The road map for energy efficiency cooperation with the International
Monetary Fund stipulates not only for financial assistance for Ukraine, but
also affects the reduction of the burden on the state budget on social
benefits. Therefore, the IMF's requirement is not only increase in the price of
gas, the requirement encapsulates elimination of the
difference in the price of gas between different consumers and eradication of
the corrupt component while forming the cost of fuel. This was announced by
Vice Prime Minister/ Minister of Regional Development, Construction, Housing
and Utilities of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko
on air of New Time radio.
"The Government has already shaped proposals on reducing the burden
on paying for housing and communal services. The first is a subsidy system. But
on the other hand, this system is not efficient enough, because it leads to
huge budget expenditure (UAH 80 billion for 2017), which absolutely do not
motivate people to reduce their energy consumption. Today, 65% of households in
Ukraine who receive subsidies are not interested in modernizing their homes.
Therefore, our task is to motivate people to carry out energy-efficiency
measures in their homes at the expense of different instruments", Hennadii Zubko noted.
The Vice Prime Minister stressed implementation of the "warm
loans" program and launch of the Energy Efficiency Fund which in synergy
with international partners will provide financial and technical support for
the modernization of housing are one of the far reaching initiatives." The
issue at stake is not only insulation of the houses,
it concerns also modernization of utility networks and most importantly a
decrease in consumption. Such an integrated approach will help to reduce
payments for housing and communal services by decreasing consumption, and many
European countries such as European Poland, Slovakia, Germany walked through
this path", he underscored.
Apart from that, the Vice Prime Minister emphasized Ukraine should,
first and foremost, demonstrate steps taken to reduce
energy consumption and its effectiveness.