September 27, 2018. PIB Biobased Energy Ukraine run a Workshop in Kyiv on “Agricultural residues for bioenergy. Problems and solutions”. The event has been organized jointly with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ukraine, State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE) and Ukraine Bioenergy Association.

The workshop brought together about 80 participants, including representatives of agricultural companies, academic institutions, municipalities, governments, financial institutions, consulting organizations, businesses, media and was dedicated to the use of crop residues for bioenergy without harming the soil.

The Workshop was opened by the Head of the State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Sergii Savchuk, who noted the significant development of renewable energy sector in Ukraine in recent years as a positive trend in the transition to energy independence. Also, the Head of SAEE spoke about close cooperation with the Netherlands, where bioenergy plays a significant role in primary energy supply from renewable sources, as well as about legislation already in place in Ukraine to support the development of the bioenergy sector.

Agricultural Counselor of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Ukraine Carolien Spaans in her opening word noted that strong partner in the bilateral cooperation between the Netherlands and Ukraine in the bioenergy sector. Ms. Spaans stressed that as the signatories of the Paris Agreement, the Netherlands and Ukraine share the same goal – to increase the share of sustainable renewable energy consumption and not rely on the imports of natural gas. Also, the Counselor informed the participants about the recent publication of a report, which was developed by Wageningen University, Saxion University for applied science, Dutch Enterprise Agency and Dutch sustainable development. The report is about the trends and developments in the renewable energy sector in Ukraine. This study has a special focus on opportunities and threats for using biomass in the energy transition. In particular, there are limits to how much biomass can be taken from the land. A number of solutions are given in the report to alleviate the problem of land degradation. Among them are no-till planting, applying organic fertilizers and returning ash from straw burning to the field.

Agenda:

1. Introduction of the Workshop by moderator – Kees Kwant, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the Netherlands (download presentation eng |  ukr)

2. The state of fertility of soils in Ukraine – Yuri Kryvda, Director of Cherkasy branch of State Institution “Soils Protection Institute of Ukraine”, Ukraine (download presentation eng | ukr)

3. Sustainable use of crop residues for bioenergy: USA research – Dr. Francisco J. Arriaga University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (download presentation eng |  ukr)

4. Spatially explicit assessment of sustainable crop residues potentials in Europe – Nicolae Scarlat, JRC, European Commission (download presentation eng |  ukr)

5. Effect of use of agricultural residues for bioenergy on soil carbon and potential solutions – Jan Peter Lesschen, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands (download presentation eng |  ukr)

6. Environmental aspects of growing bioenergy plants and using crop residues for biofuels – Mykola Royik, Institute of bioenergy crops and sugar beet of NAAS, Ukraine (download presentation eng |  ukr)

7. Crop Residue Management to Sustain Soil Productivity – Sandra Corsi, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (download presentation eng |  ukr)

8. Possible measures to reduce impacts of crop residue removal: experiences on wheat harvest in Sweden and France – Luigi Pari, CREA, Italy (download presentation eng | ukr)

9. Wrap-up: highlights and conclusions from the workshop, explanation of follow-up – Wolter Elbersen, Wageningen UR, the Netherlands (download presentation  eng | ukr)