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