Case Study

08/12/13

Municipal Heating Reform

Ukraine’s economy – and particularly its heat sector – is struggling with the multiple challenges of rising gas prices, dependence on gas imported from Russia, and technical and management inefficiencies.

The Alliance worked in collaboration with IRG to address these problems in the USAID-funded Municipal Heating Reform in Ukraine Program. This multi-year (2009-2012) program helped the Government of Ukraine and local governments within the country create a financially viable and sustainable municipal heating sector able to deliver quality services to the population, public institutions, and local industries.

The Alliance’s activities under the project included:

  • Designing and launching a National Public Awareness and Communication Plan and a public awareness campaign, “Save Heat, Save Ukraine,” to educate the public and government officials about the benefits of energy efficiency;
  • Supporting the development of a legal basis and technical specification for mandatory installation of building-level meters and heat regulators;
  • Supporting the revision and amendment of legal documents for mandatory and enforceable installation of heat meters, with a mechanism for cost recovery;
  • Implementing pilot projects in several Ukrainian cities, providing training to and working with energy service providers to install heat metering systems in different types of buildings and monitor the resulting energy savings;
  • Helping to develop a legal framework for condominium associations to promote energy efficiency, and changes to the housing code;
  • Reviewing Ukraine’s building energy code and suggesting improvements; and
  • Developing curriculum materials for integration into schools and campuses with a focus on energy use in Ukraine and efficient energy use in homes and public buildings.

Read more about the Alliance's work in the municipal energy efficiency sector, through the Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency (MUNEE).