High-level event at the Ministry of Finance

Yesterday, an important event took place within the Power Up! project – a high-level meeting between the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Serhii Marchenko and the management of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

We remind that as part of the Power Up! project implemented by East Europe Foundation, energy efficiency measures are underway in three administrative buildings in Kyiv, including the building of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine.

In 2022, an energy audit of the Ministry of Finance building was performed, which showed an opportunity to reduce the cost of heating by 20%, which could ultimately save up to UAH 1.3 million per year. Based on the audit results, an action plan was developed to improve the energy efficiency of the state building.

“The implementation of energy efficiency projects stands as a critical pillar in preserving the stability of Ukraine’s economy and energy sector amidst the challenges of a full-scale war. Collaborating with GIZ represents a significant driving force in transitioning towards enhanced environmental standards for energy consumption and electricity generation. Thanks to the support provided, the Ministry of Finance is able to use energy resources more efficiently in the face of the constant threat of Russian attacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine”, said Serhii Marchenko, Minister of Finance of Ukraine.

On November 22, 2023, we presented to our partners a pilot energy modernization project being implemented within the Ministry and gave a short tour of the building to demonstrate the first results of the work performed.

To date, about 50% of the windows have been installed, design documentation for the solar power plant has been prepared, and design documentation for the reconstruction of two individual heating units, modernization of the heating system, replacement of lamps, and implementation of an automatic energy monitoring system has been prepared.

The donor organization was represented at the event by Tilman Nagel, Director of the Division Germany, Europe, South Caucasus, GIZ GmbH, Robert Kuenne, Clustercoordinator Energy & Climate GIZ Ukraine.

“We congratulate Ukraine on receiving the green light for EU membership, which signifies a shared commitment to the values of sustainable development and opens the door to expanded cooperation, including in the energy and climate spheres. Germany will continue to support Ukraine’s efforts in its resilience, recovery and reconstruction through the broad portfolio of GIZ projects in Ukraine”, said Tilman Nagel.

Ima Khrenova-Shymkina, Project Director of Promoting Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine, (GIZ) GmbH, was also present at the event:

“We recognize that the achievements we’ve attained are a testament to the rigorous collaboration forged under exceptionally challenging circumstances, and we hold the work of Ukrainian institutions in high regard. Our project, “Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine”, remains unwavering in its commitment to support Ukraine in its journey towards EU integration. This support extends across all levels, encompassing the national, municipal, educational, and business spheres”.

In general, under the project, the following measures will be implemented in the building of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine:

  •     Modernization and customization of two individual heating units
  •     Modernization of the heating system, thermal insulation of pipelines
  •     Implementation of an automated energy monitoring system
  •     Installation of a solar power plant
  •     Modernization of the outdoor lighting system
  •     Energy-efficient repair of window elements

“It is a great honor for the Foundation to be the implementer of such a large-scale and extremely important project. Our team has extensive experience in implementing energy efficiency measures, so we are now using all the knowledge and skills we have gained over the years to achieve significant results in a fairly short time. After all, the project ends in February, 2024. Today we were able to demonstrate the first results to our partners and donors. But the work does not stop even for a moment”, said Vira Nedzvedska, Program Manager at East Europe Foundation.

It is expected that the project will save 21% of heat energy in the ministry and 13% of electricity (among other things, the annual electricity generation of the Sanitary and Epidemiological Station will be 67.4 MWh). The projected reduction in CO₂ emissions is 119.3 tons per year.

We are happy to be a part of the changes and help the state become more innovative and effective. We are incredibly grateful to our reliable partners for their trust and support along the way. Let’s move together only forward!

The Power Up! project is implemented by East Europe Foundation with the support of the program Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Ukraine implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany and co-financed by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).