For the development of hydrogen energy in Ukraine, a clear state strategy, effective legislation, incentives and the launch of pilot projects are needed. This was discussed at a meeting of the working group "Hydrogen technologies and hydrogen infrastructure as an integral part of the development of decarbonized energy potential of Ukraine".
The event was held at the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Energy and Housing and Utilities under the chairmanship of People's Deputy Yuriy Kamelchuk and with the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Energy, State Energy Efficiency, specialized associations, institutes of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, business, and the expert community.
Opening the meeting, Yuriy Kamelchuk noted the importance of creating a working group: "If the hydrogen industry develops, Ukraine can become the owner of a developed and climate-neutral economy.
In turn, the acting Konstantin Gura, Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency Committee, presented the prospects for the development of hydrogen energy: “It is important that in its hydrogen strategy by 2050 the EU has singled out Ukraine as a priority partner. The EU's goals are very ambitious. By 2030, it is planned to increase 40 GW of electrolytic capacity, reaching the production of 10 million tons of hydrogen per year. "
Konstantin Gura noted that for the introduction of the hydrogen market in Ukraine it is necessary:
- to prepare a legislative framework, implement existing in Europe and develop national standards for the production, transportation, storage and use of hydrogen
- introduce government support and incentives;
- implement a pilot project for the production of "green" hydrogen;
- take measures to develop the infrastructure for hydrogen transportation;
- resolve the issue of reducing the risks of return on investment.
The importance of a transparent and understandable legislative field, as well as incentive mechanisms, was also noted by representatives of business and the expert community.