Ukraine Leaders and Opponents

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Government Official
Ostap Semerak
Minister of Ecology of Ukraine

The Minister of Ecology, Ostap Semerak, attended the COP 22 meeting and plays a key role in setting Climate Change Policy in the Ukrainian government. According to Mr. Semerak, Ukraine’s new Energy strategy should be with low carbon content, and Ukraine has to move to 100% renewable energy.


Climate Program Advocate
Iryna Stavchuk
Head of the Climate Change Department of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine

Iryna Stavchuk is Head of the Climate Change Department of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine. She also serves as a co-coordinator of the Climate Action Network node in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. She is the lead spokesperson on climate change issues in Ukraine. Her expertise on the subject and her skills in communicating help her to impact decisions by the Ukrainian government for implementation of climate protection programs.


Climate Program Opponent
Rinat Akhmetov

Rinat Akhmetov is the owner of the largest energy holding entity in Ukraine, DTEK, a conglomerate of various companies from coal mining to power generation. The influence of Rinat Akhmetov, the country’s wealthiest oligarch, has weakened after the Donbass crisis. But he still has political influence to lobby for his interests for expanding the coal sector.



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