Today it is very important not to pursue the use of funds, but to achieve the maximum effect from the introduction of energy efficient measures in buildings. The Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko stressed in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine agency.
"The condominium can decide to embark on a full modernization, which will cost, for example, UAH 5-6 million or even UAH 10 million per building and will enable 60-65% economy. Or they can spend up to UAH 1 million on a building and get 30% savings", said Hennady Zubko.
The official emphasized that the Energy Efficiency Fund would offer its clients to act in two steps. The first step is the installation of an individual heat distribution station (HDS) in the building, and the second – insulation measures. The phased implementation, according to Hennadii Zubko, will not require a large amount of money. The more so the funding provided for the Fund are insignificant as compared to those allocated for the subsidy.
"The sum worth UAH 55-60 billion is directed for subsidies from the state budget per annum. But just imagine that we will allot all these funds for energy efficiency and reduce the number of subsidies by 2-3 times! And this is the only correct way, instead of the utopian decreasing in the price of Ukrainian gas, for covering of which today the subsidies are directed", said the Deputy Prime Minister.
He considers a critical factor that the energy efficiency reform has transferred directly to the level of the person, made it an interested party in this process.
"This was provided by the monetization of subsidies. And it is important not only for energy saving, but also for the development of local government, implementation and modernization of the residential sector, as well as utility companies. Those were funds, which practically were directed neither to households nor to utilities. They practically did not contribute to energy conservation, energy efficiency and modernization. Both in the residential sector and by communal enterprises. Now the situation has changed, and here we’ve broken the ice at last", said Hennadii Zubko.