The XVI Ukrainian Municipal Forum is held in Odessa on July 27-29.

This traditional annual event, organized by the Association of Ukrainian Cities, is a platform for discussion and development of a common position of government bodies and the Association of Ukrainian Cities on the development of local self-government, improvement of the legal framework, decentralization, open governance, support of the economic development of communities, energy conservation, housing and communal services reform, etc.

The Forum brought together more than 500 participants: community chairmen, deputies of local councils, representatives of central government bodies, parliamentarians, experts, foreign partners.

The second day of the forum, July 28, was declared the Energy Efficiency Day and was held under the slogan “From Energy Efficiency to a European Green Deal”. Energy Efficiency Day was held with the support of the project “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine”, which is being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German government.

The discussion of the issues of the Energy Efficiency Day took place at thematic panel discussions held in a mixed offline and online format. The speeches and discussions were held within the following thematic panels:

  • Energy efficiency – the future is today
  • Large-scale thermal modernization of the country
  • Energy management: the practice of implementing a systematic approach
  • Energy efficiency networks – an innovative tool for green development
  • Modern competencies in energy efficiency for modern communities
  • Country support in the field of energy efficiency

 

Torsten Wollert, Minister Counselor of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, who also attended the Forum, noted that the fight against climate change is intensifying across Europe, and it is also significantly affected by energy consumption.

“Not only the European Commission, but also the EU member states offer Ukraine a wide range of support measures and I hope that this assistance will be extended in the coming years. This will allow us to better adapt to climate change and respond to it in a systematic way,” Torsten Wollert concluded.

 

According to Yulia Pidkomorna, Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine, like the entire developed world, Ukraine has chosen the path of a clean energy efficient low-carbon economy.

“I am convinced that energy efficiency is a universal way of developing and decarbonizing the economy, and therefore increasing its competitiveness and the well-being of citizens in general,” Yulia Pidkomorna emphasized.

 

Ima Khrenova-Shymkina, director of the GIZ project “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine”, noted that in Europe energy efficiency is recognized as an additional resource of green energy.

“Ukraine has joined the European Green Deal. All European initiatives are important for us and for our country energy efficiency is equal to energy independence,” added Ima Khrenova-Shimkina.

Evgenij Inshekov, National Training Coordinator and Expert on Standardisation of the UNIDO / GEF UKR IEE Project, also participated in the forum.

The program of the forum and presentations of speakers can be viewed on the website of the Association of Ukrainian Cities at the following link.

The full video of the Energy Efficiency Day is available at the following link.