Energy Efficiency Zhytomyr

The project aims at improving the municipal infrastructure and its energy efficiency. To do so, the district heating network will be rehabilitated, capacity will be built and the awareness about energy efficiency and renewable energy will be raised. The project will accompany Zhytomyr on its way to becoming an energy-efficient city.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
01.01.2014 - 31.12.2022
CHF  13’400’000

Ukraine?s economy remains one of the most energy-intensive in the region, with energy consumption per GDP being 3.2 times higher than the OECD average. The municipal sector contributes substantially to this high energy-intensity with worn-out district heating (DH) system networks and/ or unmetered heat supply. Ukraine faces challenges in maintaining the reliability and quality of supply, due to delays in the energy sector reform, the difficult financial condition of public utilities, lack of investments, and deferred maintenance to aging infrastructure. These issues threaten the sustainability of economic growth.


The objective of the project is to improve the municipal infrastructure in Zhytomyr and its energy management, to introduce renewable energy sources, build capacity and raise awareness about energy efficiency and renewable energy, in order to increase living standards, promote economic development and provide a response to climate change. The project will be articulated around three components. The first component will support the city of Zhytomyr during the implementation of the European Energy Award. Additionally, the project will help the Ukrainian government launch the EEA at the national level. The concept of energy cities originated in Switzerland and the Swiss label "Energiestadt" is at the origin of the Europen equivalent. The second component consists of targeted infrastructure investments in the district heating network and in kindergartens. The third component will strenghten the public utility and the energy department of the municipality.

Effetti a medio termine

For the first component: (1) Sustainable energy policy and urban development are achieved in Zhytomyr and other participating cities, through the rational use of energy and increased use of renewable energies.

For the second component: (2) The reliability of heat and warm water supply in selected districts is improved, (3) the living standards and comfort level of the end consumers are increased, (4) the energy efficiency of the district heating company is improved and (5) GHG emissions are reduced (around 23'000 tons of CO2 will be avoided per year).

For the third component: (6) The operational management of the district heating company is improved and (7) the responsible departments of the municipality are better informed about the energy management of public buildings.


Risultati principali attesi:  

For the first component: (1) The city of Zhytomyr has reached the EEA award and (2) the EEA concept has been launched at the national level.

For the second component: (3) The district heating network is rehabilitated by the replacement of about 6500 m of pipes and the installation of 138 individual heat substations (IHS). A wood-fired combined heat power plant with a capacity of 1.4 MW (electricity) and 8.5 MW equivalent (heat) is installed and operating as a base-load plant. These measures contribute to a more energy efficient district heating network and less gas consumption.

For the third component: (4) The operational and maintenance practices of the district heating company are improved and (5) selected kindegartens have been retrofitted.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile SECO
Credito Cooperazione allo sviluppo
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
  • Municipalities, Public Utilities

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    13’400’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    0 Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF    18’910’000
Fasi del progetto Fase 1 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2022   (Fase in corso)