Despite significant efforts towards energy efficiency and use of RES in recent years, Ukraine is still highly dependent on export of fossil fuels. The volume of dependence vary from region to region and is influenced by structure of economy of each particular region, including number of population. The most dependent from fossil fuels regions are Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Kyiv, Cherkasy, Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Poltava regions, which together consume more than a half of coal and gas in the country. These regions need to apply more efforts towards energy independence. This process could be boosted by increase of awareness on application of efficient and affordable RES technologies, taking into account best practices, implemented in the USA and Ukraine.

Renewable Energy Agency started implementation of the project “Promotion of energy security and sustainable development of local communities in Ukraine”, 2020-2021.

The goal of the project is to promote the reduction of the dependence of 8 regions of Ukraine from fossil fuels by informing about the possibilities of introducing efficient technologies of available renewable energy sources (RES).

The project includes a series of practical seminars in the regions of Ukraine on the development of energy independence of local communities, addressed to representatives of state administrations, public organizations and students based on the Handbook prepared and published within the framework of the project.

Project is supported by the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine. The views of the authors do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Government.