system, which is regularly subjected to targeted missile strikes by Russia, and about the necessary assistance that the country needs to survive the winter. 

Zelenskyy thanked Timmermans for the initiative to create a strategic partnership between Ukraine and the EU in the field of renewable gases.

In addition, the Ukrainian president appealed to the EU to help Ukraine import electricity.

As reported by Ukrainian Energy, Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko during a meeting with Frans Timmermans spoke about Ukraine’s plans to increase the share of electricity production from carbon-free sources to 90% by 2050.

Halushchenko emphasized that Ukraine would focus on increasing renewable and nuclear power generation. By 2030, another 2 GW of nuclear generation will be added, and renewable energy will account for approximately 30%.

In June 2022, the Ministry of Energy stated that the share of clean energy in Ukraine’s energy system reached 87.4%.

Clean energy in the country’s energy balance is considered to be the one produced by nuclear, hydro, wind, solar or bio generation.

In general, the weighted average share of the carbon-free energy mix of the EU countries amounted to 63% in 2021, and it reached 70% in Ukraine.

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