On January 1, 2021, the Law of Ukraine "On the principles of monitoring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas emissions" came into force. The introduction of a monitoring, reporting and verification system will allow Ukraine to ensure trade in greenhouse gas emissions.
“The adoption of this document is an important prerequisite for the implementation of measures to combat climate change based on the EU experience. This is, in particular, the introduction of a system of trading in quotas for greenhouse gas emissions. To implement it, it is necessary to create a procedure for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions and reporting, ”says the head of the State Environmental Inspection of Ukraine Andriy Malyovany.
He also added that the State Environmental Inspectorate will receive powers to control emissions.
“According to the law, the State Environmental Inspectorate is also entrusted with a number of duties - checking the data in emission reports, monitoring plans, and the like. Within 3 months after the submission of such documents by officials of enterprises, the inspection may initiate an unscheduled inspection. During such a check, the accuracy of the information specified in the reports or plans is checked, "the head of the inspection noted.
The emission control system is an integral part of the Action Plan for the implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers (dated October 25, 2017).
“This is important not only in terms of Ukraine's fulfillment of its international obligations, but also for international counteraction to climate change and the development of a sustainable society,” Malyovanyi summed up.