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Hennadii Zubko: The apartment which consumes less, is insulated and modernized, has highest value in the market
05.08.2016 | 16:29

The sum worth about €30-40 billion is required to hold thermal modernization of the housing sector. At that the modernization of enterprises, which provide heating, demands much larger investment.

This was stated in an interview with the Ukrainian Tyzhden by Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Hennadii Zubko.

According to him, we can put in enormous sums in the retrofitting of existing enterprises of thermal power industry or become a country which in the future will consume less than any other in Europe.

"The energy market is rapidly growing and creates new opportunities for fast energy transfer, accumulating of energy at the account of consumption at night and then using at daytime. These technologies are implemented in Europe, particularly in Germany", said Hennadii Zubko.

According to him, Ukraine consumes 200 kW per square meter, Germany — 50 kW, and has a target to consume 25 kW. "We now have a unique opportunity to set new directions and formats, offering the residents of building an independent heating system for the house or group of houses or section that will give the opportunity not just to reduce the number of networks, which still need repairing and upgrading, but also to connect to autonomous heating any other energy source. That is, we now need to look at finding the solution not as a problem but as new opportunities”.

According to the Vice Prime Minister, motivation to conduct energy efficiency measures through improving the quality of services is extremely important. As well as motivation through the monetization of subsidies.

"Therefore, an issue of effective use of subsidies means just targeted, direct assistance to person who has to pay for the provided services. He/she will understand that when he saves, he can invest the money to improve the quality of living in his/her house", explained Hennadii Zubko.

He considers it significant to convey to people an idea that due to the modernization of heating systems they would get a different cost of accommodation. "The apartment which consumes less, is insulated and modernized, has highest value in the market. We can see this in European countries that have adopted such measures. There the cost of a square meter of modernized housing has automatically grew by 10-25%", said Hennadii Zubko. According to him, Ukraine should pass these stages that each European country experienced.


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