On 8 July 2020, the European Commission adopted the so-called EU hydrogen strategy. The strategy is positioned as a roadmap for the creation of a hydrogen ecosystem in the EU by 2050 and the reduction of carbon emissions over the next 30 years by increasing the use of electricity and hydrogen and reducing waste energy.
A special place in the strategy is given to the transition to hydrogen fuel, as an ecological one, it can replace fossil energy sources in the future.
Since Ukraine signed an Association Agreement with the EU, our government has to implement a number of documents that are related to combating climate change and pay attention to ecological types of energy.
Ukraine may start exporting hydrogen from renewable energy sources to the European Union by 2024, minister of foreign affairs Dmytro Kuleba said at the AC forum in Kyiv.
EU has identified Ukraine as a priority partner in supplying this new type of energy to European consumers. Ukraine has the resources, political desire and ambition to make the country a key supplier of green hydrogen to the EU. Such projects have already been launched, and according to the optimistic scenario, Ukraine will be able to launch the first export deliveries by 2024.
Also, Ukraine intends in the future to fully provide itself with gas and stop importing it. In order to achieve self-sufficiency, besides increasing our own production of natural gas, Ukraine must also work to increase the production of biogas.
In September 2021, gas transmission system operators in Ukraine, Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia agreed to work together to create a hydrogen pipeline through Central Europe. The organizers of the project believe that the central European hydrogen corridor could be created in part by re-profiling the existing gas infrastructure in combination with targeted investments in new specialized hydrogen pipelines and compressor stations.