Reforming the energy sector is one of the main challenges of post-Maidan Ukraine. For many years, Ukraine has been struggling with its Soviet industrial and energy-intensive heritage, remaining to this day one of the least energy-efficient countries in Europe. However, since the Euromaidan revolution, the country has embarked on a series of ambitious reforms. This year alone, the Verkhovna Rada has passed several crucial laws setting European standards for electricity market, energy performance of buildings, financing energy efficiency renovations in the residential sector, as well as metering of heating and water in buildings, amongst others. Civil society has been actively involved in the process of reforms: monitoring, analyzing and initiating crucial state policies. Furthermore, many Ukrainian cities have shown recently that a sustainable energy policy can also be realized at the local level, providing visible economic and environmental benefits to everyone. However, energy wasting and corruption are not out of the picture, and populists are trying to take advantage of high energy tariffs. What are the main challenges and opportunities in this energy reform process? Which role international partners and civil society actors play in the transformation of the energy sector of Ukraine? What needs to be done for Ukraine to succeed in its energy transition?
Round table discussion "Energy Efficiency in Ukraine – a hopeless case or getting it done?"
15 December 2017, 11:00-14:00,Berlin
On behalf of the EECU Svyatoslav Pavlyuk Executive Director will take part in the meeting.