The Ukrainian cities of Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr have signed loan agreements with NEFCO to finance investments in municipal energy efficiency projects. The agreements were signed today at the Ukrainian Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Municipal Economy.
The energy efficiency projects are financed and managed under a funding Facility called DemoUkrainaDH, combining grant funding provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) with a loan from NEFCO. DemoUkrainaDH aims to implement a range of municipal district heating projects in 20 cities in Ukraine. Environment, including energy efficiency, is one of two key areas and priorities for Swedish development cooperation with Ukraine. The Eastern European Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), to which the EU, Sweden and several other major donors are fund providers, has also supported the Facility by providing consultancy services for project preparation.
The projects in Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr will focus on the renovation of boiler houses as well as the installation of individual heating substations, heat pumps and new condensation boilers. Furthermore, the district heating piping network will be replaced with new insulated pipes to minimise heat losses.
This project will be expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 1,200 tonnes per year. On top of this, the municipalities will save almost 700,000 cubic metres of gas annually and this in turn will generate savings of some EUR 214,000 per year as a result of reduced consumption of heating energy.
“We are very pleased that the projects in Vinnytsia and Zhytomyr are moving forward and we hope that this will inspire other cities to follow their example”, says Senior Adviser Johan Willert from NEFCO.