Energy efficiency

State of compliance

Ukraine started drafting the Law on energy efficiency in July 2015 based on a draft provided by the Energy Community Secretariat. After many rounds of consultations with Ukrainian stakeholders and continuous support of the Secretariat, in May 2018, the Secretariat was informed that the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving (SAEE) sent the consolidated draft Law to the Ministry of Regional Development, Building, Housing and Utilities. The Ministry is the body officially responsible for steering the Law through inter-ministerial consultations, which are reported to be on going.

  • Energy Efficiency Directive

    Energy Efficiency Directive

    Ukraine’s legal framework currently consists of a Law on Energy Conservation from 2004. It has not transposed the Energy Services Directive nor the Energy Efficiency Directive to date.

    A Law on Commercial Metering of Heat Power and Water Supply aiming to transpose provisions of Articles 9, 10 and 11 of Directive 2012/27/EU was adopted by the Parliament in June 2017. Article 14 of Directive 2012/27/EU is being transposed through amendments to the Law on co-generation, which is currently being debated in the Parliament.

    The work on the transposition of the Energy Efficiency Directive continues, but Ukraine missed the reporting deadlines foreseen by the Directive, as follows:  30 March 2017 for Article 4, 1 January 2017 for Article 5, 15 March 2017 for Article 7, and 30 June 2017 for Article 24 (1). Nevertheless, on 3 March 2018, SAEE sent to the Secretariat the first Annual Report, in line with Article 24 (1), which shows progress towards achieving the 2020 EEAP target.

  • NEEAPs and targets

    NEEAPs and targets

    Ukraine, having joined the Energy Community in October 2011, has adopted the EEAP for 2015 - 2020 in 2015 setting the energy savings target for 2020, which gave it a different timeline than the Western Balkan Contacting Parties. The overall energy efficiency target for 2020 was set by SAEE, but not yet confirmed by the Government.

    The next EEAP, in line with the Energy Efficiency Directive, would have to be prepared before April 2019 in order for Ukraine to be aligned with the other Contracting Parties and the requirement of the Energy Efficiency Directive

  • ESCO market development and financing

    ESCO market development and financing

    In 2017, a Law amending the legislation on energy services procurement that is very relevant for ESCO projects was adopted by the Parliament. The Law aims to provide an effective mechanism for ESCO procurement under the Law of Ukraine "On public procurement", which specifies provisions of the Law "On introduction of new investment opportunities, guaranteeing the rights and legal interests of business entities for thermo-modernization" in order to support the development of an ESCO market in Ukraine.

    The “Law on Energy Efficiency Fund” to support energy efficiency measures in the residential sector was adopted by the Parliament in 2017. By-laws for its implementation are being developed by the Ministry of Regional Development, Building, Housing and Utilities.

  • Energy efficiency in buildings

    Energy efficiency in buildings

    The Law transposing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive was adopted in 2017, and since then, nine of the fourteen by-laws needed for its implementation were adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers in March to July 2018. The remaining five by-laws are undergoing an inter-ministerial consultation process. Full implementation will be achieved only once the remaining five by-laws will be adopted.

  • Energy efficient products - labelling

    Energy efficient products - labelling

    In addition to the technical regulations adopted in 2017 on vacuum cleaners and on household tumble driers, Ukraine adopted in 2018 the Technical Regulation on energy labelling of household ovens and range hoods. The Regulation on water heaters and storage tanks is prepared and undergoing an inter-ministerial consultation process. The only regulation that is not yet prepared and adopted refers to space heaters. Following its adoption, Ukraine will be compliant with the labelling acquis.

  • Institutional capacities

    Institutional capacities

    The Ministry of Regional Development, Building, Housing and Utilities is the authority responsible for the development of state policy in the field of energy efficiency in Ukraine, while its implementation lies with the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving.

    The responsibilities in terms of drafting laws and by-laws are split between the two institutions and this sometimes leads to delays in taking a decision and finalising documents. In the Secretariat’s view, the process of preparation of the energy efficiency legal acts is long and cumbersome due to lack of institutional capacity in both institutions. The two bodies should be significantly strengthened through capacity building.