CBAM and Electricity Sector: Pathway for Ukraine

On April 11th, Rouven Stubbe participated in an online event organized by the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, with participants from the Ukrainian Ministry of Energy and GIZ on the implications of the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) for Ukraine’s electricity sector. The presentation was based on the corresponding Policy Briefing. Key insights provided: – Impact on

Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue

Berlin Economics had the opportunity to take part on a panel at the Cooperation Dialogue: Forum for Energy and Climate Partnerships, an official side event of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024. The panel on Ukraine focused on financing the green energy transition amidst the ongoing war and beyond, especially within the context of the

Presentation of CBAM and ETS studies in Kyiv

On March 7th, LCU consultant and energy economist Rouven Stubbe presented the policy studies on the EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) and the upcoming Emissions Trading System of Ukraine to an audience of energy professionals from public and private energy companies, the Market Operator, transmission system operator Ukrenergo, the Regulator and representatives from relevant

LCU at Café Kyiv

Amidst the ongoing Russian invasion, Ukraine finds itself at a critical juncture, grappling with immediate wartime imperatives while striving to advance its long-term climate policy objectives. The panel discussion “Fighting Two Evils at Once – Long-Term Climate Policy in Times of War,” at Café Kyiv, shed light on the intricate interplay between these pressing demands

LCU presenting proposal on ETS scheme for Ukraine at joint event with GIZ

On February 8th, Low Carbon Ukraine presented its proposal on an effective Ukrainian ETS system in an online event, jointly organised by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Ukrainian Climate Office, the Ukrainian Ministry of Environmental Resources and Natural Protection and Low Carbon Ukraine (LCU). LCU project leader Robert Kirchner delivered some introductory

“Ukraine: Energy in the Spotlight Revisited” at University of St. Andrews

The Ukrainian electricity system has withstood unprecedented and targeted attacks by the Russian aggressor over the past two years. It has remained largely functional, even though there have been repeated temporary and localised power outages, such as during last winter. The coming winter will nevertheless be a challenge – around 50% of all power generation

Rouven Stubbe quoted in Tagesspiegel Background

Siemens Energy has been in the news recently. The branch of the Siemens Corporation plays a critical role in providing Ukraine with emergency deliveries of power grid technology.

German-Ukrainian Energy Day 2023

The Russian war has severely impacted Ukraine’s energy sector, damaging critical infrastructure and causing disruptions in energy supplies. Whilst the system has shown remarkable resilience, the war has highlighted the vulnerability of Ukraine’s centralized energy system, emphasizing the need for immediate action to decentralize energy supply and diversify the energy mix. Transitioning to renewable energy

NDCs and Recovering Green: How to prepare and implement long-term Climate Policies in Times of War

Rouven Stubbe, energy economist and consultant at the Low Carbon Ukraine project participated in a hot seat panel discussion at yesterday’s IKI conference on “NDCs and Recovering Green: How to prepare and implement long-term Climate Policies in Times of War”. Making climate policy under high political and economic uncertainty as well as fiscal constraints is

Rouven Stubbe participation at the European-Ukranian Energy Day in Vienna

Rouven Stubbe, consultant at Berlin Economics and energy expert at the Low Carbon Ukraine project delivered a speech at the European-Ukrainian Energy Day in Vienna on September 28, 2023. Subsequently, he participated in a panel discussion on “Energy security and building back better: Energy efficiency as part of energy security strategy and a tool for

Interview with the 100GREEN YouTube channel

In September 2023, LCU team leader Robert Kirchner participated in an expert interview with the 100GREEN YouTube channel, where he discussed the origins of the LCU project and its role in Ukraine’s energy transformation, the importance of European climate legislation for Ukrainian businesses, as well as Ukraine’s future development.

Interview with Polish newspaper “Krytyka Polityczna”

Polish newspaper “Krytyka Polityczna” has recently published an in-depth interview with our energy economist and consultant Rouven Stubbe. He discusses opportunities and challenges for Ukraine’s green post-war reconstruction, Ukraine’s potential role in a progressively decarbonising European economy and the future of German-Ukrainian energy cooperation.

Roundtable with Ukrainian Deputy Energy Minister on the strategic vision for Ukrainian Energy sector and pathways towards a green energy transition

Within the framework of the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership, Low Carbon Ukraine and the German Energy Agency (dena) organized a closed-door roundtable on the 29th of March with Ukrainian Deputy Energy Minister Yaroslav Demchenkov and leading German and Ukrainian expert organisations on the recovery of the Ukrainian energy sector and pathways towards a green reconstruction. Ukraine’s

Cafe Kyiv – We Choose Freedom

24 February 2023 marked the first anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. To mark this tragic day, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung joined forces with partner organisations in an event that would temporarily transform Berlin‘s historic Cafe Moskau into Cafe Kyiv. “Cafe Kyiv – We Choose Freedom” was a one-day event featuring various discussion panels and workshops on

Interview with T-Online

Winter is coming and Russia is deliberately targeting power plants and supply lines in Ukraine. Rouven Stubbe, energy economist and expert on energy and climate policy in Ukraine at “Berlin Economics” discussed possible scenarios with T-Online, as well as possible courses of action for Germany and the EU to support Ukraine in this critical phase

