On November 3, 2021, a high-level meeting “New strategy of state policy in the field of energy efficiency of Ukraine” was held.

During the meeting, a dialogue between representatives of the legislative and executive branches of government, international organizations and institutions, as well as other stakeholders took place.

The Head of the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Valery Bezus, presented the energy efficiency system in Ukraine, emphasizing its components: political and organizational, legal and financial. The most important thing is that this area should be managed systematically and comprehensively: “Ukraine faces a challenge – an urgent solution to the issue of the significant potential for energy efficiency in all sectors of the economy that has remained untapped for 30 years. Many reforms have been made, but the issue still requires consolidation of all parties, a comprehensive rather than a fragmentary approach, the reduction of barriers and leadership at the highest level of the country. It is under such conditions that energy efficiency policy will have a real effect.” Valery Bezus also noted that the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine form an energy efficiency policy, but the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving is, in fact, the only cross-sectoral authority responsible for its implementation. In addition, the importance of intensifying cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in the field of energy efficiency was emphasized: “Education and science are mandatory components of energy efficiency policy. The development of this sphere is impossible without innovations and highly qualified personnel,” Valery Bezus highlighted.

First Deputy Minister for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine, Vasyl Lozynsky presented the comprehensive policy of the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine on energy efficiency. Among the strategic goals of the Ministry in the field of energy efficiency, Vasyl Lozynsky noted:

  1. Reduction of heating costs up to 2 times;
  2. Extension of the service life of existing buildings for 25-30 years;
  3. Increase in tax revenues to state and local budgets of all levels;
  4. Creation of jobs and increase of incomes of citizens in all regions of the country;
  5. Stimulating economic growth in all regions through business development in construction and local production of energy-efficient materials and equipment.

The Director of the GIZ GmbH project “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the European Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine”, Ima Khrenova-Shymkina spoke about the project’s activities and called on government officials to promote energy efficiency in their communication and join forces for ambitious goals.

Alexey Paschenko, the National Project Coordinator of the UNIDO/GEF UKR IEE Project, presented the experience of the Project “Introduction of Energy Management System Standard in Ukrainian Industry”. He noted that industry as a sector of the economy occupies a significant share of the country’s total energy consumption – 32-33%. By increasing the energy efficiency of industrial enterprises, a reduction in production costs is achieved, which leads to increased competitiveness, energy security of the enterprise, the region and the state as a whole. Mr Paschenko stressed the importance of a systematic approach to energy efficiency: “ISO 50001 energy management systems allow to apply a systematic approach to energy efficiency at all stages of project implementation: from the stage of problem identification to the stage of monitoring and verification of results. The effect of the introduction of such a system can reach from 3% to 20% of energy savings. Ukraine already has standards, methodology and trained professional experts – thus there are all opportunities for the introduction of energy management systems. It is important that there is the political will to put these changes into practice.”

Mykola Tyshchenko, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Chairman of the Inter-Factional Deputy Association “Energy Efficient Ukraine” recalled that recently the President of Ukraine drew attention to the need for an energy saving program, and stressed: “There are plenty opportunities for filling the Ukrainian budget and reducing costs hidden in energy efficiency. We urgently need to launch a process of the real change in this area.”