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Energy efficiency modernization implemented in eastern Ukraine improves learning environment


29.09.2021

The energy efficiency modernization funded in the town of Ternivka has significantly improved the learning environment for local schoolchildren.

Ternivka is a small town in the Dnipropetrovsk region in eastern Ukraine. Most of the inhabitants are employed by the local coal industry. The city is close to the zone of military conflict and some 1,770 residents today are internally displaced. Nefco started to cooperate with the city of Ternivka in 2018, due to an urgent need to renovate its public buildings.

The main objective of the project was to implement energy efficiency measures in one of the educational buildings of school No.7 – Ternivka City Council – Specialized School I-III. The school building was completed over 30 years ago and the last partial renovation was carried out in 2011. Obsolete heating and ventilation systems, lack of insulation and old wooden windows have resulted in extremely low temperatures, high humidity and dim lighting in classrooms. These learning conditions fell well short of the requirements and made it literally impossible for children to study in school.

“Before the renovation, classroom temperatures would sometimes drop to 9 – 13 during the winter months. Thanks to the energy efficiency measures implemented, we have now standardized indoor temperatures, at around 22 ℃. We are very grateful to Nefco, both for their financial support and for their technical assistance that we received throughout the project. The renovation will translate into real savings for the city and extend the life of the building ”, commented Volodymyr Ilchyshyn, head of the education department at the town hall of Ternivka.

The total funding for the project is approx. 560,000 EUR (approx. 18 million UAH), of which approx. EUR 375,000 (approx. UAH 12 million) was a loan financed through the Energy Saving Credit Facility, and approx. EUR 180,000 (approximately UAH 6 million) was a grant funded by the Nordic Initiative for Energy Efficiency and Humanitarian Aid program in Ukraine.

The energy efficiency measures implemented will help reduce energy consumption as well as save costs for the city. The measures will result in annual heat savings of approximately 1,280 MWh, or an energy saving of 80% compared to the situation before the renovations. The annual cost savings are estimated to be over 60,000 EUR (approximately 2 million UAH).

“It is very important to support the modernization of public buildings in eastern Ukraine, as this contributes to general development and decentralization, while strengthening the city’s capacity to provide services. The contribution of blended finance to cities like Ternivka, which have limited financial resources, enables the city to fully implement the necessary energy efficiency measures and supports the city at all stages of the implementation of the project. A successful implementation was possible thanks to the active engagement of all project stakeholders involved. Together, we continue to support Ukrainian municipalities and cities towards a green transition, ”said Julia Shevchuk, Chief Investment Advisor at Nefco’s representative office in Ukraine.

About the Nordic Initiative for Energy Efficiency and Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine (NIU)

Nordic foreign ministers decided in 2014, on the initiative of Norway, to launch a grant-funded program for urgently needed investments in eastern Ukraine. The focus was initially on fully grant-funded projects in the five regions closest to the conflict zone. Since then the Nordic Initiative for Energy Efficiency and Humanitarian Aid in Ukraine (NIU) program funded 41 urgent renovation projects of public buildings and public lighting systems in 29 cities, 32 of which have already been implemented. Learn more about the NIU program.

About the Energy Saving Credit Facility (ESC)

The Energy Saving Credit Facility provides small-scale financing to municipalities in Armenia, Republic of Moldova, Russia and Ukraine for investments in social amenities such as day care centers, schools, hospitals and street lighting. The funding can be used for energy saving measures linked to the renovation of public buildings and the modernization of public lighting. In Ukraine, 73 projects in 56 cities have received funding through the CES Facility, of which 54 have been implemented since 2012.

Photo: School n ° 7 in Ternivka – Ramboll for Nefco

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NEFCO – Nordic environmental finance company published this content on September 29, 2021 and is solely responsible for the information it contains. Distributed by Public, unedited and unmodified, on September 29, 2021 09:41:05 AM UTC.


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