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Ukraine’s ‘huge’ biomethane potential remains unrealised due to lack of ‘necessary’ regulatory framework, experts say

Ukraine’s “huge potential” in biomethane production remains unrealised due to a lack of regulatory mechanisms and a political landscape that would facilitate a solution to this issue, Ukrainian energy experts said during a recent roundtable meeting.

During the meeting, Heorhiy Heletukha, Chairman of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (UABIO), emphasised the immediate changes that Ukraine has an annual biomethane production of 21.8 billion cubic metres (m3) by 2050.

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The main obstacle to reaching this potential is the lack of a “necessary regulatory framework,” Mr Heletukha said. On this point, UABIO’s Chairman pointed to the delay in adopting draft law 9456 on amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine regarding the customs clearance of biomethane.

The roundtable participants, which included both biomethane producers and representatives of state authorities, worked out the text of a joint appeal from the business community regarding the urgent submission of draft law No. 9456 for consideration by Ukraine’s parliament and its adoption as a basis for the upcoming plenary sessions.

The joint appeal called for the adoption of the above-mentioned customs clearance amendment, changes to the regulations on customs formalities on pipeline transport and power transmission lines, and approval of the list of goods whose customs clearance is carried out by the Energy Customs Department of the State Customs Service of Ukraine.

“The Law of Ukraine ‘On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding the Development of Biomethane Production’ was adopted in the fall of 2021. Two years have passed, the business has invested its own funds, intends to work, create jobs, and asks to be given the opportunity to export its product to markets where it is in demand,” UABIO said in a press release. “Given that Ukraine and the EU signed the Memorandum of Understanding between Ukraine and the European Union on strategic partnership in the field of biomethane, hydrogen and other synthetic gases, we should not delay.”

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The also appeal called for the government to define the ministry and an official responsible for the development of biomethane production and set personal KPIs on these issues. Additionally, it called for Ukrainian policymakers to develop and approve a road map and strategy for the development of the industry.

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