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Energy efficiency in buildings - regulations, financing, technologies

Ukraine has one of the most energy-intensive economies in the world. Whereas modernisation measures have been carried out in industry in recent years to lower gas usage, until recently there have been no incentives to improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the housing sector, where heat and gas have been subsidised by the state. As a result, the municipal and housing sector consumes about 30% to 40% of Ukraine’s annual demand for gas, electricity and heat. Multi-family buildings in Ukraine use about three times more heat per unit area than those in the EU.

The Ukrainian authorities are aware of the challenges associated with thermo-modernisation. On 8 April 2015, the government adopted a regulation on allocating to the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Municipal Services UAH 495.7 million to finance projects for 2015 related to energy efficiency. The funds are to be derived from the EU. This financing is to take the form of subsidies for loans granted by three state banks (Oshchadbank, Ukrhazbank and Ukreximbank). On this basis, the state Oshchadbank prepared a programme of loans for private individuals and housing cooperatives. In May 2015, Oshchadbank issued nearly 1,500 loans to individuals under the programme, of which 60% went for the purchase of new boilers and 40% for energy-saving materials. In addition, nine cooperatives applied for loans.

In light of the above, the “Energy efficiency in residential buildings – regulations, financing, technologies” project meets the needs of Ukraine. The proposed project is primarily addressed to Polish thermo-modernisation firms and representatives of housing cooperatives in Kiev and four Ukrainian regions. This selection of recipients will result in maximum multiplication of the project’s results.

Energy efficiency in buildings - regulations, financing, technologies

The project will be implemented from September to December 2015. Its aim is to provide support for increasing energy savings in Ukraine in the municipal and housing sectors. This will be achieved through transfer of knowledge concerning government programmes of co-financing loans for thermo‑modernisation of buildings and a presentation of thermo-modernisation technologies offered by Polish enterprises for Ukraine. An integrating project component provides for the preparation of beneficiaries (110 entities: 20 representatives of Polish firms offering thermo‑modernisation technologies and 90 representatives of housing cooperatives in Lviv, Kiev and Ivano-Frankivsk) for cooperation in the field of thermo-modernisation of residential buildings.

Apart from administrative and organisational measures, the project’s implementation will include training in Kiev for representatives of Polish firms offering thermo-modernisation technologies for residential buildings (one day, 20 participants plus one expert from IFC and three experts from Oshchadbank, Ukrhazbank and Ukreximbank). Training will also be carried out for representatives of housing cooperatives in Kiev, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk (one day, 30 participants plus one expert from IFC and three experts from Oshchadbank, Ukrhazbank and Ukreximbank and eight experts from Polish firms) to transfer knowledge on government programme of co-financing loans for thermo-modernisation of residential buildings, on loan offers of banks and modernisation technologies offered by Polish firms.

Energy efficiency in buildings - regulations, financing, technologies

The project was implemented from September to December 2015. Three seminars were held: in Kiev (29 to 30 October at the State Municipal Administration), Lviv (19 November at Hotel Dnister) and Ivano-Frankivsk (11 December at the State Regional Administration). Training was addressed to representatives of housing cooperatives in Ukraine and local departments responsible for the municipal sector. Participants also included representatives of the Polish firms Greinplast, Bolix-Ukraina, Śniezka-Ukraina and Inwestbud Holding, who presented modern methods for improving energy efficiency of residential houses as well as innovative systems and materials. During the training, attention was also drawn to institutional and financial sources of support for modernisation of the social sector and proposals of Ukrainian banks for loans for thermo-modernisation projects. Under the project, 110 beneficiaries underwent training, of which 20 represented Polish firms and over 100 were members of housing associations in Ukraine.