The EBRD is releasing fresh funds under its Ukraine Residential Energy Efficiency Financing Facility (UREEFF) to support better use of energy in the country.
The funds will benefit the so-called IQ energy programme which is designed to promote energy efficiency investments. It is supported by €15 million in grant funding from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P)*, to which the European Union is the largest contributor.
Sub-loans of €10 million and €7 million respectively will be made available to the existing IQ energy partners UkrSibbank and OTP Bank. The programme also welcomes as a new partner bank Crédit Agricole, which will receive a limit of up to €1 million. With these funds the three institutions will be able to support over 18,000 projects with individual borrowers and housing associations planning to implement a wide range of energy efficiency measures.
Eligible borrowers under the programme will be able to receive loans for energy efficiency improvements. These may include the insulation of walls, roofs and ground floors; the installation of modern energy-efficient windows, and of gas and biomass boilers; heat supply system upgrades; the installation of solar thermal systems and many others.
IQ energy, which has been operational in Ukraine since April 2016, has already channelled around UAH 320 million worth (approximately US$ 12 million equivalent) to 13,000 Ukrainian households for thermal modernisation. The programme’s website currently offers over 5,000 energy-efficient products and technologies, which can be purchased and implemented with the help of 20 different financial products available through EBRD partner banks under IQ energy.