On September 21–23, 2016, REC’s LINK team held a workshop in Kiev on energy assessment for the representatives of five partner Ukrainian municipalities involved in the LINK project. During an intense two-and-a-half-day training, local energy experts and decision makers were introduced to the concepts of energy assessment and use of data-based indicators for local energy security planning.
The LINK team, together with international experts, presented different ways of using local energy and economic data to: assess the state of local energy supply and demand; identify target areas and specific measures for energy efficiency improvement; and prioritise measures for environmental and energy action plans.
During the first day, Dr Slobodan Milutinovic retraced the steps of action planning, and also emphasised that local governments should focus on issues under their jurisdiction and target main energy consumers within municipal borders. Representatives of the Municipality of Lubny summarised the process of establishing a working group and the main principles used, while also noting the main obstacles encountered and experience gained. After the presentation, representatives of four other municipalities shared their experiences in establishing and steering a working group. Dr Mirjana Bartula opened a public opinion assessment (POA) module with a brief introduction concerning the structure of the questionnaire being used and main objectives of the task. Representatives from all the municipalities presented the POA process in their respective cities and the main results of the opinion poll, and pointed out the most interesting and significant findings. As a result of the POA process and the discussion, major areas of potential improvement have been identified. The POA indicates a clear need for education campaigns and improved communication flows between local governments and the general public—with help from CSOs.
During the second day, two experts from the International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES), Nikola Matak and Tomislav Novosel, together with the project team and various municipal representatives, discussed energy security issues, suggested methodologies and indicators for assessment, and considered the availability of data needed for making such an assessment. The day’s sessions also focused on data collection and availability issues, ways to address them—hands-on experience of local energy experts, for example—and how to further improve the quality of obtained data sets. (Each of five municipalities has used its own set of data to calculate proposed indicators and assess to what extent they apply to their own case.) Afterwards, energy experts shared comparisons for some indicators that were obtained with referent values calculated for other European cities.
On day three, the participants analysed potential areas for improvement in energy efficiency and energy security, based on the assessment practice from the day before and comparisons that were made between their results and values available for other European cities.
At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants were briefed on the agenda of the upcoming Sustainable Investment Forum in Kyiv (October 20-21, 2016) and potential for donor engagement and project fundraising based on the presented case studies.