In June 2012, a wooden pellet production facility was built and put into operation in Dubno district in Rivne region of Ukraine, with the support of the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by UNDP.
The Mynkovtsi village community welcomed this GEF SGP project with great enthusiasm because the manufacturing of pellets is environmentally friendly and economically beneficial. Through the project, 20 new jobs were created in this district with a comparatively high unemployment rate. Furthermore, the local people can reduce their expenses on household heating through the use of wooden pellets.
Currently, the capacity of the facility allows for a production of 500kg of pellets per hour. The raw material for the production of these pellets is wood waste from the timber industry, energy willow, straw and other agricultural waste. Hence, waste is transformed into an economic resource while reducing the use of fossil fuels at the same time. The establishment of this pellet plant has helped raise awareness among the local public about sustainable resource use, reduction of emissions, and the protection of the environment. It has also already had a significant impact on reducing the consumption of non-renewable natural resources in the region.