How situation in Ukraine undermines progress in renewables?

Energy Materials 26 September 2022 17:09
Baku, Azerbaijan Trend News Agency
How situation in Ukraine undermines progress in renewables?

As a consequence of the outbreak of war in Ukraine, around 90 percent of the installed wind power capacity and around 30 percent, of the installed solar power capacity in Ukraine was out of operation as of June 2022, Trend reports with reference to the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2022.

This affected nearly a quarter of the region’s total wind capacity and a fifth of its solar capacity since Ukraine has been a leader in renewable installations and investment in recent years.

The report says that these processes are undermining renewable energy generation in the short term. At the same time, it has shed new light on the benefits of a rapid energy transition and could bring a surge in renewable installations in the region.

“Despite significant growth in renewable power, the potential of renewables across other sectors remains untapped. Buildings, transport, and industry account for the largest energy consumption across the region, yet the share of renewables in these sectors’ energy use has changed little. Ukraine achieved the highest share of renewable energy in transport across the region, at only 2.5 percent in 2020.

Energy efficiency policies, especially for buildings, improved greatly across the region over the last five years. However, the energy intensity of all focus countries except Albania remained higher than in the European Union (EU-27) in 2019, with the highest rates in Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation.”