Ukrainian Companies Get Funding for Energy Efficiency Technology
SIX Ukrainian companies have been chosen as recipients of Climate Innovation Vouchers (CIVs), a new scheme aimed at the development and improvement of technologies reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving energy consumption in Ukraine.
Businesses and consultancies from Kiev, Dnipro and Lviv will receive vouchers worth €160,000 in total for innovations ranging from the introduction of new construction materials to the application of modern billing systems. The vouchers will provide grant funding for researchers and businesses proposing energy-efficient technologies and schemes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The CIV project was initiated by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's (EBRD) Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC) programme, which is financed by the European Union (EU) Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF). Ukraine has become the first of the EBRD’s countries of operations to benefit from the CIVs, where the project is implemented by a local NGO, Greencubator, that promotes climate innovations and a green economy in Ukraine.
It is expected that the CIV programme, with a total budget of €1 million, will support around 50 innovative projects in Ukraine until the end of 2018. Vouchers for individual projects may range from €20,000 to €50,000 depending on their innovativeness, complexity and potential benefit. Further recipients will be identified via three more rounds of the competitive selection process.
Johannes Baur, First Counsellor and Head of the Operations Section at the EU Delegation to Ukraine, stressed that the Climate Innovation Vouchers are an important practical support mechanism provided by the EU and the EBRD to Ukrainian firms to pilot new technologies and promote sustainable development.
Sergiy Maslichenko, EBRD Associate Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, said: “We are pleased by the number of applications submitted for the first selection round. Over 40 companies from different regions of Ukraine competed for the innovation vouchers. Clearly, Ukraine’s innovation market is growing and there is an appetite to develop and implement more climate-friendly solutions. The Climate Innovation Vouchers programme is well-placed to support such undertakings.”
Roman Zinchenko, Chairman of the Board of Greencubator, added: “We are witnessing new, positive dynamics in the Ukrainian market regarding energy and climate innovations. For further development in this field, it is important to go beyond the domestic market.”
Source: EBRD. Picture: Adobe Stock.
The EBRD’s FINTECC programme is designed to transfer technology in the area of climate change mitigation and adaptation and was launched in Ukraine in February 2016. The three-year FINTECC programme is supported by US$ 7 million of grant funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and a €4 million grant from the EU’s NIF.
Friday 22nd September 2017