Clean coal technologies can reduce pressure on environment, experts say

Introduction of the environmentally-friendly technologies is one of the key issues for Ukraine’s coal sector and environment future, said experts at EU-backed roundtable on clean coal technologies in Kyiv.

Walter Tretton, head of the Energy, Transport and Environment Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine
Walter Tretton, head of the Energy, Transport and Environment Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine

“Ukraine ranges among ten leading countries in terms of coal resources,” Walter Tretton, EU Delegation’s Head of Operations Section on energy, transport and environment said during the coal-focused workshop in Kyiv. Introduction of the environmentally-friendly technologies is therefore one of the key issues for Ukraine’s coal sector and environment future, he believes.

According to Ihor Volchyn, an expert of the Coal and Energy Technology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the deployment of clean coal technologies in Ukraine could substantially decrease the power industry’s harmful impact on environment. “These technologies will contribute to fulfilling Ukraine’s commitments within its membership in the European Energy Community, especially those related to the mitigation of the damages to environment,” Volchyn stressed.

Walter Tretton (EU Delegation) also admits that EU’s support on this stage is very important for strengthening Ukraine’s capacity in following its international environmental obligations. “Clean coal technologies and carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies are there to enable the continued use of coal during the transitional period of a path to law-carbon future,” he stressed.

Dissemination of clean coal technologies could ensure the efficient work of power plants in Ukraine with high ecological and technical-and-economic indexes, experts said. Encompassing the main Project’s results, a special book presented during the workshop also highlights the need of development and deployment of clean coal technologies to address the environmental challenges.

In this regard, according to Tretton, this Project can make an important contribution “to reach a competitive and more environmental-friendly Ukrainian energy sector.”

Background

The workshop “The introduction of clean coal technologies in the power industry of Ukraine” held in Kyiv on 7-9 October became a good platform to discuss possible ways to ensure sustainable use of coal. Prominent Ukrainian researchers, scientists, energy sector officials debated efficient tools to addressing other challenges of the Ukrainian energy sector and environment.

The event was held within the EU-funded Project “Demonstration, dissemination and deployment of clean coal technologies and technologies of carbon capture and storage in Ukraine”.

The overall goal of the EU-funded Project “Demonstration, dissemination and deployment of clean coal technologies and technologies of carbon capture and storage in Ukraine” is to achieve great environmental sustainability in the power sector in beneficiary countries, including Ukraine. More specifically, the project seeks to promote the use of clean coal technologies and carbon capture and storage in Ukraine and other countries. The use of such technologies is believed to lower the expenditure of steam coal and to decrease substantially the emission of greenhouse gases and affect of harmful substances to the environment. The Project started in January 2011 and will continue until the end of 2013. Besides Ukraine, the Project is being implemented in Russia, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Indonesia.

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