Empowering Lviv's energy-efficient district amid the challenges of war

Two tower blocks in Lviv
Apartment block in the Sykhiv district of Lviv (2022).

The IKI project "Energy-efficient district in Lviv" shows how important energy efficiency is - also to mitigate the consequences of war.

The city of Lviv in western Ukraine bears great significance for the country as a symbol of national identity. Its historical legacy and pro-European values make it a stronghold of democratic ideals, serving as a catalyst for political engagement, mobilisation and advocacy for Ukraine's sovereignty and democratic progress. In addition, Lviv holds a strategic position in Ukraine's energy landscape. With its diverse energy infrastructure and potential for renewable energy development, the city serves as a key player in advancing the nation's energy security, sustainability and transition towards cleaner and more efficient energy sources.

IKI project demonstrates advantages of increasing energy efficiency

The IKI project “Energy-efficient district in Lviv” has been making significant strides since its initiation in 2018. The aim of the project is to demonstrate the technical and economic advantages of increasing energy efficiency along the entire heat chain (heat generation, distribution and use) using the example of the Sykhiv residential area in Lviv. The project supports the Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine (Ministry for Restoration) in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda. It also supports the Lviv City Council in the process of modernising the city’s residential heating infrastructure. 

Cooperation between Energy Efficiency Fund and the Lviv City Council 

A significant project milestone was achieved with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Energy Efficiency Fund (EEF) and the Lviv City Council in November 2019. This collaboration has yielded remarkable outcomes, as evidenced by the substantial number of applications submitted to the EEF by the end of October 2022, reaching a staggering total of 76. These projects, with an estimated cost of UAH 753.4 million (approx. EUR 186 million) reflect the growing interest and commitment to energy efficiency in the region.

The project is currently providing extensive support to the Homeowners' Associations (HoAs) located in the Sykhiv district of Lviv, facilitating their participation in the EEF programme known as Energodim. This programme specifically focuses on the energy modernisation of multi-apartment buildings. Of the 32 partner HoAs involved in the project, an impressive 22 have already submitted their applications to the EEF, expressing their intent to participate in the Energodim programme. Among these, eight HoAs have already completed their construction work, while others have conversions still in progress. 

Remarkable energy savings

The impact of these energy modernisation efforts is nothing short of remarkable. The average energy savings observed for the HoAs that have undergone modernisation measures stands at an impressive 27.6%. Not only does this result in reduced energy consumption – it also leads to a significant annual reduction in CO2 emissions, amounting to a remarkable 470.7 tonnes per year. Such a substantial environmental impact serves as a testament to the efficacy and importance of the project. 

The success of the IKI project extends beyond mere energy savings and emission reductions. By showcasing the positive outcomes of energy-efficiency initiatives, the project can garner attention and interest from other regions and stakeholders. Its accomplishments have the potential to inspire a broader dialogue on sustainable development and energy conservation, prompting discussions on replicating and expanding similar projects in other parts of Ukraine and beyond. Looking to the future, the IKI project serves as a blueprint, illuminating the path towards a more sustainable and energy-conscious society. Through its collaboration with governmental bodies such as the Ministry of Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development and local authorities like the Lviv City Council, the project showcases the power of partnerships in effecting positive change. 

Crucial role of energy efficiency in mitigating effects of war 

Despite the challenges posed by the war, this project showcases the importance of energy efficiency in mitigating the negative impacts. By improving energy efficiency in the Sykhiv district, it empowers communities, reduces resource dependencies and fosters resilience amid adversity. The project's focus on sustainability contributes to long-term stability and environmental conservation even in challenging circumstances, emphasising the critical role of energy efficiency in mitigating the adverse effects of war.

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