A green recovery can place Ukraine at the forefront of the clean power transition

Ukraine was making good progress in its electricity transition, committing to a coal phase-out and achieving rapid increases in wind and solar capacity. 

However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 changed the landscape of the country’s energy transition, with wind and nuclear power both severely affected, and a concerted attack on grid infrastructure. In 2022, Ukraine saw a dramatic fall in power sector emissions as power plants stopped generating or were damaged, and electricity demand collapsed.

The world is now looking to support Ukraine’s green recovery. As Ukrainian NGO Ecoaction writes, coal mining communities affected by the conflict can be reconstructed through investing in the future clean energy economy – and even as the invasion continues, Ukraine is adding significant new wind and solar power. 


Last updated: May 2023

Progress towards 1.5C power sector benchmarks