Verkhovna Rada has taken the first step towards unblocking biomethane exports

Verkhovna Rada has taken the first step towards unblocking biomethane exports

Katerina Belousova

Ukraine will be able to export biogas that has proof of sustainability

The Verkhovna Rada has adopted as a basis the draft law No. 9456 "On Amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine on Customs Clearance of Biomethane," which is intended to unblock biogas exports to the EU.

This decision, which involves finalizing the provisions, was supported by 253 MPs, according to the Verkhovna Rada's website.

The draft law stipulates that customs control and customs clearance of biomethane will be carried out in the manner prescribed for natural gas.

"This is a big step that will contribute to the establishment and development of the biomethane industry in Ukraine," said The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine.

The message explained that producers will be able to export biomethane which have an account in the biomethane register and are directly connected to the gas transportation or gas distribution system using automatic flow devices (automatic chromatographs).

The Association added that Ukraine will be able to export only the amount of biogas that is fully produced in the customs territory of Ukraine, provided that proof of sustainability of the produced biomethane is provided for this amount.

Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that in July 2023, the Verkhovna Rada registered draft law No. 9456 "On Amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine on Customs Clearance of Biomethane", which will contribute to the expansion of biomethane production capacities.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, Oleksiy Ryabchyn, adviser to the Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, said that resolving the issue of development of the biomethane industry would help Ukraine receive a higher rating from the European Commission. Serhii Savchuk, director of development and investment of the VITAGRO group of companies, emphasized that exports are the basis for the development of the industry.

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