Advisory services for energy efficiency in companies

Project description

Title: Advisory services for energy efficiency in companies
Commissioned by: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Ukraine
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine
Overall term: 2017 to 2021

Context

The energy intensity of Ukraine’s economy is three to four times higher than the EU average. The industry and trade sectors account for over 40 per cent of energy consumption. There are more than two million companies in Ukraine, most of them small and micro enterprises. In contrast to other consumers, commercial customers pay non-subsidised market rates for electricity and gas. The high energy costs are putting a strain on companies and making them less competitive.

Small and micro enterprises, in particular, have the potential to reduce their energy consumption by 30 to 50 per cent. There is very limited awareness in Ukraine of this energy-saving potential or of measures to boost energy efficiency. Companies are not yet carrying out energy-saving modernisation measures, which would both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decrease the country’s dependence on imported energy.

Objective

Energy-saving modernisation measures in Ukrainian companies lead to an exemplary reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Approach

The projects operates on three interconnected levels with the aim of initiating energy-saving modernisation measures in Ukrainian companies and implementing pilot measures with an impact on climate change:

  • Advice for companies. The project supports Ukrainian associations, energy agencies, training institutions and other service providers in setting up a services and training market for companies on the topic of energy efficiency.
  • Pilot measures in selected companies. Pilot projects demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of selected energy efficiency measures and serve as models for the countrywide dissemination of energy-saving solutions. The project provides advice on implementation.
  • Incentive structures and support schemes. The project advises selected ministries, for example the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, and downstream authorities such as the State Agency of Ukraine for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving on designing support and incentive structures in order to enhance energy efficiency in companies.

Results

The project advises around 100 companies on identifying, planning and implementing measures to improve energy efficiency. 

It has carried out energy audits for 69 companies and provided recommendations for action through which the companies can save approximately 85 gigawatt hours of energy and 17,600 tonnes of CO2 equivalent. The project provides practical energy efficiency training for companies’ specialist person-nel so that they can take measures that require little or no investment. For example, it is training around 400 employees (experts and managers) on the efficient use of interdisciplinary technologies such as lighting, compressed air, heating and steam boilers.

The project has set up three learning networks for energy efficiency, through which the companies obtain support in implementing and monitoring energy efficiency measures and can share their experi-ences. They also agree on joint energy efficiency goals. The 24 member companies belonging to two networks have signed voluntary agreements committing to save 10,500 megawatt hours of energy and reduce their CO2 emissions by 6,210 tonnes by the end of 2020. The Kiev Chamber of Commerce and Industry is receiving support in establishing the European Energy Manager (EUREM) qualification pro-gramme in Ukraine. Some 52 participants from service providers and other companies have success-fully completed the course and received the internationally recognised certificate. 

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