According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine consistently adheres to its commitments to effectively implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and international climate agreements.
“In preparation for the Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement in Glasgow, we are working on a second Nationally Determined Contribution. On this basis, we consider the goal of greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 in all sectors of the Ukrainian economy in the range from 36% to 42% compared to 1990, that is, a reduction of 58-64%, "the President of Ukraine said at the International Climate Summit. ambitions (Climate Ambition Summit) held in the format of an online conference.
In addition to new commitments under the Paris Agreement, Ukraine is also working to improve mechanisms for state financial support for climate policy, Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted.
“Ukraine is also seeking to align its climate policy and legislation with the European Green Deal. We will intensify cooperation with the EU in the areas of energy efficiency, the development of hydrogen energy and renewable energy sources, a fair transformation of the coal sector and the development of a national system for trading in quotas for greenhouse gas emissions, ”he said.
The European Green Deal, approved by the heads of the European Union this Friday, aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. Ukraine is developing a "National Climate Strategy", which provides for a 70% reduction in emissions by 2030. According to the president of Ukrmetallurgprom Oleksandr Kalenkov, such a strategy is a utopian scenario that undermines the negotiating positions of Ukrainian exporters with the European Union, which could provide Ukrainian producers with certain benefits when importing goods with a high carbon footprint.
During the summit, UN chief Antonio Guterres called for the creation of a Global Coalition to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by the middle of this century. The UN Secretary General called for declaring a climate emergency and proposed six steps to overcome the crisis.
Formerly UN Secretary General declared that this century could be the last one in human history due to continued global warming.
In the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered a bill on amendments to the Budget Code of Ukraine regarding the introduction of a state decarbonization fund. The author of the project is a member of the Committee on Energy and Housing and Communal Services, People's Deputy Yuri Kamelchuk, who supported the corresponding initiative of the Ministry of Energy.
The source of the Fund is a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. It is planned to increase this tax from 10 to 30 hryvnia per ton.