Over 6,000 residents of Novovolynsk in Volyn region consume heat energy in more efficient way and are secure against cases when heating suddenly goes off, and 570 local school children have started the autumn and winter season in more comfortable temperature conditions and adequately ventilated premises. These are the first results of the energy efficient project ‘The first step in transition to renewable energies in the town of Novovolynsk’, implemented by the town thanks to the support provided by the European Union as part of Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects, and presented on January 29.
The project lasted from 2015 to 2019 and provides for the closure of an old inefficient boiler house, replacement of the heat distribution network pipes in one of the town districts as well as comprehensive refurbishment of the building of school No. 7. Its budget exceeds EUR 1.15 million. 80% of the project costs were covered by the European Union. The rest was paid by the town of Novovolynsk.
“Energy efficiency and energy independence remain a priority for the EU-Ukraine relations. Therefore, we are happy to support concrete projects in smaller cities such as Novovolynsk, that bring tangible results for citizens and help to reduce energy consumption” – Johannes Baur, Head of Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and the Environment at EU Delegation.
It was decided to close the boiler house due to its inefficiency. Initially it was run on coal from the nearest mine. When coal was replaced by gas, its efficiency decreased event further. The buildings were re-connected to the new network.
Within the project 800 m of the heat distribution network pipes were replaced with pre-insulated ones. That enabled to save over 765 MWh of energy (3%) and to reduce СО2 emission by 209 tons annually. Now residents consume heat in a more efficient way – since energy is not lost on its way from the boiler house. At the same time, they are secure against cases when heating suddenly goes off, while high-quality pipes ensure sustainable heat supply.
Novovolynsk school No. 7 was selected out of all the municipally owned premises. Energy monitoring showed that energy losses are the highest in this building.
Within the project modern ventilation system was installed in the building, the lighting system and windows were replaced, walls were insulated, a new heating system as well as an individual heating unit were installed. Outdoor lighting was installed and the central school entrance was rearranged. These activities together will enable the school to save 948 MWh of energy a year (65%). This is twice less than the facility consumed before. Besides that, the temperature in the premises will remain at the standard level of 20 – 21 °С.
According to preliminary estimates, as the result of implementation of the whole project it is expected to achieve СО2 emission reduction for over 488 tons a year, which can also be achieved through refusing to use 287 new cars on an annual basis.
On January 29 there took place the ceremony of official project completion: presentation of the set of works performed and official opening of the refurbished school. The following people participated in the events: Johannes Baur, head of the Department of Economic Cooperation, Energy, Infrastructure and Environment of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Olga Borodankova, sector manager for energy efficiency of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, Viktor Sapozhnikov, the mayor of Novovolynsk, Maksym Vereshchak, key expert of the ‘Covenant of Mayors – Demonstration Projects’ initiative.