In Ukraine, with the support of GIZ, a grant competition was launched for industrial and war-affected enterprises, the winners of which will receive €10,000 to improve energy efficiency.
Potential development measures, express energy audits and mini-grants for the implementation of energy-efficient measures are planned for the participants, the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine reports on Facebook.
The message emphasized that the project is designed to make enterprises more energy efficient and competitive. Enterprises will be able to spend grant funds on energy-efficient measures specified in the grant agreement based on the results of the energy audit.
"The most important role in the recovery of the country and the economy will also be played by business. That is why we launched programs to support enterprises. It is important to help them become competitive, energy efficient and be ready for energy challenges," said the director of the project "Promotion of energy efficiency and implementation of the EU Directive on energy efficiency in Ukraine" by Ima Khrenov-Shymkin.
Andriy Shiyan, director of the energy efficiency development department of the State Energy Efficiency Agency, emphasized that industry is one of the most energy-intensive sectors of the economy. It accounts for more than a third of all energy consumption in the country.
"Therefore, at the legislative level, we are adapting European norms and practices for stimulating energy efficiency in industry," he added.
Shiyan emphasized that the priority tasks for energy-intensive industries are:
- implementation of energy management systems;
- conducting energy audits;
- modernization of production processes, etc.
He explained that all these and other measures are urgent, especially for a timely response to energy security challenges during the autumn-winter period.
It is noted that the initiative is being implemented within the framework of the project "Support for Energy Modernization of Enterprises in Wartime", implemented by the NGO "International Development Foundation" with the support of the GIZ project "Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Implementation of the EU Directive on Energy Efficiency in Ukraine".
As reported by EcoPolitics earlier, Ukrainian enterprises will be able to receive loans for $150,000 to implement energy management and energy efficiency measures. Small and medium-sized businesses will also be able to receive micro-grants.