Energy Minister Herman Galushchenko discussed with representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the energy security project and framework recommendations for creating a hydrogen strategy for Ukraine, developed jointly by the Ministry of Energy and USAID experts.
Deputy Minister, Chair of the Working Group on Hydrogen Strategy Development Yulia Pidkomorna, Chairman of State Energy Efficiency Valery Bezus, Director of the USAID Economic Growth Office Chris Abrams and USAID Project Manager Dean White took part in the discussion.
As noted in the press service of the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the country's hydrogen strategy will include three key elements: production, transportation and storage of hydrogen. According to expert recommendations, the implementation of the strategy will take place in three stages: 2021-2025, 2025-2030 and after 2030. During each of these stages, it is envisaged to determine the main tasks and areas of activity, develop infrastructure, create a regulatory framework and implement pilot projects and areas for cooperation.
“The hydrogen strategy is very important for Ukraine. It can become a worthy basis for international cooperation, especially with the United States of America. We can start pilot hydrogen projects based on nuclear energy. In Europe, in connection with the energy crisis, they are beginning to speak louder and louder that nuclear energy is clean, carbon-free energy. We also support this position, ”said Energy Minister German Galushchenko.
The preparation of framework recommendations for the creation of a hydrogen strategy was preceded by numerous meetings and meetings on the basis of the working group of the Ministry of Energy on the development of a strategy, discussion with Ukrainian and international experts, and the study of world experience. The Framework Recommendations will be discussed with stakeholders and market participants who should provide their suggestions and comments. The writing of the actual strategy will begin after the proposals of all interested parties have been processed.