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3rd German-Ukrainian
Energy Day

“Powering Ukraine's Future: Strengthening
Energy Cooperation for Sustainable Recovery”

The Russian war severely impacted Ukraine`s energy sector, damaging critical infrastructure and causing disruptions in energy supplies. This has led to economic instability and increased costs for industries and households. The war has highlighted the vulnerability of Ukraine`s centralized energy system, emphasizing the need for immediate action to decentralize energy supply and diversify the energy mix. Transitioning to renewable energy sources would enhance energy security, resilience, and environmental responsibility, positioning Ukraine for a sustainable future
as an EU member.

Enhanced German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership

The German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership has been instrumental in providing emergency relief and supporting Ukraine during the ongoing war. Its actions focus on addressing energy challenges and contributing to post-war recovery.


In April, the governments of Germany and Ukraine, striving to enhance the Energy Partnership considering the recent challenges to the regional energy security and the crucial importance of accelerating the development of carbon-free and sustainable energy systems in their countries, amended the Joint Declaration of Intent on the Establishment of an Energy Partnership. The following areas were suggested to be the main topics for cooperation:

  • Emergency needs of the energy sector of Ukraine including the quick restoration of
    energy infrastructure while considering the long-term goal of a carbon-free and
    sustainable energy system;

  • Mid- and long-term green recovery and reconstruction of the energy system of Ukraine
    with the goal of working towards a carbon-free, sustainable and more secure system;

  • Renewable energy integration into the grid and sector coupling;

  • Promoting sustained resilience of the energy sector and expanding the use of renewable
    energy, including Wind, PV, Biomass, Hydropower and Green Hydrogen;

  • Energy saving through energy efficiency;

  • Decarbonization and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions for the purpose of
    accelerating the clean energy transition;

  • Decarbonization of power and heat production;

  • Support of structural change in Ukrainian coal regions, including the implementation of
    just transition and green projects in those regions.


German-Ukrainian Energy Day: Central Event of the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership

The annual German-Ukrainian Energy Day strengthens the partnership between Germany and Ukraine, facilitating strategic engagement, knowledge exchange, and business opportunities. It offers several important benefits:

  • High-Level Engagement: It provides a platform for dialogue and collaboration between
    government officials, policymakers, industry leaders, and experts.

  • Policy Alignment and Coordination: The event fosters coordination and harmonization of
    energy policies and strategies.

  • Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building: It facilitates knowledge transfer and
    strengthens the capacity of Ukrainian stakeholders.

  • Investment and Business Opportunities: It showcases investment opportunities and
    promotes business partnerships.

  • International Visibility and Cooperation: It enhances the international visibility of the
    partnership and encourages broader collaboration.

  • Progress Monitoring and Evaluation: It allows for reviewing progress, assessing joint
    projects, and identifying areas for improvement.

Format: Offline (also broadcasted online via Zoom)

Location: GIZ Representation, Reichpietschufer 20, 10785 Berlin

Languages: English with simultaneous translation into Ukrainian and German


3rd German-Ukrainian Energy Day

09:30 – 11:00

Registration & Coffee

CEST Berlin (EEST Kyiv: +1h) 

11:00 – 11:30

Energy Partnership – Key Takeaways and Vision for the Future

Short introduction by master of ceremony:

Dr Kari Odermann

Welcome statements:

German Galushchenko

Minister of Energy of Ukraine

Dr Franziska Brantner

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for
Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Guiding questions:

  • What has been achieved by the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership?

  • What is the long-term vision for the energy transition in Germany and Ukraine?

  • What does sustainable recovery mean? What are the main tasks of green recovery under the Energy Partnership?

  • What are the possibilities and perspectives for the involvement of German business in green recovery?

11:45 – 12:45

Session 1:

Sustainable Recovery in Ukraine – From Emergency Support to Long-term Energy Transition

Short introduction by moderator:

Kristina Haverkamp

Managing Director, German Energy Agency (dena)

Input statement:

Dr Ihor Zhovkva

Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine (online)

Panel discussion:

Dr Franziska Brantner

Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)

Yaroslav Demchenkov

Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine

Dr Tobias Lindner

Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office (AA)

Oleksandr Butenko

Deputy Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine

Volker Oel

Deputy Director General Eastern Europe, Federal Ministry for
Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Roman Andarak

General Director of Directorate for Strategic Planning and
European Integration, Ministry of Energy of Ukraine

Guiding questions:

  • What are the short-term emergency, mid-term recovery, and long-term energy transition needs of Ukraine?

