Ukraine has committed to bringing its proportion of renewable energy sources to 11 per cent of its total energy mix by 2020. It also has an annual energy saving potential equivalent to 30 billion cubic meters of gas.
These were the key messages of the International Investment Business Forum on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, held, with EU support, by theState Agency on EnergyEfficiency and Energy Saving in Kyiv on Nov. 6-9.
Walter Tretton, head the EU Delegation’s Energy, Transport and Environment section, says that Ukraine has huge energy saving potential and he encourages the country to use this “hidden fuel” resource. The cleanest and cheapest energy, according to Tretton, is the one that we still do not use.
Ukraine’s accession to the European Energy Community in February 2011 will help integrate the country’s energy sector into the European energy market. Tretton hopes that the country’s national energy efficiency action plan will be in accordance with the Energy Community Treaty, bringing the country’s energy consumption closer to the EU norms.
Mykola Pashkevych, chairman of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, believes that the objective of increasing renewable energy to 11 per cent of Ukraine’s total energy sources by 2020 is realistic. He adds that Ukraine has made a huge leap in the development of renewable energy in the past two years, tripling its total power to 500 MW.
The EU not only advocates changes in the energy sector, but also provides financial support to encourage them. Thanks to the EU-funded SPINE programme, the city of Cherkasycompleted the first phase of renovation of an 1892 historical building to bring it in line with energy saving standards. The SPINE programme supports the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficient technologies and materials through the renovation of historic building: in fact, buildings account for 40 per cent of the energy demand in the EU, and even more in the ENPI countries.
The over €725,000 project also carried out energy audits, assessed regulations and raised energy awareness, all within the EU’s sustainable urban development programme, Cooperation in Urban Development and Dialogue (CIUDAD).
Programme stakeholders signed the SPINE Protocol at an international conference in Kyiv on Nov. 19. Thereby, they have committed to continuing their cooperation and sustaining the renovation of historical buildings and work in city centres even after the closure of the project.
In Ukraine alone, the EU has funded €150 million worth of sustainable energy projects. Energy efficiency and renewable energy also come with economic benefits: they can increase the profitability of every business. All this paves the way for a green economy worldwide, backed by the EU and including Ukraine.
The annual International Investment Business Forum on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy brings together over 2000 participants from all over Ukraine and abroad.
The Cooperation in Urban Development and Dialogue (CIUDAD) programme helps local governments in the European Neighbourhood region enhance their capacity to plan for sustainable, integrated and long-term urban development using principles of good governance.
See below some pictures featuring Walter Tretton, Head of Operations Section 3 of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, during the forum.