Removing Barriers to Increase Investment in Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in Ukraine through the ESCO Modality in Small- and Medium-Sized Cities

Project summary

This initiative aims to curtail greenhouse gas emissions by fostering a conducive legal, regulatory, and market environment. By strengthening institutional, administrative, and technical capacities, we intend to champion energy efficiency measures across public facilities— ranging from hospitals and schools to government buildings, higher education institutions, kindergartens, and more. Our strategy harnesses the efficiency of the ESCO model, which specializes in offering a vast spectrum of energy solutions. This encompasses designing and executing energy-saving projects, retrofitting, energy conservation, energy infrastructure outsourcing, power generation, energy supply, and even risk management.

Project goals

  • GHG Mitigation: Achieve a direct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, targeting 8,893 tons of CO2.
  • Energy Conservation: Save 2,346 MWh of thermal energy and 268 MWh of electrical energy by the conclusion of the project.
  • Financial Mechanism: Attract an expected investment of $21 million from ESCOs towards enhancing energy efficiency in public buildings under EPC contracts.
  • Job Creation: Generate approximately 3,000 green jobs in the realm of building energy efficiency.

Expected results

  1. Enhanced Framework: Establishment of a streamlined and comprehensive legal and regulatory framework that champions energy efficiency in public buildings. This will be further bolstered by strengthening both monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.
  2. Financing and Capacity Building: Adoption of an Innovative Financing Mechanism, paired with capacity development for ESCOs. This will galvanize investment in Energy Efficiency for public buildings.
  3. Demonstrative Pilots: Execution of pilot projects within select public buildings to showcase the tangible energy and cost-saving benefits of novel energy-efficient measures.
  4. Energy Management Solutions Development: Laying the institutional groundwork to foster energy efficiency in public buildings and to roll out a nationwide Energy Information Management System (EMIS).

Project Implementation:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ukraine is proudly spearheading this project, with generous financial backing from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).

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