  • What should be the next steps from emergency measures to long-term energy transition in Ukraine?

  • How can Ukraine contribute to the security of energy supply and energy transition in Europe?

  • How can the German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership and other international initiatives effectively support Ukraine on this way?

12:45 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:30

Session 2:

Ukrainian Energy Sector: Business Opportunities in the Recovery Process

Short introduction by moderator:

Dr Yulia Rybak

Adviser to the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, Co-Head of the
German-Ukrainian Energy Partnership Secretariat

Input statement:

Oleksii Chernyshov

CEO, Naftogaz of Ukraine (video statement)

Panel discussion:

Yaroslav Demchenkov

Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine

Paweł Stańczak

Deputy General Director, Gas TSO of Ukraine

Dr Robert Hermann

CEO, German Trade and Invest (GTAI)

Ihor Syrota

CEO, UkrHydroEnergo

Adomas Audikas

Head of Biomethane Business, MHP

Reiner Perau

CEO, German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce  (AHK Ukraine) 

Khrystyna Kasyanova

Member of the Board, Head of Energy and Energy Transition Committee, German-Ukrainian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Ukraine)

Guiding questions:

  • What opportunities does the Ukrainian energy sector offer to Ukrainian and international business? What are their expectations?

  • How can B2B and B2G cooperation between Germany and Ukraine be strengthened under the political framework of the Energy Partnership?

  • How can the Partnership effectively address the need for a stronger involvement of private businesses into the recovery process and energy transition in Ukraine?

15:30 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:45

Session 3:

Strengthening Frameworks for Sustainable Development and Market Integration of the Ukrainian Energy Sector

Short introduction by moderator:

Torsten Woellert

Minister-Counsellor for Energy, EU Delegation to Ukraine

Input statement:

Dirk Buschle

Deputy Director, Energy Community Secretariat (EnC)

Panel discussion:

Anna Zamazeeva

Head of State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE)

Roman Andarak

Director General of the Directorate for Strategic Planning and
European Integration, Ministry of Energy of Ukraine

Sergiy Tsivkach

CEO, UkraineInvest

Robert Kirchner

Head of Low Carbon Ukraine Project, Berlin Economics

Toni Reinholz

Team Lead Biogas, German Energy Agency (dena)

Guiding questions:

  • What instruments and regulations should be established to allow the integration of the Ukrainian energy sector into the European market?

  • What actions should be taken to further develop the green gas industry in Ukraine (biomethane, green hydrogen)?

  • What are the perspectives for the involvement of local actors into the energy market (e.g. prosumer models, energy communities)?

16:45 – 17:15

Coffee break

17:15 – 18:15

Session 4:

New Approach towards Resilient and Decentralised Energy Supply:
The Role of Local Communities and Civil Society

Short introduction by moderator:

Miriam Faulwetter

Project Director Supporting Structural Change in Ukrainian
Coal Regions, GIZ

Input statement:

Kostiantyn Krynytskyi

Head of Energy Department, NGO Ecoaction

Panel discussion:

Viktoriya Hryb

Head of the Subcommittee on Energy Security of the Verkhovna
Rada Committee on Energy and Housing and Communal Services

Stepan Kuibida

Head of Economic Development Department, Lviv Regional
Military Administration

Iryna Stavchuk

Ukraine Programme Coordinator, European Climate Foundation

Robert Kuenne

Cluster Coordinator Energy & Climate Ukraine, GIZ

Dr Andreas Koch

Team Lead Neighbourhoods and Cities, German Energy
Agency (dena)

Guiding questions:

  • What is the role of Ukrainian communities while achieving a sustainable recovery based on renewable decentral generation?

  • How can the Energy Partnership effectively address the need for a stronger involvement of local communities in the decentralisation of energy supply?

  • How can the Partnership effectively support just transition in Ukrainian coal regions?

18:15 – 19:45


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