On November 8, 2017, the Government approved National Emissions Reduction Plan for Large Combustion Plants (NERP), also authorizing the Ministry of Energy to coordinate its implementation. By December 1, 2017, the Ministry of Energy should submit a draft action plan for implementation of the NERP in 2017. Earlier, the Government put an obligation on the Ministry of Environment of Ukraine to amend technical regulations on allowed emissions for such plants within 3 months from adoption of NERP.
NERP was approved to comply with Ukraine’s obligations under the Energy Community (Directive 2001/80/EC) and aims at gradual reduction of emissions of sulphur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and dust from large combustion plants (with rated thermal input exceeding 50 MW) by December 2033. The NERP represents intentions by Ukraine, as a member of Energy Community, to significantly reduce emissions of operating large combustion plants. There are 223 such plants operating in Ukraine, 90 of which are included into NERP for reduction of emissions, 135 should be decommissioned and only 3 will comply with emissions limits starting January 2018. NERP provides for a regular reporting to Energy Community Secretariat on implementation of the plan (to be done by Ministry of Energy).
One of the biggest operators of combustion plants in Ukraine – DTEK – welcomed the adoption of the NERP, while expressing its concern over the lack of the key element in the plan - financing sources.