Is Ukraine ready to reduce its energy consumption?

EU Sustainable Energy Week in Ukrainian to break out in Lviv on June 23rd


????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????On June 23-28 Ukraine will join the whole-European initiative – the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). For the fourth year in a row the EU Delegation to Ukraine, together with its international and Ukrainian partners, invites citizens to attend the EUSEW events in different cities across Ukraine in order to learn how each of us can reduce energy consumption in everyday life. Bright outdoor activities promoting energy efficient lifestyle, as well as conferences and experience sharing will be hosted by numerous NGOs, state institutions, business, international organisations and other stakeholders.

The EUSEW will be solemnly opened in Lviv on June 23 at 10.00 near the Lviv city administration by Jan Tombiński, Ambassador, Head of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Andriy Sadovy, the Lviv city Mayor,Andrii Bilousov, Deputy Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities infrastructure of Ukraineas well as other officials. The opening will be followed by the bright flash mob ‘Energy to Ukraine’ with 100 students forming the map of Ukraine. Visitors of the EUSEW events in Lviv will have an opportunity to learn how to construct a solar collector from the materials at hand, to watch movies by spinning the pedals of the electric engine, visit the outdoor exhibition of energy efficient and renewable energy equipment etc. Children are welcome to participate in games and quests demonstrating the opportunities of renewable energy usage in everyday life. A number of conferences and round tables will gather in Lviv stakeholders from all over Ukraine. The events in Lviv are organized by the Lviv city council, Association ‘Energy Efficient cities’, Covenant of Mayors in partnership with the EU Delegation to Ukraine.

As the countrywide event, the EUSEW will as well include various activities, seminars, exhibitions, press-tours and workshops on energy efficiency and the wider use of renewable energy sources across Ukraine in Vinnytsya, Odesa, Rivne, Kharkiv, Kyiv, Kuznetsovsk etc. Its organisers aim at attracting attention of the general public’s on how to use energy without harming the environment and to find the answer to the question if Ukrainians are ready to consume less energy?

Media are warmly invited to attend the EUSEW across Ukraine, as well as the opening of EUSEW in Lviv on June 23rd at 10.00 and the press conference at 11.30 to be held at the square near the Lviv city administration.

Energy efficiency is becoming an especially important challenge for Ukraine. The country today is using three times more energy per person as the average EU-member state. Experts predict that energy saving technologies can help Ukraine to reduce its energy consumption up to 40%. In an attempt to help Ukraine in this ambitious plan the EU is supporting the country through numerous programs. Namely, the EU donated € 46.6 million is to intensify the state programs on energy efficiency, through the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership Fund (E5) it is donating Ukraine €240 million to modernize municipal heating supplies in the cities, and the EU initiative Covenant of Mayors now being signed by 71 Ukrainian cities is consulting mayors on how to reduce energy consumption. The EBRD is already giving credits for improving energy efficiency of municipal buildings, while the EU-financed CBA program for more than 7 years of its implementation supported 275 communities of small Ukrainian cities and villages with $3.65 million to improve energy efficiency of local schools, hospitals, kindergartens etc.

EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) is an initiative of the European Commission that first took place in 2006 with hundreds of participants each year. It is part of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign, which aims to achieve the EU’s energy policy targets within the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Through bottom-up efforts organizers will connect directly with citizens and energy stakeholders to explain through different activities, events and campaigns what sustainable energy and energy efficiency is. In 2011 Ukraine joined the EU Sustainable Energy Week for the first time.

For more information about the EUSEW events across Ukraine please visithttp://eusew-ukraine.com/