Today, as never before, consolidation of business and local governments is needed in order to make Ukraine a European country deprived of energy dependence. For 4 years of the energy efficiency reform, a lot has been done, there is a necessary base, now we must advance fast. Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko emphasized at the V Energy Efficiency Partnership Forum.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that 5 years ago Ukraine had chosen a European development path, abandoned the import of Russian gas and embarked on a path towards energy independence. With the strong support of European partners in 2015, the Government and the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services launched a reform of energy efficiency.
"During this period, we have made a crucial breakthrough. We have approved the necessary basic laws, given impetus to the establishment of an institution of a responsible owner - since 2014, the number of condominiums has increased 2.5 times and by now we have 33 thousand buildings united in condominiums. We have opened up the opportunities for people to meter energy consumption and manage it - by 3.5 times (up to 80%) the installing of counters in the apartment buildings grew. We have introduced energy efficiency programs. To date, 538,000 families have benefited from warm loans, 240 municipal energy efficiency programs are in effect, and about 300 ESCO agreements have been signed. We have launched the energy audit market - we have already engaged 400 certified energy auditors, 34 higher educational institutions have triggered programs to train energy auditors, there have been issued the first 60 energy certificates of buildings. Together with our international partners, we have established an efficient reform tool - the Energy Efficiency Fund, which is already testing the first 15 energy efficiency projects in condominiums. We have started with the support of international financial institutions the modernization of utility providers, which to date is underway in 41 towns already", said Hennadii Zubko.
The Deputy Prime Minister noted that the next step was to adopt the Energy Efficiency bill, which was developed by the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services that would concern energy efficiency in the energy sector, industry and transport.