The increase of energy efficiency is of high relevance to Ukraine. The State Program for Energy Efficiency for the period from 2010 till 2015 stipulates that energy intensity should be reduced by 20% compared to 2008 and should be adjusted to EU standards. Achieving this goal will lead to, first of all, higher security of energy supply, reduced dependency of Ukraine on imported energy resources and decreased costs for consumers. Corresponding political programs and measures are needed to underpin the implementation of the energy efficiency requirements. In the regions and municipalities of Ukraine there is an acute need for action in regard to the implementation of energy efficiency measures.
The project “Establishment of Energy Agencies in Ukraine” was initiated by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB*) in the frame of the International Climate Initiative (IKI*). It is being implemented by the company «Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ**) GmbH» since early 2014 and will continue until the end of 2017. The goal of the project is through the establishment and consulting support of two regional energy agencies to explore potentials for energy savings, to increase energy efficiency at the regional and municipal level and to implement first projects. Consulting and networking activities at national level will facilitate appropriate framework conditions.
*The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition since 2008. For the first few years the IKI was financed through the auctioning of emission allowances, but it is now funded from the budget of the
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**GIZ is a federal enterprise, which supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ operates throughout Germany and in more than 130 countries worldwide and has a staff of 16,410 around the globe, almost 70 % of whom are employed locally as national personnel. Since 1993 GIZ supports the reform process in Ukraine by providing advisory and consulting services and organization of educational and training activities. More information about GIZ in Ukraine can be found here www.giz.de/ukraine-ua
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