The Ukrainian-German talks were chaired by Olga Stefanishina - Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine and Maria Flaxbart - Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The parties agreed to strengthen cooperation in the field of energy efficiency and decarbonization.
The Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency Agency Valeriy Bezus took part in the Ukrainian-German negotiations, who thanked the German Government for systematic and proactive support of reforms and outlined plans for further partnership.
“An important milestone was the adoption of the Law of Ukraine“ On Energy Efficiency ”, which is being developed, incl. with the help of the German Government, in particular the GIZ. Now, among the main priorities for the Agency in the near future is the development and adoption of more than 40 by-laws, in order to ensure the effective implementation of the law in accordance with European directives. In this regard, it is important to continue and strengthen cooperation, "Valery Bezus emphasized.
The Agency conducts and will continue to work together with GIZ to stimulate the implementation of energy management systems in different sectors of the economy, to conduct energy audits.
“I would also like to emphasize support for the development of the educational and scientific direction in energy efficiency. This issue must be considered from two sides: from the point of view of the introduction of scientific and educational programs in this area, as well as the urgent modernization of educational institutions and science, "- said V. Bezus.
An important area of partnership between Ukraine and Germany is considered hydrogen energy - a tool for decarbonization of the economy. State Energy Efficiency together with the Ministry of Energy are working on the first draft of the national Hydrogen Strategy.
In turn, El Volker, Regional Commissioner of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, noted the significant progress of reforms in Ukraine, the adopted basic law and the importance of further joint work in the field of energy efficiency, which is an important component of energy security and decarbonization.