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  • Performance Contracting of Energy Efficiency Measures in Kiev Public Buildings – Consultancy support to the PIU

NEFCO is providing a 5 mill. euro and is the lead financier for an energy efficiency project in the City of Kiev, including three priority investment components in municipal budget sector buildings:

  • Installation and modernization of 224 individual heating substations
  • Modernization and upgrade of lighting systems in 33 buildings
  • Improvement and upgrade of thermal insulation and HVAC systems in 12 buildings

The ESCO type company, KP GVP, is the borrower of the NEFCO loan and has together with the City established a Project Implementation Unit (PIU).


The primary objectives of the ENSI consultancy assignment are to:

  • assure proper and effective organization and operation of the PIU;
  • monitor the Project progress to secure an efficient, effective and transparent project implementation in compliance with applicable rules, governance and the Financing Agreements.

The main activities of ENSI:

  • Project planning, preparations, reporting, clarifications with NEFCO and City Administration and management of local experts (project partners)
  • Assistance to PIU organisational and capacity enhancement
  • Monitoring of Establishment of Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs)
  • Support and Monitoring of Planning and Scheduling
  • Support and Monitoring of Procurement
  • Monitoring of Equipment Delivery funded by the NEFCO or Donors
  • Monitoring of Installation of Equipment
  • Monitoring of Testing and Commissioning

Local partner: ESCO "EnergoEngineering"

Client: NEFCO - Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

Duration: 03/2014 – 03/2017


·         Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP)


The primary purpose of the Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP) is to enhance Ukraine’s energy security. Increased end-use energy efficiency combined with increased production of clean energy in large towns and cities will reduce the consumption of conventional energy in Ukraine and, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and energy expenditures and imports.


The Project has four main activities:

  • Improve CE Regulatory and Legislative Enabling Environment;
  • Promote Investment in Clean Energy Technologies and Applications;
  • Capacity Building and Dissemination;
  • Enhance Capacity for the GOU in Low Emission Development Strategies.

The main activities of ENSI:

  • Task 1: Review of the current status of implementation of National Action Plan for harmonization of building codes and identify priority list of energy norms/standards for improvement:

o    Recommendations on four priority energy building standards/norms

o    Gap analysis on energy audit and energy management

  • Task 2:  Drafting of changes to National Building Norms and Energy Standards:

o    Development of templates for standard on energy audit and energy management within building sector

o    Development of templates for four priority energy norms/standards

o    Assistance in drafting of standard on energy audit and energy management and four priority energy norms/standards

  • Task 3:  Development and conducing of training for energy professionals on enforcement of the energy audit and energy management standards within building sector.

Local partners: SRI BC (Building Construction Research Institute)

Client: IRG (USAID)

Duration: 01/2014 – 06/2016


  • Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings in the city of Zhytomyr, Feasibility Study

A large part of the district heating system in Zhytomyr city will be modernized within a 15 MEUR project financed by the EBRD and E5P - “Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership Fund”. The EBRD project targets mainly the housing sector, production and distribution within the heating system. NEFCO intends to finance a project that shall complement the EBRD-financed project by adding demand side measures in selected buildings (incl. individual heating substations) to the investments funded by the EBRD. Within this assignment, ENSI prepared a Feasibility Study, which shall form the basis for a program for energy measures in 47 public buildings in the city of Zhytomyr.

The main activities ENSI performed:

  • Project planning, preparations, reporting, clarifications with NEFCO and City Administration and management of local experts (project partners)
  • Specification and collection of data from the municipality
  • Development of long-list of relevant energy efficiency measures
  • Evaluations and calculations to develop a short-list of profitable energy efficiency measures
  • Energy auditing of the 47 project sites
  • Identification of water leakages and status of indoor heating systems, development of recommendations to address the leakages
  • Development of preliminary Priority Investment Program, incl. financial, economic and environmental analysis
  • Optimisation of Priority Investment Program
  • Development of principal design covering main flow diagrams and technical specifications of new, individual heat substations types
  • Development of technical specifications of typical demand side energy efficiency measures
  • Development of detailed Procurement and Implementation Plan, incl. complete specifications of project components grouped in reasonable categories, implementation schedule and a procurement and contracting strategy
  • Development of Terms of Reference for PIU support consultant
  • Training needs assessment, outlining of future technical assistance/support needed

Local partner: ESCO "EnergoEngineering"

Client: NEFCO - Nordic Environment Finance Corporation

Duration: 10/2012 – 02/2013


  • Municipal Heating Reform in Ukraine

The USAID Office of Economic Growth in Ukraine awarded the 3-year project “Municipal Heating Reform (MHR) in Ukraine” to International Resources Group (IRG). The purpose of the MHR Project is to assist the National Government of Ukraine and local governments to create a financially viable and sustainable municipal heating sector able to deliver quality services to the population, public institutions and local industries. The project is divided into 7 tasks, including strengthening the legal, regulatory, and institutional framework to improve heating services to customers; improving tariff regulation and methodology; educating the public and government officials through a multi-faceted information, education and outreach campaign; enhancing the capacity of municipalities to plan, manage, and fund the development of the heating systems; facilitating creation of condominium and home owner associations; and improving energy efficiency in residential and municipal buildings.

