On February 27, 2017, the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association in cooperation with its partners, Centre for Global Studies Strategy XXI (Kyiv), and the Association of Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine (Lviv) organizes with support of the USAID the event Promoting energy efficiency in Ukraine: the best practices from Slovakia. The aim of this event is, first, to share Slovak experience with Ukrainian partners in the field of improving energy efficiency and the use of renewables, including the best practices on the municipal level, second, to explore financial opportunities for funding energy efficiency projects in Ukraine, and third, to present successful projects/solutions from Slovakia.
On February 27, 2017, the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and the Centre for Global Studies: Strategy XXI organized an event on successful energy efficiency projects in Slovakia, Promoting Energy Efficiency in Ukraine: best practices from Slovakia, in cooperation with the Association of Energy Efficient Cities in Ukraine and with the support of the USAID.
The overall goal was to share Slovak experiences with Ukrainian partners in improving energy efficiency and the use of renewables, including best practices on the municipal level, and to explore financial opportunities for funding energy efficiency projects in Ukraine, accompanied by presentations on successful projects from Slovakia. The added value that Slovakia bring to this field is the fact that these countries, along with their cities and municipalities, have faced similar problems to those of Ukraine in the very recent past. In several cases V4 countries have used new and modern technologies from the West and have succeeded in adapting them to their old post-socialist infrastructure, such as centralized heating systems. Such experience can certainly be made use of in Ukraine as well.
The event was launched by Alexander Duleba, Director of the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, who highlighted the importance of the topic, presented briefly our project and goals and welcomed all the participants. He emphasized that the aim was to share with Ukraine Slovakia’s experiences of energy efficiency improvement on the municipal level and to present key projects implemented in cities and towns by Slovak companies which could be repeated in Ukraine using the financial opportunities (investments and grants) available from international and national donors. He challenged state authorities to accelerate the legislative process so municipalities and communities can implement the energy efficiency measures according to need and challenge. The second problem he highlighted is related to the lack of financial support because of high interest rates.
This was followed by welcome speeches by leaders from Dnipropetrovsk Regional State Administration and Regional Council, Valentyn Renichenko and Glib Prigunov. The event was also addressed by the ambassador of Slovakia to Ukraine, who highlighted the importance of Ukraine in Slovakia’s foreign policy and intentions to support project in energy efficiency in the future.
The introductory remarks had three-fold dimension. First, our aim was to present the academic overview and background of the topic in Ukraine and ask for the short description of the situation and potential Yuliia Shyshko, Assistant Professor, Industrial Heat-Power Engineering Dpt., National Metallurgy Academy of Ukraine, Dnipro. Roman Maretsky as representative of state, from the SAEE, delivered a speech that gave a broad overview of drafting laws, programs, projects and future plans in the topic of promoting energy efficiency in Ukraine. Thirdly we invited respected Slovak expert and current member of the Strategic Advisory Group for Support Ukrainian Reforms Karel Hirman to provide not only his view on current situation and solutions, but also be part of the productive discussion on the very logic and mind set of the Ukrainian society in the (and not only) field of energy efficiency (as well as very basic set of rules being very often omitted by officials as well as public at large – such as owners rights as well as responsibilities).
The panel presenting the energy efficiency topic in Slovakia began with the presentation of Artur Bobovnický, Director of the Innovation and International Cooperation Directorate, Slovak Innovative and Energy Agency. He focused on tools supporting EE measures and concrete projects implemented in Slovakia.
Zuzana Sternová, Director of the Building Testing and Research Institute in Bratislava, spoke about issuing certifications for buildings and the process of thermo-modernization. Slovakia introduced systematic and regular monitoring and modernization of public buildings and housing, starting with the directive on the energy performance of buildings. The Building Testing and Research Institute implemented a large scale assessment of residential and public buildings and has one of the largest databases providing up-to-date information on these buildings. It also helped to develop up-to-date statutory guidelines for construction work and the subsequent modernization of existing stock.
Energy manager of small town of Trnava in Slovakia, Matúš Škvarka, presented his work, his goals, their implementation and financial options for the cities to run own projects – living by example – supporting and promoting the EE measures and use of renewables (and new technologies) in city businesses and public places and thus motivate also citizens to behave responsibly.
The next panel was devoted to financial opportunities and how to finance energy efficiency measures. The panel was chaired by Andriy Kyrchiv and panelists gave presentations on the financial mechanisms available for energy efficiency projects. We have speakers representing the EU Johannes Baur, Head of Operations Section, Energy, Transport and Environment, Delegation of the EU to Ukraine, UNDP Sergei Volkov, NEFCO Julia Shevchuk, as well as Covenant of Mayors’ Oksana Kysil.
The last panel focused of presentation of Slovak companies in the field of district heating projects, waste to energy projects and energy efficiency projects of water management companies.
Radoslav Kňazúr, Sales Manager with Datatherm, s.r.o. from Teplička nad Váhom gave a presentation on his company’s experiences of local biomass fuels in Slovakia. The company provides comprehensive solutions from consultation to the construction and maintenance of buildings run on local biomass. These involve heat only or combined heat and electricity production with flexible use of the available resources, for instance due to seasonality.
Peter Šiška, Commercial Director at Engul s.r.o. in Martin presented the company’s main portfolio and cogeneration projects. Engul has developed different solutions that use a prime energy source and are equipped with low, medium or high performance engines or need hot water at a special temperature. The company also specializes in producing heat from mineral oil, hot air, cold air and CO2. Another area it deals with is municipal solid waste and the production of varying qualities of biogas for cogeneration.
The Steinzeug Keramo from Košice was represented by their Ukrainian partner Oleg Tupytsin. He stressed that, along with energy efficiency, the security of the environment is very important. The company produces ceramic drain pipelines, one of the most effective and long-term solutions, whilst maintaining high environmental standards. It provides solutions for communal waste management using the above products, ensures systems are eco-friendly, that the work is consistent and there is a return on investment. By installing ceramic pipelines, cities can rely on the communal system needing repaired only one in almost 100 years of operation.
The panel session was followed by a number of questions from the delegates, which it is hoped will result in new initiatives and common projects.
The director of the RC SFPA – Alexander Duleba – delivered the concluding remarks and summarized the outcomes of the event and called for dialog and the exchange of experiences between interested parties.
The event as such was received positively in Dnipro and was attended by around 125 people from various cities and municipalities, universities, state/regional/city institutions, academia, businesses and expert public.
The conference as well as project was promoted through the website of the project – www.eeV4ukraine.org as well as website of the RC SFPA – www.sfpa.sk and its Ukrainian main partner Centre for Global Studies “Strategy XXI” and RC SFPA facebook and twitter accounts