Raising energy efficiency in Ukraine

Project description

Title: Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Co-financed by: State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), Switzerland
Country: Ukraine
Lead executing agency: Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine
Overall term: 2020 to 2025


As a member of the European Energy Community, in 2011 Ukraine committed to the goal of forming a common energy market with the European Union (EU) and its neighbouring states with binding rules and principles. In 2014, Ukraine also signed an Association Agreement with the EU, thereby committing itself to introducing the standards of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), reforming the energy sector and halving energy consumption by 2030.


The regulatory frameworks for energy efficiency in Ukraine are being used to better effect.


The project advises the Ukrainian Government on legal frameworks for energy, for example in matters of thermal modernisation. It also provides training in energy management for municipal employees. At the same time the project advises partners from the state, business and civil society on how they can use Energy Community investments in their region to best effect. The project focuses on employee education and training and on raising the attractiveness of engineering and technical professions in the energy sector. The prime intention here is to provide a springboard for female employees and young people starting out on their careers.

As part of the national strategy for the thermal modernisation of buildings, a database was introduced in 2020 documenting the indicators for 13,000 public buildings in 23 regions of Ukraine. The project supports data collection as well as the preparation of new laws.

The project develops and organises training courses, webinars and online conferences. In this way, it is helping to extend the range of courses offered by the educational institutions and to enhance the skills of some 4,000 employees in the energy sector. Around 20 per cent of the employees are women.

In addition to this, the project supports 25 municipal modernisation projects aimed at reducing the energy consumption of the municipalities by at least 20 per cent.

Last update: October 2021

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