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Eco City – recommended plan of energy-efficient management for public buildings in Pervomaysk


Situated in the oblast of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, Pervomaysk is a town plagued by rising energy prices, and the ensuing increase in public spending on energy.

The town owns 83 facilities (including 22 kindergartens, 14 schools, and 7 universities). It is also the owner of 362 residential buildings (out of the grand total of 13,726). They are heated by two heat and power plants (municipal and private), through a network of 38.1 kilometres, 56% of which are in need of complete renovation. The boilers are powered with natural gas. The heat transmission network needs to be rebuilt. Nearly all municipally funded buildings should undergo thermomodernization; they also need to have their ventilation systems upgraded, their roofs and walls insulated, the insulation of their door and window woodwork improved, and their inner lighting modernized to save energy.

The annual cost of street lighting is approx. UAH 437,600, the main reason being the use of old technologies that do not meet environmental standards to light urban spaces. During the heating season there is a shortage of hot tap water. An effective use of alternative energy sources could be considered in the case of most buildings that have no heating today or that have small cubic capacity and are coal-heated.

Eco City – recommended plan of energy-efficient management for public buildings in Pervomaysk


The project addressed the problem of low energy efficiency of public buildings in the town of Pervomaysk. It was carried out between 3 March and 31 December 2014 by the HORIZONS Association for Innovation and Technology Transfer. The project’s partners were the municipality of Pervomaysk, the Agency of European Innovations, and the Subcarpathian Renewable Energy Cluster (national partner). It benefitted members of public and local government administration, and the local community.

The project envisaged support for the town’s socio-economic development. To that end, the local government was encouraged to put in place energy-saving solutions, and make public facilities more energy efficient. As a result, local administration staff were trained in how to efficiently use energy in the municipal administration unit, and a model plan was drafted for an energy efficient management of Pervomaysk’s public facilities. The plan was held up as an example to be followed by other cities at the Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine Forum.

In the long run, the model plan for an energy efficient management of public facilities will increase their energy efficiency by an average of 20-30%. It is expected that the training of specialists in efficient management of energy and energy-saving lighting of public facilities will spur the town’s socio-economic development, and consequently enhance the quality of life for Pervomaysk’s residents.

The project serves to implement priority 6 – Environmental protection, and priority 11 – Professionalization and development of public administration.

Eco City – recommended plan of energy-efficient management for public buildings in Pervomaysk


The project resulted in setting up a consultation point advising on how to efficiently use energy in the municipal administration unit. Another achievement was the model plan for an energy efficient management of Pervomaysk’s public facilities. Building on the plan, it will be possible to modernize public facilities so as to make them more energy efficient by using renewable energy sources, as well as design and build new energy-saving public facilities. In addition, 30 municipal employees learnt more about energy saving in public facilities.

Activities dedicated to administration staff encouraged the local government to put energy-saving solutions in place, and make public facilities more energy efficient.