Market study on possibilities for utilization of organic fertilizers
Period 2019-2020
Services Market Research
Sector Biogas and biomethane
Location Ukraine

The EBRD’s FINTECC (Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change) programme is part of a global drive towards climate technology transfer for developing countries and countries in transition. The FINTECC Ukraine programme is created to promote climate technology transfer into Ukrainian markets, developing specific measures to enable local environment for technology transfer, addressing policy, institutional, financial, and technical barriers, and to increase capacity of Ukrainian businesses to innovate in all areas of climate technologies’ development and deployment.

Ukraine has well-developed agricultural sector with large amount of mineral fertilizers applied in the fields annually. The use of organic fertilizers is minimal in comparison with mineral ones. This results in a deterioration of the soils, in particular a decrease in the humus content, as well as an increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Substitution of mineral fertilizers with organic ones, in particular the digestate from biogas plants, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 6 kg CO2eq per 1 kg of substituted nitrogen fertilizers. This approach is in line with the objectives of climate change prevention and therefore the objectives of the EBRD’s FINTECC program.

The project`s goals are to prepare market study including review of approaches and supply chains for utilisation of organic fertilizers based of digested materials after agriculture biogas plants, and to support partnership, knowledge sharing and marketing activities to promote utilisation of organic fertilizers. The current state of organic fertilizers production and use in Ukraine, technological aspects of digestate production via anaerobic digestion and production of the digestate based end products, digestate quality indicators, digestate quality management, approaches to the marketing of digestate based products, the issues on standardization and certification of digestate based products, as well as economic aspects of digestate processing and use were studied. As a result, specific measures and recommendations were proposed at national, producer and consumer levels to promote the use of digestate in Ukraine.

More information about the project results can be found on the official website of SAF Ukraine (Sustainable Agribusiness Forum)):

Contact person from SEC “Biomass”: Petro Kucheruk (