EBRD ˆ14 million financing makes south-western Ukrainian municipality more energy efficient
The city of Chernivtsi to improve district heating services, reduce gas consumption and switch to biomass
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) are providing a financing package of up to ˆ14 million to the western Ukrainian city of Chernivtsi aimed at improving the municipal district heating services. The project will help increase energy and cost efficiency and improve the financial sustainability of the municipal district heating utility Chernivtsiteplokomunenergo (CTE).
The financing programme to CTE, which operates 89 boiler houses and a heating /water distribution network of 100 kilometres, consists of an EBRD loan of up to ˆ7 million, which will be supported by a ˆ3 million loan from the CTF. CTE will also receive an investment grant of up to ˆ4 million from the E5P to which the European Union is the largest contributor. The proceeds will be used to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy losses and electricity consumption and improve district heating services, which CTE provides for a quarter of a million inhabitants of Chernivtsi. These objectives will be achieved due to a planned partial switch to biomass.
It is also estimated that, once implemented, the project can result in a significant, up to 30 per cent, reduction in gas consumption and of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Technical assistance, in the form of consultancy services, necessary for both the preparation and implementation of the project was provided by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The EBRD is the largest international financial investor in Ukraine. As of 15 December 2015, the Bank had a total cumulative commitment of over ˆ11.7 billion in 354 projects throughout the country. ####
The EBRD, owned by 61 countries and two intergovernmental institutions, is supporting the development of market economies and democracies in countries from Central Europe to Central Asia. Visit the EBRD’s website: www.ebrd.com
The Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P) is a ˆ180 million multi-donor fund managed by the EBRD and designed to promote energy efficiency investments in Ukraine and other eastern European countries. The fund was established under an initiative of the Swedish government during its presidency of the European Union (EU) in 2009. E5P complements energy efficiency loans provided by financial institutions including the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, KfW, the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation and the World Bank Group. Contributors to E5P are the EU and the US, as well as Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine. The $5.5 billion Clean Technology Fund (CTF) provides middle-income countries with highly concessional resources to scale up the demonstration, deployment and transfer of low-carbon technologies in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.