Partnerships for Clean Energy Project
The goal of the initiative is to promote energy saving and CO2 reduction in Dnipropetrovsk oblast. The project aims to build the capacities of local government and business to design, evaluate, implement and measure community-driven energy efficiency and CO2 emissions reduction strategies and projects. The Partnership for Cleaner Energy project is being implemented by EEF in partnership with the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council and the Dnipropetrovsk Oblast State Administration with funding form USAID and DTEK.
• After three years in operation, 25 pilot projects have been implemented in towns and villages of the oblast. These projects, which are implemented on state-owned infrastructure, are aimed to demonstrate the benefits from using energy efficiency technologies, which in turn help to save money for local treasuries.
• The latest energy efficiency technologies installed in kindergartens, schools, hospitals and libraries have since become commonplace and part of everyday life for more than 310,000 residents of Dnipropetrovsk oblast. These people now enjoy modern street lighting, and children feel comfortably warm in the renovated kindergartens of their villages and towns.
• This year due to the technologies used in the communities of Volodymyrivka, Ordzhonikidze, Buzivka, Loshkarivka, Shevchenkivske, Ternivka, Pershotravensk, Pavlohrad and Verkhniodniprovsk, newly installed equipment and/or technologies will help to produce hot water supply and heating with the help of biomass, provide energy efficiency street lighting using solar energy and have other energy-saving benefits.
• Solar and biomass energy, LED and other energy-efficient technologies now solve social and environmental problems and help save money for local budgets. In addition, carbon emissions at the 25 project sites have been reduced by more than 60%.
• More than 5,000 people attended two annual Energoprom national expositions, which aim to promote modern energy-efficiency technologies and help establish cooperation between local authorities, businesses, and other potential energy users and producers of energy efficiency technologies.
o More than 550 local authorities and businesses responsible for helping champion the introduction of energy-efficiency measures attended training seminars on how to implement energy-saving projects, how to use funding mechanisms for carbon capture initiatives and how to attract funding for energy efficiency pilot projects.
o Recommendations developed within the projects were incorporated into the official Dnipropetrovsk oblast development strategy (except general measures to increase energy efficiency) and the strategy now includes a description of real projects, budgets and proposed technical solutions.
• An important component of the project was raising awareness among the general public. Three waves of outdoor advertising, TV and radio spots, competitions for journalists and press tours conducted during all three years of the project constantly attracted the attention of Dnipropetrovsk oblast residents, reminding them about the simple and important steps that they can take every day to reduce their negative impact on the environment, plus it highlighted the best local models.
The Partnership for Energy Efficiency of Zelenodolsk
EEF and the Zelenodolsk City Council worked to create a model of energy efficiency in this city of more than 15,000. The steps to increase energy efficiency included putting into place an energy management system, modernizing the municipal heating supply and raising awareness on energy-saving measures
The project was funded by the European Union (UAH 2 mln). In addition, approximately UAH 200,000 was contributed by Ukrainian company DTEK DTEK, which has previously partnered with EEF to support energy efficiency projects throughout Ukraine. Zelenodolsk City Council and Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Council provided UAH 550,000 for the project.
• EEF conducted an energy audit of 12 communal infrastructure buildings (kindergartens, schools, the hospital, the cultural center and the library) and did a strategic review of the costs to cover energy consumption by the city’s budget-funded infrastructure.
• A review of the municipal heating supply system was conducted and recommendations were provided to Zelenodolsk City Council. Recommendations that were developed by an expert team were incorporated into the “Energy Saving in Zelenodolsk for 2013–2016” program.
• Automatic energy-monitoring software was installed at the city heat exchange station.
• The project was also accompanied by an information campaign to promote individual heat control among city households. Students and teachers from the Apostol District Lyceum became active participants in the project. A young team was involved in conducting energy audits, while special promotional groups promoted the importance of energy-saving measures during theater performances.
• In addition, more than 500 meters of the city’s heating mainline was replaced.