Ukraine moves forward on energy-efficient lighting path

Apr 29, 2016

The Ukrainian energy sector generates over 62% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions (257.2 million tons) with the electricity production sector among the top polluters, emitting around 86.8 million tons of CO2 equivalent annually.

On 25th April 2016 the bill aimed at amending legislation on energy efficient lighting, developed with the help of UNDP experts, passed the public hearings in Ukrainian parliament. The proposed amendments will bring the current law on energy savings in line with the EU framework documents on energy efficiency (EU Directives 27/2012, 125/2009).

The bill was developed in close consultation with the expert community, government officials, local authorities, and CSOs, and aims to shape legal mechanisms to phase-out incandescent bulb technology from the public sector and move to high energy class lighting equipment; that eventually will lead to a reduction of CO2 emissions. The bill will also bring approximately 80% savings on lighting costs to public sector institutions. On 19th April the city of Sumy became the first in Ukraine to adopt a decree paving the way to complete phasing out incandescent bulbs in the public sector. The Decree provides for mandatory use of “A” class bulbs or higher in the public sector and will help the city to save on street lighting.

In order to raise the awareness of general public and governmental officials on this issue the UNDP Project “Transforming the Market for Efficient Lighting” has initiated an All-Ukrainian LED promotional campaign that will be held on 27th - 29th May 2016. The campaign events are planned for 35 EPICENTRE retail malls in 23 cities and will center around collecting used mercury-containing bulbs that will be disposed of at the waste disposal facility. The participants will be able to get professional advice on how to properly choose energy efficient LED bulbs, taking into account the customers’ needs. It is expected that the campaign will reach an audience of more than 3,000,000 people and will have an immediate impact on over 7000 Ukrainian households that will shift to energy efficient lighting products. This will save around 156 MWt over a year and thus will reduce CO2 emissions by 9,680 tons during the bulbs’ lifetime.

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