Ukrainian Mayors Unite Efforts to Address Energy Efficienc
Ukraine's central authorities show virtually no interest in reducing gas consumption in the country, Cherkasy Mayor Serhiy Odarych has said.
"At present, the government policy is essentially a lobbyist for the use of natural gas for heating and generating electricity. Ukrainian cities are fighting with the central authorities for energy efficiency," Odarych said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.
According to him, while introducing energy-saving technologies local authorities are facing either legal obstacles or red tape.
Cherkasy, for instance, replaced gas heating in one neighborhood for heating with waste wood, which reduced the heating costs from UAH 7 million a year spent on gas to UAH 3 million for the purchase and transportation of waste wood to Cherkasy region.
However, national ecological agencies do not give permission for replacement of gas with waste wood, since its burning produces slightly higher carbon dioxide emissions than the norms established for natural gas.