Lehotský discussed energy efficiency in Chortkiv, Ukraine

A meeting between representatives of city of Chortkiv and a researcher from the Czech Repubic took place in Chortkiv on 29th of May 2018. The meeting was attended by the city mayor Volodymyr Shmatko, city energy manager, energy experts, and other members of the city council.

The goal of the meeting was to discuss specific problems and propositions of the city of Chortkiv regarding the energy efficiency with an expert from one of the Visegrad 4 countries – the Czech Republic. The meeting started with a presentation of situation in Chortkiv and was followed by presentation on the energy efficiency measures in the Czech Republic, with particular focus on municipality level. The presentation on Czech experience was delivered by Lukas Lehotsky from the Centre of Energy Studies of Masaryk University in Brno. The resulting discussion showed that the experience of the Czech Republic with many different financing programs combined with low interests of commercial loans is hardly transferrable to the Ukrainian realities. Thus, city representatives have limited access to EPC solutions or like.

The second part of the meeting focused on discussion of the energy efficiency of specific objects, namely the historic building of the kindergarten and the city high school No. 7. These objects have been plagued by low efficiency of buildings themselves. When coupled with low energy efficiency and high prices of district heating, the city has been burdened with high costs. A plan of a disconnection of both complexes from district heating was discussed. The experience of the Czech Republic was hardly applicable to the situation in Chortkiv, as natural gas (unlike in the Czech Republic) is not a fuel of choice in the Ukraine. A highly salient question which emerged from the discussion touched upon the possibility of insulation of historic buildings.

The meeting took place within a project, which connects Ukrainian municipalities with countries of the Visegrad 4.