The Sweden-Ukraine District Heating Programme (SUDH) was launched at a conference in Kyiv on 3 October 2019 in the presence of representatives of Ukrainian cities as well as top governmental officials and activists within the district heating sector of Ukraine.

Welcome speeches were given by honoured attendees of the conference. Mr Tobias Thyberg, Ambassador of Sweden to Ukraine, underlined that investments in district heating can be a powerful way of reducing the CO2 emissions. Mr Eduard Krugliak, Deputy Minister of development of communities and territories of Ukraine, thanked the Government of Sweden and NEFCO for the assistance provided to Ukraine, for example via the newly launched SUDH aimed at preservation and development of district heating as a strategic sphere of state economy. The importance of SUDH Programme launching was also supported in their welcoming remarks by Mr. Ronny Nilsson, NEFCO, and Mr. Kostiantyn Gura, Advisor of Head of State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine.

Climate action is a core political priority for Sweden. Swedish government has set up the goal to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 and to achieve negative emissions beyond that. We will have to take actions not only at home but also to help partner countries such as Ukraine, to reduce their carbon emissions. In Swedish experience, one of the most efficient and impactful ways of reducing CO2 emissions is to invest in district heating system, said Mr. Tobias Thyberg

The conference gathered management of Ukrainian municipalities and DH companies from 21 cities: Berdychiv, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Boryspil, Vyshneve, Vinnytsia, Horishni Plavni, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Korosten, Lysychansk, Lubny, Mariupol, Novovolynsk, Novohrad-Volynskyi, Poltava, Ternopil, Uman, Fastiv, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Chornomorsk, and Chuhuiv.

Among participants, there were also representatives of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine, GIZ Ukraine, USAID Energy Security Project, Covenant of Mayors, European Commission, Association “Ukrteplokomunenerho”, Association of Ukrainian cities, National Institute for Strategic Studies etc.

The speeches of SUDH team members were received with a great attention by the participants of the conference. The speeches covered: Importance of DH development in Ukraine (Ms. Julia Kosulko, Deputy team leader), Vision for Ukrainian district heating based on Swedish experience (Ms. Olga Romaniuk, Local team leader), Results of DemoUkrainaDH (Mr. Oleksii Kapustynskyi, NEFCO Expert), Vision, mission, goals, objectives, eligibility criteria and project financing of SUDH Programme (Mr. Ronny Nilsson, NEFCO Senior Advisor, Mr. Gunnar Bark, Team leader), How to participate in SUDH (Ms. Olga Romaniuk, Local team leader). Materials of the speeches are available for the download in the bottom of this page.

At the end of the conference, the panel discussion on ways of DH preservation and development in Ukraine was held. All participants agreed with the urgency of actions required for the district heating in Ukraine, being a key to sustainable development, and with the necessity of consistent state policy for the sphere in question. Quality of district heating services shall be also considered while planning the district heating development in Ukraine.

Ukrainian municipalities are now invited to proceed with the application process as explained here. The applications are welcome before 1 November 2019.

Photos from the event are available here.

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