Kiev, Ukraine, October 17, 2012—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with the western Ukraine
city of Lviv to promote energy-efficient improvements in the residential
sector, helping the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate
IFC’s Residential Energy Efficiency
Advisory Project is working with Lviv’s center for homeowner associations
to help residents with legal and financing issues around energy-efficient
renovations in multifamily houses. IFC will help with energy audits, including
in the historical center where many medieval buildings are being renovated.
Replacing outdated and inefficient heating equipment, among other improvements,
is expected to help the city cut its CO2 emissions by 70,000 tons per year,
equivalent to the annual emissions of around 14,000 passenger cars.
“The City of Lviv is leading the country
in its efforts to revamp the old and inefficient residential sector,”
said Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy. “IFC will help us get to the next level
in our reforms as we work to build modern housing for our people. We hope
it will improve people’s everyday lives and result in improved access
to finance for residents of the multi-storied buildings.”
This initiative falls within a broader
effort by the Residential Energy Efficiency project to enable reforms in
the residential sector. Housing consumes 25 percent of the electricity
and 40 percent of the heat-energy resources in Ukraine. IFC works with
the government, banks, and homeowner associations to unlock bank lending
for residential energy-efficiency projects across the country.
“Energy efficient improvements are
a cross-cutting theme for our work in Ukraine,” said Elena Voloshina,
IFC’s head of operations in Ukraine. “IFC is offering both investment
and advisory products to help speed up the reforms and make the country
more energy efficient. Our joint project with Lviv, a city of about 700,000
inhabitants, will help raise awareness on the economic benefits of energy-efficient
renovation in the residential sector.”
IFC launched its Ukraine Residential
Energy Efficiency Project in 2010, implementing it in partnership with
Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO. The project
will help Ukraine to achieve its targets to reduce energy intensity by
20 percent by 2015, and by 50 percent by 2030.
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