Two public buildings in the Ukrainian town of Slavutych have been retrofitted to become more energy efficient, thanks to support through the EU’s “Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects” initiative.
As a result, the town has cut down its energy consumption by 23% compared to 2014 and reduced CO2 emissions by 5%. This has attracted more investment in the area of energy efficiency, as well as leading to new energy saving initiatives.
The two buildings which were retrofitted – a kindergarten and a school – now consume 44% less energy and save almost €30,000 on heating costs each year. Children at the kindergarten and school are also benefiting from more comfortable conditions.
During the period of project implementation, local citizens learned about energy efficiency and energy saving thanks to workshops and information sessions organised by the project team.
The local authorities in Slavutych are convinced that the experience of implementing the EU project will generate more initiatives in the areas of energy saving and energy efficiency, as well as motivating other Ukrainian cities to follow their example.
Covenant of Mayors Demonstration Projects are part of the EU4Energy Initiative. EU4Energy covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the long term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector.
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