Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine Oleksiy Orzhel said that the government was preparing a large-scale program for the professional reorientation of miners as part of the transformation of the coal mining industry of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service.
“We are becoming more efficient, which means that our people who work in the energy sector must be offered a new future. We need to look for new jobs for them. The government, respecting the work of miners, is looking for how to implement their plans”, the minister said. “We want these people to find a new job, and not to be forced to climb into the mines and be in danger. We want the children of the miners not to be afraid that they will not see their father in the evening. We must save their parents”.
He also noted that burning coal negatively affects the environment, as the coal industry produces a lot of emissions and waste:
“Renewable energy and accumulating capacities are developing in the country, because this is the progress – this is the future, and coal and its burning are the past. We must save Ukraine from environmental disaster”, said Orzhel.
In current realities of Ukraine, it is forced to buy anthracite coal for Ukrainian thermal power plants, which is not mined by a mine in the controlled territory, and coal mining is not profitable.
To recap, during the presentation of the Strategy for the “green” energy transition of Ukraine, Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Oleksiy Orzhel said that the coal industry would be a thing of the past.
Earlier it was reported that the World Bank would support Ukraine in the restructuring of the coal industry.
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