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Ukraine and IRENA
31 October 2020 16:57

Ukraine and IRENA

On February 24, 2018, Ukraine became a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). In accordance with the Decree of the President of Ukraine of May 10, 2016 № 200/2016 "Ukraine's accession to the Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)" the Embassy of Ukraine in the United Arab Emirates and the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Ukraine's accession to IRENA.

IRENA was formally established during a conference in Bonn (Germany) on January 26, 2009, where the governments of 75 countries signed the IRENA Charter and pledged to change the global energy paradigm. During the next five sessions of the Preparatory Committee from 2009 to 2011, the principles of the Organization were developed, the interim Director-General of IRENA (Helen Pelosse) was elected and Abu Dhabi was designated as the headquarters of the Organization. The IRENA Charter entered into force on 8 July 2010, and on 4 April 2011 the Preparatory Committee was disbanded and the Organization officially began its work.

According to Article IV of the IRENA Statute, its activities are aimed at coordinating and intensifying the work of member countries on the development of renewable energy through analysis, initiating dialogue, providing recommendations, promoting the transfer of knowledge and technology. As a member of the Agency, Ukraine has access to a unique knowledge base on renewable energy development, the world's best experience in the implementation of renewable energy sources, and has the opportunity to participate in specialized research conducted by the IRENA Secretariat to find effective ways to reduce global dependence on fossil fuels. energy sources.

IRENA promotes the widespread and sustainable use of all types of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, solar and wind energy to ensure:

sustainable development of countries;

free access to energy;

energy security;

economic growth and prosperity with low carbon emissions.

IRENA encourages governments around the world to pursue favorable renewable energy investment policies, provides practical tools and policy recommendations to accelerate the introduction of renewable energy sources, and facilitates knowledge sharing and technology transfer to ensure a clean and sustainable energy sector.


IRENA member countries have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of products and services of the Organization, including:

Annual Renewable Energy and Jobs - Annual Review.

Renewable Capacity Statistics.

Study of the cost of using renewable energy sources.

Renewables Readiness Assessment, carried out in partnership with governments and regional organizations to promote the development of renewable energy in each country.

Global Atlas, which describes the resource potential for the development of renewable energy by type of source and their location.

Exploring the benefits of using renewable energy sources.

Development of a roadmap to double the level of renewable energy use by 2030 (Remap).

Briefings on renewable energy technologies.

Promoting regional planning for the introduction of renewable energy sources.

Tools for the implementation of projects in the field of renewable energy, including Project Navigator, Sustainable Energy Marketplace and IRENA / ADFD Project Facility.

According to IRENA estimates, Ukraine has the greatest potential for the development of solar (70 GW) and wind energy (320 GW), as well as the production of energy from biomass in South-Eastern Europe. According to the results of the REmap 2030 analysis, Ukraine is able to increase the total end-use of energy from renewable sources from 87 PJ in 2009 to 870 PJ in 2030. At the same time, 73% of the potential of energy from renewable sources in Ukraine will be for heat, 20% - for electricity and 7% - for transport. The Agency also determined the additional potential of Ukraine at 26.9 TWh in wind energy, 6.2 TWh in biomass and 5.8 TWh in solar photovoltaics, which will increase the share of energy from renewable sources in electricity to 25%.


Increasing the use of energy from renewable sources will save $ 175 million. per year until 2030. Taking into account the benefits of reducing the negative impact on public health and reducing CO2 emissions, the savings will increase to $ 1.3 billion. US for the year to 2030 according to conservative estimates, and up to 5.5 billion dollars. US for the year under the optimal scenario.

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