On December 7, 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved the Concept of Implementation of State Climate Change Policy till 2030. ‘This is the first national strategic document on climate change and it takes account of Paris Agreement’, said the Minister of Environment Ostap Semerak.
The Concept sets an important goal – a transition to low-carbon development, its implementation will last till 2030. Key policy directions are: (1) strengthening institutional capacity, (2) preventing climate change and (3) adaption to climate change. No new tasks are set for preventing climate change, but the confirmation of already existing tasks is also important. These tasks include reduction of GHG emissions to 60% of 1990 level, achieving national indicative energy saving goal of 9% of average internal consumption, achieving renewable share of 11% in energy consumption, decreasing energy intensity of GDP by 20% till 2020. Yet, the Concept does not give an answer as to the role of nuclear energy in combating climate change.
The Concept outlines several plans for development and implementation of mid-term strategy of low-carbon development of Ukraine, state risk management system and mid-term strategy for adaption to climate change.