Expected to be launched in 2024, Task force 6 will work to contribute to unlock biomethane production in Ukraine, contributing to reduce dependency on fossil fuel imports from Russia and building stronger energy cooperation between the EU and Ukraine. Task Force 6 will incorporate best practices to identify regulatory barriers, facilitate the establishment of a competitive and transparent cross-border market, promote pilot projects and foster the necessary economies of scale for the widespread adoption of biomethane.
Task force 6 has been established as a result of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the EU and Ukraine on a Strategic Partnership on Renewable Gases, including biomethane, hydrogen and other synthetic gases. A response to the urgent need to phase out the dependency on energy imports from Russia, and in line with the REPowerEU Plan of the European Commission, the Partnership aims to enhance EU-Ukraine energy cooperation by implementing EU legislation, promoting public and private sector collaboration and facilitating Ukraine’s participation in Horizon Europe projects. It intends to address administrative, technical, and regulatory obstacles related to production, transport, storage and usage of biomethane.
On the 27th of September, 2023, Task Force 6 was officially launched during the Business Forum on Renewable Gases in Vienna. Harmen Dekker, member of the Governing Board of the Biomethane Industrial Partnership, handed over a symbolic green valve to Artur Lorkowski, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat, on behalf of German Galushchenko, Minister of Energy of Ukraine. This gesture symbolized the official launch of Task Force 6 and collaboration between Ukraine and the European Union in biomethane. The panel involved also Kadri Simson, European Commission for Energy, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Anna Zamazeeva, Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine.
The success of Task Force 6 relies on collective efforts and expertise. The Task Force is scheduled to be kicked off in 2024. If you wish to get involved, please apply through the ‘Get involved’ section on the BIP website. Those who have previously applied through the ‘Get involved’ section are encouraged to express their interest by reaching out to the BIP Secretariat at email@example.com.
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