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ENERGY EFFICIENCY CERTIFICATION OF BUILDINGS BEGINS IN UKRAINE

Ukraine has started issuing energy efficiency certificates for building with defining the class of energy efficiency after an audit, the press service of the Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Ministry of Ukraine has reported. “The certificate is a necessary tool for the operation of homeowner associations and the Energy Efficiency Fund,” Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Minister Hennadiy Zubko said.
According to the press service, the energy efficiency certificate allows assessing the energy efficiency of a building and the effect of the implemented measures, and also contains recommendations on the next steps.
“Today [on September 11] we launch the energy auditors market. We have already signed a memorandum with 21 universities to create commissions for the certification of energy auditors. The second important area for us is to launch jointly with the Ministry of Education the “energy auditor” program of study in higher educational institutions. There is an agreement with [Germany’s] GIZ on conducting additional trainings for certified energy auditors not only in Ukraine, but also abroad,” Zubko added.
He also said that the ministry is waiting for the adoption of the energy efficiency bill that will create tools and regulations for more efficient energy consumption, not only in the private sector, but also in industry, aiming to reduce energy consumption in the transport and energy sectors.

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STATE AGENCY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY SEEKS TO LAUNCH ‘GREEN’ BONDS IN UKRAINE

The State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine seeks to launch the “green” bonds market in Ukraine in two years to attract financing to energy efficiency projects, Agency Head Serhiy Savchuk has said.
“Today, the market of green bonds is developing rapidly in the world. Ukraine lacks the legislation. There is “appetite” of Ukrainian and foreign investors to buy bonds. The main thing is that the principles and procedures of the “green” bonds market comply with international standards. We will implement them in our legislation. We will start the development of the “green” bond market. I think it will take two years,” Savchuk said at a press conference on Thursday.
According to him, the relevant changes are contained in the bill on the capital market and regulated markets, developed by the agency in cooperation with the National Commission for Securities and the Stock Market.
Savchuk recalled that the “green” bonds are a debt financial instrument, the proceeds from the sale of which are used to finance “green” projects.
According to the head of the energy efficiency agency, “green” bonds can be issued by corporations, international banks, the state or municipalities.

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UKRAINE AND UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AGREE TO FACILITATE IMPLEMENTATION ENERGY EFFICIENCY INVESTMENT PROJECTS

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine and the Ministry of Energy and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding on energy efficiency and renewable energy. “By cooperating, we will exchange experience and promote the implementation of joint investment projects in the field of energy efficiency, clean energy and garbage processing,” the press service of the Ukrainian agency on Saturday quoted its head, Serhiy Savchuk, as saying.
The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine says that the UAE is one of the most developed countries of the Persian Gulf, which has set the task to achieve at least 44% of “clean” energy in the country’s overall energy balance by 2050.
In addition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) whose charter Ukraine has joined is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE. What is more, the world’s largest solar park is being built near Dubai. Its projected capacity by 2020 is 1 GW, and 5 GW by 2050.

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NUMBER OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY LOANS INCREASES IN UKRAINE

Apartment building co-owners associations are demonstrating a growing interest in energy efficiency measures in 2018 compared to last year, as evidenced by the results of June, the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving has said. “More than 300 apartment building co-owners associations raised UAH 90 mln in energy efficiency loans this June, which is five times [or 80%] higher than last June. Around 90 associations received UAH 18.5 mln in energy efficiency loans then,” the state agency’s press service reported on July 8, 2018.
The agency also said that the monitoring of the program implementation has shown homeowner associations’ greater interest in getting energy efficiency loans as well as their growing trust and confidence in the mechanism of co-financing energy efficiency measures.
Some 930 homeowner associations raised UAH 260 mln in energy efficiency loans over two and a half months in 2018, which is almost twice as much as UAH 140 mln – the sum of money they received for heat insulation projects throughout 2017.
“The apartment building co-owners associations should continue preparations for the next heating season and insulate their houses with the help of energy efficiency loans,” Chairman of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency Serhiy Savchuk said and added that benefits of the loan program included the opportunities to save the costs of energy efficiency measures, reduce utility bills and increase the value of apartments in modernized buildings.

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SWITZERLAND VIA IFC TO PROVIDE $1.8 MLN TO SUPPORT ENERGY EFFICIENCY REFORMS IN UKRAINE

The International Finance Corporation (IFC, the division of the World Bank Group) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have signed an agreement to facilitate energy efficiency renovations in Ukraine’s residential sector.
According to a posting on the website of the IFC, Switzerland will provide up to $1.8 million to IFC Advisory Services to support legal reforms that will support energy-efficiency refurbishments by engaging with housing management companies on behalf of homeowners’ associations.
According to the report, the initiative represents the third and the final phase of IFC’s Residential Energy Efficiency Advisory project in Ukraine, which started in partnership with SECO in 2010.

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IFC, EU AND GERMANY TO FINANCE EUR 53 MLN FUND TO IMPROVE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN UKRAINE

Ukraine, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the European Union and Germany have signed an agreement on the establishment of a fund to improve energy efficiency in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Finance Ministry has reported on its website. “In accordance with the agreement, up to EUR 53 million of financing provided by the EU and Germany will be under the management of IFC at the initial stage,” the Finance Ministry said. The multi-donor fund with the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Fund will jointly finance energy efficiency projects in apartment buildings in Ukraine and provide expert support for the development of the market, the Finance Ministry said.
According to Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk, the project will contribute to the creation of about 75,000 new jobs for engineers, builders and workers in the energy sector.

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