The capacity building seminar "Energy crops from cultivation to utilization. Foreign and domestic experience" on 21 February, 2018 brought together more than 100 participants, including representatives of agrarian companies, farmers, representatives of scientific institutes of agrarian and technical direction, as well as representatives of business, consulting and the media.
The seminar was opened by the Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha who spoke about the current state and prospects of bioenergy development in Ukraine and coordinator of the FORBIO project of Horizon2020 research and innovation programme Rainer Janssen from WIP - Renewable Energies (Germany), who presented the FORBIO project: the goal and objectives of the project.
At the workshop participants learned about the results of the FORBIO project and the experience of growing energy crops in Germany, Italy, Poland and Ukraine from the project participants: WIP, FIB (Germany), CREA (Italy), POLBIOM (Poland) and SEC "Biomass" (Ukraine).
Chairman of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha spoke about the rapid pace of bioenergy development, as well as the 11% target set in the new Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035 in terms of biomass in the total primary energy supply structure. Also, Georgii Geletukha noted that the achievement of this goal is impossible without the involvement of agricultural biomass and energy crops. Separately, the head of the UABio has announced the existing barriers that slow down the development of the bioenergy sector today and the ways to overcome them, among which the creation of a stock exchange of biofuels is of paramount importance, as exemplified by the Lithuanian stock exchange BALTPOOL. The development of the necessary legislative framework for the creation of such a stock exchange is currently underway by the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine together with the State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine.