Cooperation with Ukraine

Ukraine is seeking to strengthen its security of supply while at the same time transforming its energy sector. The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) is sharing substantial experience on cost-efficient long-term energy planning in order to provide input to the Ukrainian government’s efforts on formulating new well-founded policies and result-focused actions plans to reform the country’s energy sector. 

Energy data is vital

Energy data forms a vital part of understanding and regulating the energy sector. For example, data collection for indicators on energy efficiency can be used to show policy makers where energy savings in different sectors make most impact. The collected data can also be used to give vital input to energy modelling and scenario analysis for long term planning.

Assistance through a joint Energy Centre

The Ukrainian-Danish cooperation focuses on long-term energy planning. The Danish Energy Agency is providing technical assistance to the centre on energy data, modelling and energy efficiency, heat generation and integration of renewable energy. 

The assistance is provided through the Ukrainian-Danish Energy Centre (UDEC), which was established in Kiev in 2015 with the aim of making long-term energy planning based on improved collection of reliable data on energy consumption and supply to forecast and prepare for future energy needs. UDEC will also look into the potential for integration of renewable energy into the regional grids.

Three years, six main focus areas

The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) will deliver technical assistance to the Ukrainian-Danish Energy Centre (UDEC) from 2015-2018. A Danish energy advisor was posted to Kiev in May 2015 and will provide technical support during a two-year period.

DEA will support UDEC on the following six main areas:

  1. Methodology for long-term forecast modelling of the national energy balance
  2. Methodology for greenhouse gas inventory and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting
  3. Monitoring system for energy efficiency at industrial sub-sector level
  4. Methodology and tools for analysis of integrating renewable energy in regional grids
  5. Methodology and software for energy scenario analysis
  6. Analysis of options for increased use of biomass, biogas and municipal waste for heat generation

About the Ukrainian-Danish Energy Centre

The UDEC is financed through an agreement between the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark under the Neighbourhood Programme. The Danish Neighbourhood Programme is a part of the European Neighbourhood Policy to assist the EU’s neighbouring countries to the east and southeast. The overall objective of the Neighbourhood Programme is to promote human rights, the rule of law, democracy and economic integration with the EU. The budget of the Ukrainian-Danish energy cooperation is 15 million DKK, which is a part of the one billion DKK that has been allocated for the Neighbourhood Programme from 2013-2017. 

The UDECis based in the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry in Kiev.  A Steering Committee chaired by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine and vice chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark ensures progress on the activities. Members of the Steering Committee include the Danish Energy Agency and the Ukrainian institutions participating in the tasks under UDEC. DEA has entered an agreement with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to deliver technical assistance and support to the Ukrainian-Danish Energy Centre (UDEC) from 2015 to 2018.

The Danish-Ukrainian Cooperation

Nadeem Niwaz
Special Advisor Centre for System Analysis, Energy Efficiency and Global Cooperation (+45) 3395 5808