EU4Energy: What is it and how does it work in Ukraine?
1. What is EU4Energy?

The EU4Energy Initiative covers all support that the European Union is offering in the energy field to the six countries of the Eastern Partnership - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine.

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2. How does the Initiative work?

The EU is financing energy projects and programmes that help to improve energy efficiency and the use of renewables, reform energy markets, as well as improve energy infrastructure and connectivity between countries.

A map of all EU-funded projects in Ukraine provides an overview of the current status of programming in the country.

3. How do citizens benefit?

There are a number of positive, practical results for Ukraine. Over 270 towns across the country are part of the EU-supported Covenant of Mayors East covering more than 50% of the population. The EU is assisting them in achieving the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and adopting a joint approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Meanwhile, the EU-EBRD Сlimate Innovation Vouchers programme has funded 30 companies working to make climate technologies affordable and energy cleaner in Ukraine. Each company received a grant of up to €50,000 for the development of their business idea, coming up with cutting-edge innovations such as solar blinds, urban wind turbines, and electric delivery bikes, among others.

In addition, seventeen demonstration projects have been launched under the Covenant of Mayors banner across Ukraine. The 14,000 residents of the town of Zhovkva, for example, have benefitted from upgrades to the town’s kindergartens and district heating to be more energy efficient and use renewable energy.

And a municipal support programme (MPSF) funds a range of energy efficiency initiatives such as purchasing fleets of energy-efficient trolleybuses in cities of Kremenchuk and Poltava.

4. How does Ukraine benefit?

The EU4Energy Programme aims to improve the quality of energy data and statistics, shape regional policy-making discussions, strengthen legislative and regulatory frameworks and improve access to information in the Eastern partner countries. On the legislative side, the Energy Community Secretariat, as one implementing partner of the programme, is helping Ukraine to improve its energy infrastructure, supporting the drafting of legislation on unbundling needed for implementation of the EU’s Third Energy Package, and secondary legislation for the gas and electricity markets. The Community also provided assistance in drafting amendments to the country’s Energy Performance of Buildings Law, bringing it in line with EU legislation.

5. What opportunities are there?

Since 2018, the €100 million Energy Efficiency Fund under the EE4U is providing grants to Home Owners’ Associations to increase energy efficiency in multi-occupancy buildings in the residential sector. This programme is the largest EU energy efficiency initiative in the Eastern Partnership, introducing EU best practice and supporting Ukraine’s energy efficiency reforms.

And programmes such as the Covenant of Mayors East, and the Covenant of Mayors - Demonstration Projects offer opportunities for communities to ensure more reliable energy supply, as well as reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Additionally, you can check out the EU4Business portal to see what opportunities exist to make a business energy efficient and eco-friendly.

Moreover, if you are interested in cutting-edge research and innovation, you can see the opportunities offered under the Horizon 2020 programme.

There are also EU-supported programmes that provide funding for businesses and individuals according to specific eligibility criteria and conditions. You can refer to web site of the European Union Delegation to Ukraine or you can subscribe to the news alerts of the EU4Energy communications project and receive updates of any opportunities.