"Energy Efficiency in Ukraine – a hopeless case or getting it done?"
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?
11.00 Welcoming remarks
Stefanie Schiffer, Director of the European Exchange, Berlin
Andreas Prothmann, Special Envoy for Ukraine, Head of the Task Force Ukraine, Federal Foreign Office
11.10-14.00 Progress in the Reforms on Energy Efficiency in Ukraine?
11.10 Introductory remarks
Torsten Wöllert, Team Leader, Energy & Environment, Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA), European Commission, Brussels
Jürgen Keinhorst, Head of Division for Co-operation with Eastern European Countries, Central Asia and South Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Krzysztof Gierulski, DG Energy & Environment, Support Group for Ukraine (SGUA), European Commission, Brussels
Rebecca Harms, MEP, the Greens/EFA Group, European Parliament, Brussels
Vitaliy Stashuk, Member of the Verkhovna Rada, “People´s Front” faction, Ukraine
Sophia Lynn, Financial Sector Specialist, International Finance Corporation, Kyiv
Andrii Zheleznyi, former Leader of the National Ecological Centre of Ukraine (NECU), expert of the RPR Group on Energy Reform
Anna Ackermann, Head of Climate Department, Centre of Environmental Initiatives “Ecoaction”, Manager of the Energy Policy Reform Group, RPR, Kyiv
Svyatoslav Pavlyuk, Executive Director of the Association “Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine”
Moderator: Komila Nabiyeva, Energy Watch Group, Berlin
Working language: English
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