Ukraine Overachieves its NDC2. Are There Reasons for Optimism?

Russia's military aggression “kills” green energy in Ukraine and “decarbonises” its economy due to GDP decline

Six months ago, at the Paris Climate Summit in Glasgow, Ukraine committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Ukraine’s NDC2) by 65% ​​by 2030. This year our country is already fulfilling this ambitious goal at an accelerated pace. However, there is no reason for joy.

After all, instead of developing renewable energy sources, our economy undergoes “decarbonisation” following the decline in electricity consumption as a result of shutdown of companies. Volodymyr Omelchenko, director of the Razumkov Centre’s Energy Programmes spoke with EcoPolitics about the impact of the war on plans to decarbonise the economy and green energy in general.

Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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