June has been an eventful month for reforms in the energy sector in Ukraine. The Ukrainian government approved laws on the Energy Efficiency Fund, commercial accounting of utilities, and energy efficiency of buildings, and a law on the electricity market has been signed. Ukraine also celebrated a sustainable energy week, and a number of Ukrainian cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors: an EU initiative aimed at counteracting climate change. Read more
Is the environmental situation of the Black Sea bad? What are the biggest pollutants? How can the situation be improved? Read more
EU allocated €4.5 million to support to cities of the EaP countries, which are signatories to the Covenant of Mayors. This is the budget of the second phase of the EU Covenant of Mayors East project until 2020.
Now that Ukraine has abandoned its wasteful budget mechanism for energy, Ukrainians are more motivated than ever to reduce their energy consumption. Grants, concessional loans, and small measures taken at home and at the office will help Ukrainians withstand the new energy tariffs. Read more
April 26, 1986, the biggest ever world’s nuclear disaster befallen at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant. The radioactive cloud covered the neighbouring territories in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and many other European countries. Ukraine currently estimates 2.5 million people affected by Chornobyl disaster, of which 105 000 became disabled. Dozens of thousands of people died as a result of exposure. The European Union greatly supports Ukraine in overcoming the consequences of the disaster. It becomes a topic of a conversation with Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. Read more
Deteriorating relations with Russia, a traditional gas monopolist, has propelled Ukraine to reduce its gas imports through increased reliance on domestic production and belt-tightening. Read more