As part of the online workshop, representatives of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) presented a study of the potential and opportunities for the production and use of hydrogen in Ukraine, as well as a roadmap for the use of hydrogen in transport and an environmental risk assessment, developed with the State Energy Efficiency Agency, the Ministry of Energy and experts.
More than 80 participants took part in the discussion: representatives of ministries, departments, specialized associations, business, international organizations, experts.
Hydrogen is considered in the world as a key component of the future energy.
Hydrogen has many uses: in particular, in metallurgy, in oil refining, in the production of nitrogen fertilizers, and in the transport sector.
It is also a one-stop resource for decarbonizing a wide range of sectors (energy, industry, transport) and enhancing energy security.
Outlining the advantages of hydrogen energy, Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine for European Integration Yaroslav Demchenkov stressed the importance of accelerating the development of hydrogen energy. Technology races and global competition in this area are intensifying. Germany, Italy, USA, Canada and other countries are trying to innovate in the production, transportation and use of hydrogen and reap all the benefits in the new market. Ukraine with its significant potential should be among the first.
In turn, Konstantin Gura, acting The Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency Agency stressed that Ukraine has been identified by the European Union as a priority partner for cooperation in the production and use of "green" hydrogen.
The study reflects:
- analysis of the world's best practices and plans for the use of hydrogen, the potential of hydrogen in Ukraine;
- calculating the economic efficiency of various methods of hydrogen production
- analysis of existing and necessary infrastructure for storage and transportation of hydrogen (for domestic use and export).
For the productive development of hydrogen energy, it is necessary to decide on specific measures at the national, regional and municipal levels, which should become the basis for the future Concept for the development of hydrogen energy in Ukraine until 2050.