Rouven Stubbe: Nuclear safety at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Today, on August 29, 2022, LCU expert Rouven Stubbe spoke with radio station Bayern 2 regarding nuclear safety at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the risk of blackouts in southern Ukraine and the rest of Europe in case of a disconnection of the plant from Ukraine’s power grid, as well as the longer-term perspectives

OECD Annual Meeting of the GREEN Action Task Force

On 30 June 2022, the Low Carbon Ukraine team participated in the Annual meeting of the Green Task Force organized by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). For more than 20 years, the OECD has been supporting the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) to green their economies through

Ecoaction Event

On 23 June 2022, the Low Carbon Ukraine team participated in a discussion on the “War in Europe: Prospects for clean energy transition and Ukraine’s green post-war reconstruction”. The event was organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (ISSD), Ecoaction and other partner organisations. Participants shared their knowledge, experience, and ideas on the current

AHK Event

On 9th June 2022, the Low Carbon Ukraine team has participated at an event of AHK Ukraine on “Green Reconstruction of Ukraine: German outlook”. David Saha presented LCU’s policy briefing on “Economic Reasons for a Green Reconstruction of Ukraine” and discussed preliminary results from the industry session of LCU’s join roundtable conference with Ecoaction and

Economic reasons for a green reconstruction programme for Ukraine

On 09 June 2022, VoxUkraine published an article from David Saha, Pavel Bilek, Rouven Stubbe and Manuel von Mettenheim on “Economic reasons for a green reconstruction programme for Ukraine”. The article is based on the published in May 2022. Ukrainian infrastructure has suffered massive damage due to the Russian hostilities, with recent estimates putting the

LCU hosted green reconstruction roundtable with Ukrainian civil society

On 31 May, the Low Carbon Ukraine team, Ecoaction and Bankwatch jointly organised an online roundtable to discuss the options for a green reconstruction of Ukraine. Around 60 participants, incl. experts from non-governmental organizations, think tanks and international companies, took part in the roundtable. David Saha, Head of Energy and Climate at Berlin Economics, presented

Rouven Stubbe, Georg Zachmann: Towards a green modernisation programme for Ukraine

Ukraine recently committed to carbon neutrality in 2060 and signalled support for the European Green Deal aiming for net zero emissions by 2050. On the course of its decarbonisation and the country’s path towards the EU, it will need to adopt the stricter environmental rules and standards introduced by the Green Deal. At the same time, it will need to restructure its coal sector, which is heavily subsidised, loss-making and environmentally harmful.

Policy Event “Reaching Ukraine’s energy and climate targets”

Our policy event “Reaching Ukraine’s energy and climate targets”, organized together with the NGO “DixiGroup” in Kyiv, was a complete success. 240 participants attended the meeting, and another 200+ visitors watched the livestreams.

Energy Strategy 2035. Implementation progress Nov 2019 – Feb 2020

Progress of Ukraine’s 2050 Green Energy Transition Concept. Legislative amendments to the electricity market. FIT restructuring issues. Signing of gas transit deal. Regulatory framework on energy storage. Carbon taxation.

Recommendations on energy storage

Ukraine’s electricity market does not need state support for energy storage projects. It needs a properly working electricity market aligned with the EU 4th Energy Package to boost the flexibility of the grid.

Electricity for all

Basic technological & economic features of electricity markets (in EU countries). Challenges in market development: new forms of trading, sector coupling and digitalisation.

Limiting the cost of feed-in-tariff subsidies

Assessment of feed-in-tariff, related expenditures for RES, current scheme of financing, impact on state budget and electricity prices. Analysis of risks of retroactive change in support scheme.

Energy Strategy 2035: Lessons learnt from implementation

Assessment of the progress on the ESU 2035 action plan implementation, analysis of gaps, barriers and the lessons learned, providing recommendations on further improvement of the process.

Aspects of RES-support in Ukraine

The Ukrainian electricity system can absorb fluctuations of higher RES shares and support a further expansion with RES auctions.

Limiting the cost of feed-in-tariff subsidies

The rising cost of RE support pushes electricity prices beyond affordable level in Ukraine. Yet the revision of the established FIT scheme should be carefully designed and consider potential risks.

The Benefits of RES Curtailment in Ukraine

Analysis of curtailment as a flexibility option in the short and long run, including mitigation of the ‘green-coal paradox’ and comparison with hardware solutions. Overview of curtailment experiences across the world.

Challenges of the Electricity Market Reform

Analysis of implementation challenges related to wholesale market reform, in particular preparation, coordination, issues of market design, concentration and liquidity.

Debts in the Ukrainian Electricity System

Accumulated debt poses a major obstacle on the way towards a new electricity market. A solution to this problem needs to be found before the new market design is introduced.

Energy and Climate Targets – An Overview

Key messages: Multitude of energy & climate obligations must be coordinatedRES share surpasses unambitious targetsDiffering indicators in national strategies – risk to cause confusionProgress in energy intensity – but still a long way aheadEmission targets are not ambitious