Naftogaz has signed a memorandum of understanding with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine on cutting methane emissions in Ukraine’s gas supply chains.
Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev, EBRD Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Terry McCallion, and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Ukraine Ostap Semerak participated in the signing ceremony within the framework of the ninth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development on Monday in Kyiv.
“A responsible environmental policy is an important element of Naftogaz group’s growth strategy. We share the concept of a clean world for future generations and increase investments in preserving the environment, cutting emissions and preventing industrial risks. Our close cooperation with European partners helps coordinate efforts and enhance the efficiency of our work,” said Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev.
This MoU will be the first step towards the implementation of the Program for Cutting Methane Emissions across the Gas Supply Chain (production, transmission and distribution).
The program’s objectives include:
- higher accuracy of methane emission measurement;
- effective methane emission inventory and regular reporting;
- road map for lower methane emissions;
- dialogue for better policy to cut methane emissions.
Naftogaz attends to the efficient use of natural resources and protection of the environment. The company takes the following measures to cut emissions and mitigate the negative impact of air pollutants:
- inventory of stationary emission sources;
- optimized operating modes and modernization of equipment fueled by hydrocarbons;
- mobile labs to detect valve leakages and eliminate them with modern equipment and high performance sealants;
- construction and equipment of control stations to check and cut emissions produced by vehicles and switching vehicles to environment-friendly fuels.
Naftogaz is actively contributing to environmental programs supported by the EBRD and World Bank with a view to facilitating the implementation of directives 2003/87/EU and 2010/75/EU as well as best international practices and policies.
NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine