"The government approved the energy security strategy. The document, among other things, contains an analysis of threats with the definition of their criticality, identifies priorities for ensuring energy security. It also describes strategic choices, goals, and objectives aimed at preventing situations that could create threats to Ukraine's energy security," Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said.
According to the press service of the Ministry of Energy, the document identifies 29 key threats to energy security. These include both external risks - cyber threats to critical energy infrastructure facilities, aggression from the Russian Federation, and internal - possible incomplete integration with the EU electricity and gas supply systems, deterioration of fixed assets, lack of energy reserves, and alike.
Considering external and internal challenges and threats to energy security, the strategy formulates three basic forecast scenarios of changes in the energy sector and their impact on the development of the fuel and energy complex:
- maintaining current trends and state;
- a scenario of "unfriendly impact";
- a "positive transformation" scenario.
"In order to prevent possible negative consequences in the framework of the first two scenarios, as well as to prevent stagnation of the energy sector, systemic actions are needed to implement the scenario of "positive transformation" and ensure energy independence," the document says.