The FINANCIAL — 19 blocks of flats have been thermally insulated in Dolyna, Ukraine, with EU support. Not only do residents now have warmer homes, they are also learning more responsible energy consumption habits.
The project is only possible thanks to the EU financed Covenant of Mayors Demonstration Projects (CoM-DeP) programme. It involves the thermal refurbishment of residential buildings, as well as the establishment of a new Municipal Energy Audit Centre, according to EU Neighbours East Info.
“We are not just implementing an EU funded project. We want to inspire people to find ways to prevent heat loss and to take action to improve energy efficiency in their homes. The most effective way to do this is to show citizens real benefits,” says Project Manager Peter Korbut.
The blocks’ refurbishment is part of a project entitled: ‘Reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions in the multi-dwelling residential buildings of the city of Dolyna’. The goal is to insulate 30 blocks of flats by 2018, when the project ends. This will represent 28% of the housing sector.
The Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects (CoM-DeP) is a European Union programme in the EaP countries. It supports small towns in the Covenant of Mayors initiative to implement energy efficiency projects as part of their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). The programme provides grants and technical assistance. The support team of the CoM-DeP provides grants to 19 selected projects, as well as technical, procedural and communication assistance.