The task of
the authorities, the public sphere and the society is to facilitate the
obtaining of complete energy independence of Ukraine. Prime Minister of Ukraine
announced this in his opening statement at the Second Forum of the Energy Efficient
Partnership: investments in energy efficiency public sector and benefits for
residential buildings" on Thursday, May 12.
task is to become fully energy independent state. We have enough of our resources,
enough of our capabilities, which will allow us to be absolutely independent,
develop alternative energy, do a lot of things to
replace traditional energy sources. I believe that we will do so in the medium
term, "said Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister noted the lack of
effectiveness of the use of available resources in Ukraine. In particular, according to him,
Ukraine is six times lower than Poland in terms of energy efficiency. "This
means that we have a very broad range for action," he pointed out.
Minister reminded that the Government's decision made on the eve to introduce a
single gas price instead of contracts will allow Ukraine to combat corruption
in the supply of gas, increase its own gas production and help reach energy
independence of the country. "Those right steps being taken
by the Government, honest steps, on the one hand, will protect those in need of
social protection, on the other hand, will ensure our [energy]
independence," stated Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister
noted that in 2014 the Government had begun the introduction of new mechanisms
for energy efficiency. Moreover, the Verkhovna
Rada of Ukraine jointly with the State Agency for
Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, relevant Ministries, the
Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, as well as experts and international partners
began forming the basis of national legislation "that makes it possible to
introduce entirely new mechanisms that will enable Ukraine to become energy
Volodymyr Groysman also assured that the Government is committed to
the idea of achieving energy efficiency in the country. "The Government of Ukraine and
I as Prime Minister will be reliable partners in the implementation of these
tasks," he said.