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 sources would enhance energy security, resilience, and environmental responsibility, positioning Ukraine for a sustainable future as an EU member.
The annual German-Ukrainian Energy Day within the framework of the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership strengthens the partnership between Germany and Ukraine, facilitating strategic engagement, knowledge exchange, and business opportunities within the energy sector. This year’s event was held in Berlin on the 25th of October. During the event, Robert Kirchner, Team Leader of the Low Carbon Ukraine project, participated in a panel on “Strengthening Frameworks for Sustainable Development and Market Integration of the Ukrainian Energy Sector”. The focus was on the further integration of Ukraine into the European energy market, what instruments and regulations should be established for this purpose, as well as possible pathways to develop the green gas industry. During the panel, Mr. Kirchner highlighted the continued support of the Low Carbon Ukraine project to the Government of Ukraine, including recent analyses on energy market reforms, decentralized small-scale renewables and the economic rationale behind building back better.