On 10 November 2015, during the XІ International Congress “Institutional and technical aspects of reforming housing and municipal economy – 2015”, Mr. Robert Kuenne, Director of the Project, handed over the results of the joint study “Energy efficiency in Ukraine: on the way to reforms” exploring the key barriers to energy efficiency improvement in Ukraine to Mr. Eduard Kruhliak, Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Economy of Ukraine.
The document entitled “Energy efficiency in Ukraine: on the way to reforms” contains a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the main challenges in the field of energy efficiency as well as priority steps required for achieving scaled energy saving in short- and mid-term future. It was prepared upon the request of the Ministry for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Economy of Ukraine.
The authors of the study analysed the existing barriers to reducing energy consumption, governmental capacity to implement the energy efficiency reforms, activities of IFI and donor community as well as international practices of energy management implementation on the national, regional and local levels. It is expected that the document will lay the foundation for identifying the further decisions and steps in the process of energy efficiency reforms implementation involving all the relevant stakeholders.
According to the Project Director Mr. Robert Kuenne, “important reforms that are crucial for the energy efficiency sector of Ukraine require a more systematic approach. Together with our partners from the Ministry for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Municipal Economy of Ukraine we have prepared a to-do list describing the next necessary steps to be taken in order to overcome the existing barriers to achieving tangible progress in energy savings and, thus, to increasing energy security of Ukraine.”
The research was performed on the basis of personal interviews with leading energy efficiency specialists and experts as well as an online questionnaire open to all those willing to participate. The conducted analysis resulted in identifying a range of selected priorities in addressing the key barriers, which were grouped in 7 categories, namely: financial, economic, legislative, information and training-educational, regulatory, organizational and institutional, and technical. Amongst the key forward-looking approaches to overcome some of these barriers the utilization of Municipal Energy Agencies as multipliers and service providers for different consumer groups as well as local drivers for energy efficiency reforms implementation at the level of local communities can be considered.
The study can be downloaded from the section Publications.
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