Overview of activities
EUEA is an independent non-profit organization open to all stakeholders in the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) sectors, and follows the principle that joint efforts will achieve better results. We are therefore working hard to gather like-minded individuals and companies with similar interests within EUEA, to contribute to the gainful and transparent development of these markets in Ukraine, through the promotion of fair and sustainable business practice, raising public awareness of energy issues, and by influencing government energy policy.
The Association is based on stringent ethical values and is distinguished by transparency, strong code of conduct, openness and political independence.
Its activities reflect the areas of interest of its Members and expand as the Membership grows.
EUEA is committed to actively contributing to the following areas:
- Energy Strategy for Ukraine
- Implementation of obligations under the Energy Community Treaty
- Transparent and sustainable energy efficiency and renewable energy market developments
- (European) network integration – joint actions of network operators and energy producers
- Fair competition of energy producers
- Equal access to network (both for "green" electricity and biogas)
- Development of project financing instruments and mechanisms
We do this by:
- Publishing Position Papers relevant to the EE and RE sectors
- Raising media awareness of energy issues through press releases, organizing press conferences and press lunches
- Expanding the activities of our EE and RE sector Working Groups
- Continuous dialogue with governmental and international institutions
- Organizing the annual European-Ukrainian Energy Day conference
- Being a forum for stakeholder's networking
- Bringing together industry and public-sector experts through Workshops and Roundtables
- Stimulating and improving Government action
- Educating people and companies
- Promoting B2B interaction and facilitating EE and RE project implementation
- Changing attitudes and opinions about the need for energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources in Ukraine
EUEA strives for change and represents this agenda. Together with our Members we seek constructive discussion and engagement, while segmenting the market to identify specific needs to achieve the improvement that needs to happen in Ukraine's energy market.
Working Groups and Position Papers
1. Bio Energy
Due to the necessity to increase energy security, considering direct dependence on the price for imported fuels, Bio Energy development remains one of the highest priorities for Ukraine. Moreover it would have a number of positive outcomes: more employment opportunities, development of local economies, and environmental improvements.
Today biomass fuel, for example, occupies the fourth place in the world by volume of utilization. It gives about 1.5 Bln TOE of energy per year (in developing countries over 30%, in some cases up to 50-80%).
The economic potential of biomass in Ukraine is estimated at 27 MTCE/yr. The main components of the potential are agricultural residues and energy crops. The utilization of the biomass potential for energy purposes can satisfy about 13% of Ukraine's energy demand. The development of the Bio Energy sector should be part of the fuel-energy complex of the country and should be based on a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach.
A number of legal and market barriers to Bio Energy projects are addressed within EUEA Working Group established during the General Meeting on 23 March, 2010.
2. Wind Energy
The modern wind power potential of Ukraine is estimated at 30 TWh per year, one fourth of which falls in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. If the total capacity of Ukrainian wind power plants is raised up to 16,000 MW, and the efficiency factor reaches 30-32%, the electricity production by Ukrainian WPPs will make up 476.8 billion kWh per year (17.4 million TOE).
Given the early stage of wind energy market development there are still a number of barriers for foreign and local developers to deal with. Among them: absence of transparent system of dealing with land issues for the windmills construction; bureaucratic procedure of permits; grid connection and grid access; and one of the most relevant ones being the "local content" recruitment. While Ukraine is continuously stating interest in bursting alternative energy production, the challenges remain untouched and need to be dealt with.
The Wind Energy Working Group was established in March 2010, but has been actively expanding in members and activities starting 2012.
3. Energy Efficiency in Buildings
75.8% of all residential buildings have hot water supply and 87.7% have centralized heat supply. Only 4-5% of residential buildings are equipped with heat registration devices. In the industrial sector this figure amounts to 35-50%.
The Residential Property sector is responsible for 30% of primary energy in Ukraine (including utilities such as heat and power companies). There are about 600,000 residential buildings in state and collective ownership in Ukraine. The high-rise residential buildings (five or more stories) alone consume approximately 40% of all of the country's heat energy resources.
Due to low insulation standards, the specific heat consumption in buildings is estimated to be 1.5- 2.0 times higher than in Western countries. It has been estimated that a national programme to improve building insulation in Ukraine could save up to 2.4 million metric tons of coal equivalent.
In order to increase energy efficiency in buildings, EUEA has presented the Position Paper "10 Golden Ideas for energy efficiency in buildings", which outlines a set of steps needed to be taken in Ukraine as basis, in order for the market to develop efficiently.
The Position Paper on EE in Buildings has been adopted by EUEA Board on January 2010, and further presented to the relevant authorities: Ministry of Regional Construction and Development, National Agency on ensuring efficient use of energy resources, and other stakeholders. In May 2010, the position paper was also presented to the Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Mr. Sergiy Tigipko with the proposal of EUEA in regards to economic reforms needed to bust energy efficiency in the country. Finally, it was discussed during the 1st European-Ukrainian Energy Day held on May 31 - June 1, 2010 and updated in early 2012.
EUEA, through its Working Group, will further work on the priorities and will regularly update the Position Paper on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.
