The EU Delegation to Ukraine, together with international and Ukrainian partners, invites citizens to take part in EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), an initiative of the European Union aimed at promoting activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. The EUSEW will be held across Ukraine June 22-30.
This year Ukraine will celebrate EUSEW for the third time and Zhytomyr has been selected as the host of the opening ceremony, which will be held at Gagarin Park in Zhytomyr on June 24; members of the Zhytomyr city administration and representatives of EU Delegation to Ukraine will attend.
The EUSEW also includes numerous outdoor activities, thematic exhibitions, workshops and presentations to focus the public’s attention on how to use energy without harming the environment. Visitors at the EUSEW opening day events will have the chance to see a motor rally of cars running only on biofuel, can learn how to construct a solar collector, and decorate eco-friendly bags. Children are also welcome to participate in a drawing competition, games and quests. The EUSEW opening day will culminate in a concert of popular local bands.
In addition to these entertaining activities, the EUSEW programme in Zhytomyr will include a seminar dedicated to attracting funding for energy efficiency projects in municipalities. Attendees will include representatives of Ukrainian state authorities, European embassies, international donors and mayors of Ukrainian cities where international energy efficiency projects are being implemented.
Being a countrywide event, many EUSEW activities, seminars, exhibitions, press-tours and workshops will be conducted in other Ukrainian cities, including Ivano-Frankivsk, Mykolayiv, Kirovohrad, Kharkiv, Poltava, Luhansk, Yaremche and Hola Prystan.
The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is an initiative of the European Union designed to spread best practices, inspire new ideas and build alliances to move toward the efficient use of clean energy. The initiative’s goal is to form a bigger picture out of multiple individual efforts and to motivate change through a varied programme of events.
The Week took place for the first time in 2006, and is part of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, which aims to achieve the EU’s energy policy targets in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Ukraine participated in EUSEW for the first time in 2011. Between April 11 and 15, the cities of Kyiv, Lviv, Poltava and Kovel hosted events to promote renewable energy.
In 2012, EUSEW took place within the month-long EuropeanVillage in Kyiv, under the Arch of Friendship.