As explained by the Deputy Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency Agency of Ukraine Yuriy Shafarenko, the country has enough resources to replace expensive imported gas, in particular:
- the potential for growing energy plants is equivalent to ≈ 20 billion m 3 gas per year;
- agricultural waste can be replaced by ≈ 9.3 billion cubic meters of 3 gas per year;
- the potential for biogas /biomethane production in Ukraine is ≈ 7.8 billion m 3 gas per year.
Thus, according to the agency, Ukraine has a total potential for replacing gas with local fuel in the equivalent of ≈ 37 billion m 3 gas per year.
Less than half of this potential is a turnkey solution to cover the need for gas imports.
“It is important that each gigacalorie of thermal energy produced from gas removes funds from the country, and each gigacalorie generated from local fuels leaves funds in the country's economy, creating new jobs and economic growth of the regions," Yuri summed up Shafarenko.