4. District Heating
About 60% of the Ukrainian population is supplied by district heating.
Energy intensity is particularly evident in central district heating systems, operated with outdated and poorly insulated distribution networks. Small and medium sized boilers also feature low efficiency factors and are on average older than 20 years.
District Heating must be considered as a total system and as all systems it requires to have a holistic approach, i.e. to make sure you are optimizing and working with the total system and not only focusing on parts of the system. For district heating to be effective it is crucial to have products and components in the system that work together in an optimal way as well as with optimal individual functions. In order to save on average 50% of energy in a DH modernization project, EUEA promotes the integrated approach to start with installing individual heating substation on each buildings (~15-25% savings), changing to two pipe system and pre-insulated pipes (~15-30% savings) and eventually upgrade the boiler to the needed demand (~5-10% savings). Estimation shows that fuel consumption in the heat sector could be reduced by up to 30% by simply improving equipment such as boilers, pipes, pumps and valves.
The working group on District Heating has been established during EUEA General Meeting on March 23, 2010.
EUEA, through its working group, will further work brining the message to Ukrainian authorities, and work on a step by step implementation.
5. Grids Sustainability/Smart Grids
A clean, secure, cost effective and sufficient supply of energy is essential for the future of economic growth in Ukraine, as it is in other developed and developing nations. Ukraine has similar challenges as other countries in its region when it comes to creating and maintaining a sustainable electricity grid: a) the pressure of rising energy costs, b) an aging grid infrastructure that negatively affects reliability, c) grid inefficiency due to areas of congestion, especially in cities, and weakness that create significant energy losses, d) poor power quality due to non-optimized power grid design, and e) high emissions from traditional electricity generation made worse by grid inefficiencies.
Smart Grids are an adaptable technology framework that takes advantage of the explosion of technology innovation in system automation, control, monitoring, and protection.
To address the above issues and propose action EUEA has identified Grid Sustainability and Smart Grids as one of the priority areas and started by publishing a Position Paper in March 2012.
6. Energy Community
The Energy Community Treaty (ECT), which Ukraine joined in February 2011, creates concrete legal framework, within which Ukraine and the other Contracting Parties implement relevant EU legislation, as to provide in harmonized manner conditions for more investments, for increased energy security and for improving the environment on the ground of competitiveness as a key economic factor. EUEA was among the most active market players promoting Energy Community since 2009 and informing the public on benefits as well as obligation under the treaty.
in 2011 ECT was announced as one of EUEA priorities; a series of discussions and developments have already taking placeincluding the ECT Position Paper in March 2012, focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Implementation of EU Directives in the sectors of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is an integral part of Ukraine's obligations under the Treaty in parallel to reaching the goal of establishing a transparent energy market.
Issues concerning the use of municipal solid waste-to-energy are pressing and urgent due to a high replacement potential of traditional energy by waste energy. Today almost all municipal wastes are stored on landfills, about 160 thousand ha of the territory of Ukraine is covered by waste. It is estimated by the Environmental Ministry that the overall volume of solid municipal waste on landfills accounts for about 311 Bln tons.
Waste-to-energy development is seen as a high priority for Ukraine due to the necessity to increase its energy security in relation to the country's dependence on gaseous and liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Waste-to-Energy could provide a great solution for Ukraine by allowing an alternative source of energy while preserving the environment from waste and wear of resources and materials used.
It is therefore necessary to look for the technologies that allow effective waste utilization in order to ensure the preservation of the environment through the production of recycled materials and alternative sources of energy.
EUEA is tackling the above issues, and more, through its Waste-to-Energy Working Group, established in January 2012.
The geography of Ukraine shows a great potential for the solar energy market development, thus the potential of solar energy in Ukraine is high enough for the wide application of solar equipment. The incidence of solar radiation increases from northwest (1070 kW/m2) to southeast (1440 kW/m2) with the highest potential on the Crimean peninsula. The time period for the efficient usage of solar collectors in the southern regions of Ukraine is 7 months (from April to October), and 5 months (from May to September) in the northern regions. Photovoltaic equipment can operate effectively during the year. Currently solar collectors for water heating are widely implemented in the southern part of Ukraine and their volume is growing.
According to National Agency for Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency (former NAER) the solar potential of Ukraine is much higher than that of Germany and it is technically possible that the share of solar energy will reach 10% of Ukraine's energy balance till 2030. Despite the fact that the equipment for generation of solar energy is still quite expensive, the world experiences a trend of decreasing production costs of such equipment.
EUEA Solar Energy WG was established on September 14, 2012 bringing together relevant market players present in Ukraine.
Download the Position Paper: coming soon
Below are links to the events organized by EUEA:
- High level Roundtable “Energy Efficiency Policy and Public Awareness: Responsibilities and Cooperation”
- Workshop "Energy Efficiency in Ukraine: Policy, Experience, Reforms" and Summary Report of the Workshop
- The 3rd European-Ukrainian Energy Day. Also, please see the report of the 3rd European-Ukrainian Energy Day
- The 2nd European-Ukrainian Energy Day. Also, please see a report on the 2nd European-Ukrainian Energy Day
- The 1st European-Ukrainian Energy Day.