Energy Efficiency Reform in Ukraine | Special from Toronto
Ukraine is working to decrease energy consumption by 60 percent in many buildings, to decrease natural gas consumption by 10 billion cubic meters, and to create additional jobs in the process
Before the start of energy efficiency reforms in 2015, Ukraine was dependant on Russian gas, had a lack of metering of energy corruption, and had an inefficient relationship between consumers and utilities.
But since then, Ukraine has come a long way, energy expert Olena Baida, of the Expert Group on Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels Development said at the Ukraine Reform Conference in Toronto, Canada.
Starting in 2015, Ukraine launched a state program to foster a decrease in household energy consumption.
“Households consume one-third of the whole energy consumed by Ukraine,” she said. “Seventy percent of all buildings were built before 1991, and they basically leak energy. This is the problem of their age, but also of the building norms.”
Individual heating sub-stations were placed in households throughout Ukraine. New ceiling insulation, hot water systems, as well as more energy-efficient windows and doors for common areas were installed. Thanks to these measures, the cost of heating has decreased to an average of $0.30 per square meter during the heating season.
Last year, Ukraine signed the Energy Efficiency Fund agreement with the European Union. It provides further technical and financial support for implementing energy efficiency measures for buildings.
Now, Ukraine is beginning large-scale renovations of the residential sector. It is working to decrease energy consumption by 60 percent in many buildings, to decrease natural gas consumption by 10 billion cubic meters, and to create additional jobs in the process.