Post-war Challenges in the Energy Efficiency Sector”

Organiser: European-Ukrainian Energy Agency

Date: July 28, 10:00-11:30 (Kyiv time)           Language: Ukrainian/English

Registration: https://forms.gle/UWB3kNfUDHefhMjr7 

Relevance:

As a result of russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, at a time when a large number of countries are ceasing cooperation with the aggressor country and refusing to use Russian fossil fuels, Ukraine must also direct its efforts to support the energy front, an integral part of which is the energy efficiency (EE) market. EE is one of the driving sector of sustainable development of the energy sector as it is noted in REPowerEU. Moreover сurrently, the European Parliament is advocating an increase to 14.5% of the energy efficiency target for 2030.

As to Ukrainian targets, according to the Ukraine’s National Recovery Plan Plan presented in Lugano, the modernization of regions and housing, as well as a large-scale energy efficiency program is a strategic priority of Ukraine, for which it is planned to attract USD 230 billion, of which almost USD 90 billion is planned to be attracted to a large-scale energy efficiency program, as well as almost USD 90 billion for the construction of buildings and new urban planning, USD 52 billion for the other infrastructure modernization, unfortunately, no words about energy efficiency in the industry.

Also, on July 9, 2022, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for draft law 6485 “On Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding the Creation of Conditions for the Introduction of Complex Thermal Modernization of Buildings.

Innovations in the legislation will allow the Energy Efficiency Fund:

  • to provide grants for any housing policy programs, including housing restoration. According to the current law, the Fund can finance only complex energy-efficient projects, and in accordance with the new norms of the law, the Fund will be able to expand financing;
  • to reimburse gradually the costs of energy-efficient measures, which reduces the burden on housing cooperatives;
  • to finance additional measures, for example, if it is necessary to strengthen the structure of the coating before its insulation.

Changes to the Law of Ukraine «On Energy Efficiency of Buildings»:

  • regulate technical issues of energy certification of buildings. However, the new legislation doesn’t introduce conceptual changes that would stimulate large-scale energy certification of buildings in the country, as it happens in European countries.
  • introduce the development of a strategy for thermal modernization of buildings;
  • obligations are placed on state bodies to thermally modernize 1% of the heating area of state-owned buildings every year.

Generally, the meeting aims to cover answers to the following questions:

  • What post-war challenges await the energy efficiency sector and how does the state plan to restore the sector, real steps?
  • The potential of energy efficiency in industry as one of the driving aspects of economic recovery.
  • Modernization of infrastructure with the involvement of energy-efficient solutions: current situation, future steps, implementation of programs.
  • What are the realities of the investment and financial climate in the energy efficiency sector.

Moderator: Olena Baida, senior expert of the STARTER project.

Speakers: 

  • Dmytro Prinus, Acting Director of EUEA;
  • Representative of the Ministry of Economy or Reform Support Team of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine;
  • Serhiy Porovskyy, Principal Energy Efficiency Financing and Policy Expert, UNIDO/GEF UKR IEE Project;
  • Vadym Matkovsky, Energy Efficiency Coordinator of Reform Support Team at the Ministry of Regional Development;
  • Rostyslav Maraikin Regional Coordinator, Eastern Europe & Central Asia, PFAN.