The objective of the Spot Gap Analysis, developed by ENSI in cooperation with SRI BC (Ukraine), was to identify the main areas of improvement of Ukrainian Building Codes in comparison with the EU norms or requirements of EU directives related to energy efficiency or energy performance of buildings. The Spot Gap Analysis also provided recommendations on improvement of the draft Law on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Ukraine, which should be harmonized with EU Directives.

ENSI provide recommendations to the National Building Norms, and comments and recommendations for regulations for energy labelling/certification of buildings, specifically addressing the anticipated impact on new construction and retrofit activities.

ENSI assist municipalities with Energy Planning and Energy Efficiency Programs by transferring its methods of building energy auditing and calculating building performance to Ukrainian experts.

ENSI adjusted and provided latest version of ENSI manuals, tools and software for energy auditing and calculation of energy performance of buildings in accordance with the ISO EN 13790/2008. ENSI performed 3-session interactive training on Energy Auditing in Buildings to 24 experts from energy auditing companies from all over Ukraine. Within the training the actual energy audits were developed for 7 different objects, which represent different types of public building, including residential building, in different regions of Ukraine.

Local partners: SRI BC (Building Construction Research Institute), Alliance to Save Energy

Client: IRG (USAID)

Duration: 09/2009 – 10/2012


  • Consultancy services in support of NEFCO Energy Saving Credit in Ukraine
NEFCO has established a facility providing loans for financing of energy efficiency and environmental projects in Municipalities in Northwest Russia and Ukraine. 


Main consultancy services provided by ENSI: Quality Assurance and assistance to local consultants in development of projects and preparation of Business Plans incl. environmental due diligence, review and approval of energy audits, project documentation, evaluation of tenders, preparation of loan agreements, verification of disbursement requests, monitoring of project implementation and in verification of project achievements (regarding energy, economy, and the environmental impact).


Client: NEFCO (Nordic Environment Finance Corporation) 


Location: Northwest Russia, Ukraine  


Duration: 09/2005 – ongoing 


  • Technical assistance for improving the energy performance of residential buildings

The objective of the project is to improve the energy performance of residential buildings by

a) creating demand for investment in higher performing equipment and materials through the promotion of minimum performance standards and best practice solutions and

b) mitigating investment barriers by instigating an enabling environment through the provision of policy and regulatory support.

This project will provide support to the Ministry of Housing and Communal Services and ultimately will create the conditions for extensive investment to enhance the use of higher performing equipment and materials in building refurbishment / construction.


The project includes the following three main tasks:

  • Develop, operate, maintain and regularly up-date a complex, comprehensive and user friendly web-based information platform on residential energy efficiency;
  • Assessment of the gaps in the legal, regulatory and institutional framework of Ukraine that currently discourage financing energy efficiency projects in the residential sector;
  • Provide support to the Ministry on development of secondary legislation providing implementation procedures of the Law on Energy Efficiency of Buildings and in line with transposition of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 31/2011/EU.

Partner(s): Municipal Development Institute (Ukraine), Housing Institute (Slovakia); SEVEn (Czech Republic)

Client: WorleyParsons (EBRD)

Duration: 11/2010 - 11/2013


  • Launch of NEFCO Energy Savings Credit Programme in Ukraine – Programme formulation

NEFCO decided to launch the Energy Saving Credit (ESC) Facility in Ukraine. The project cycle will follow the modus operandi previously used in Russia. However, NEFCO do not have a network of Energy Efficiency Centres to draw upon in Ukraine as in Northwest Russia. ENSI was contracted by NEFCO to perform a mapping of the situation in Ukraine and to formulate a proposal for the launch of the ECS programme and initial training. The findings, conclusions, recommendations and proposal were presented, and are being used to prepare for the launch and training.


Local partners: NEFCO (Nordic Environment Finance Corporation), ARDEI (Lviv), Training Centre for Energy Managers (Kiev)


Location: Kiev and Lviv


Duration: 2006 – 2007