The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine signed a €300 million loan to improve the energy efficiency of some 1 000 public-owned buildings, including schools, cultural centres, kindergartens and hospitals. The loan was signed during the 22nd EU-Ukraine Summit to help the country limit the economic impact of COVID-19 by stimulating faster economic and social growth after the pandemic.
This is stated by the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine.
In its role as the EU’s climate bank, the EIB will support Ukraine in implementing an ambitious energy efficiency programme. It will extend the operational life of key social, healthcare, administrative and cultural buildings by at least 20 years and reduce CO2 emissions by 1 250 000 tones.
The loan will benefit a large number of small and medium-sized municipalities in Ukraine that have lacked the support and sustainable funding to carry out the necessary renovations. The loan will enable the installation of modern equipment in buildings, such as meters and energy consumption control systems, the modernisation of heating, ventilation and lighting systems, and upgrades to exterior surfaces (facades, roofs, slab insulation, basement ceilings, replacement of windows and doors). The Ukrainian healthcare sector will directly benefit from upgrades, with new cooling systems and the integration of renewable energy sources and other COVID-19 response measures.
EIB Vice-President Teresa Czerwińska said: “As the EU’s climate bank, we are very pleased to be supporting the increased energy efficiency of public buildings and Ukraine’s greater energy independence. Projects like this one improve quality of life, protect the environment and significantly reduce building operating costs, making Ukraine an even better place to live and do business. With some 2.5 million people benefiting from the loan thanks to energy-efficient schools, hospitals, cultural centres and administrative buildings, as well as reduced energy costs, this investment will also contribute towards a climate neutral Europe, which is something the whole world will benefit from.”
The Ukraine Public Buildings Energy Efficiency project was prepared with the support of a €150 000 donation from the Eastern Partnership Technical Assistance Trust Fund (EPTATF) awarded in June 2020. The project is also expected to be further financed by substantial grant contributions from the E5P and the EU.