On November 27, the annual conference “Energy Efficiency at Enterprises: Opportunities and Solutions” was held. It was organized on the initiative of the Ministry for Development of Economy,Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine, the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation of Ukraine (SAEE), and with the support of the “Advisory services for energy efficiency in companies” (GIZ) GmbH.

The conference reviewed the activities of the “Advisory services for energy efficiency in companies” project, implemented by GIZ, commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and discussed policies to stimulate enterprises to energy efficiency, and presented the results of 60+ energy audits of industrial enterprises.

Oleksandr Chernykh, Acting State Secretary of the Economic Development and Trade Ministry of Ukraine, Director of the Department of Industrial Policy, also emphasized the opportunities and advantages of the transition to energy-efficient production: “In 2018 there were almost 44.9 thousand industrial enterprises in Ukraine. They form the basis for the development of the Ukrainian economy and account for 30% of total energy consumption. The energy intensity of the Ukrainian economy is 3-4 times higher than the corresponding EU average. However, by realizing this potential, Ukraine will be able to increase the level of competitiveness of its economy. That is why the  Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, in cooperation with the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation of Ukraine and with the support of the German Government, launched a project to conduct 60+ energy audits at Ukrainian enterprises. The purpose of this project is to demonstrate the potential of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the economic feasibility of implementing energy-efficient measures directly at industrial plants throughout Ukraine. Particular emphasis in the competitive selection was placed on the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises.

There was also a panel discussion on energy efficiency training networks.

The UNIDO / GEF UKR IEE Project Management Team participated actively in the event and the discussions.

Mr. Serhiy Porovskyy, the Expert on Energy Efficiency Financing and Policy has become one of the speakers of the event.

Mr. Serhiy Porovskyy presented the experience of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the UNIDO / GEF UKR IEE Project, which promotes an integrated approach to realizing Ukraine’s energy efficiency potential. He told about the Loan Guarantee Financial Mechanism, as well as the need for a systematic approach in enterprises, in particular, the implementation of Energy Management Systems (EnMS) in accordance with ISO 50001 (2018).