In February, DBDH returned from a District Heating Seminar in Kiev, Ukraine. In cooperation with the Danish Embassy, 14 companies went to Kiev to learn more about the World Bank investments in the district heating system. In the period 2015-2020, the World Bank is investing in a portfolio of large-scale energy-related projects to support the Ukrainian government’s ambitious sustainable economic reforms, of which $382 million is allocated to the district heating system in ten major Ukrainian cities. The seminar was intended to provide the participating companies with an insight of the investments, and to be an initial step towards an export promotion tour to two of the ten cities in the April.
The tour began with a dinner at the Danish Embassy where the Danish Ambassador, Marete Juhl, provided an update of the political situation in Ukraine. Senior Investment Manager, Bo Nyhus, from the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), provided an overview of financing opportunities through NEFCO. Senior Policy Advisor, Andes Hasselager, from the Danish Energy Agency, described the EU-Ukrainian political agreement within energy, including the The Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environmental Partnership (E5P), and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Otto Vinter Christensen from The Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) described IFU’s investments in Ukraine and provided an insight of the financing options though IFU.
The following day the companies participated in a one-day seminar at the Ukrainian Ministry of Housing. Here, several presentations gave the participants an insight of the coming investments in the sector. Here, the Ukrainian Minsitry of Housing, as well as many other Ukrainian organisations, explained the heating situation and the coming demand for new technologies. Representatives from the World Bank were present to give an overview of the detailed investments in the district heating system. The seminar provided a platform for the Danish Participating companies to network with and to promote their products through B2B meetings with the Ukrainian counterparts.
The success of seminar enabled DBDH to get an understanding of the investments in more detail. In April, DBDH will return to Ukraine to visit two of the ten cities. The two cities are yet to be decided upon. DBDH and the Embassy in Ukraine are currently discussing the details for the coming export promotion tour.
The participating companies were: ABB, Broen, Brunata, CLEAN, Danfoss, Danish Energy Agency, DBDH, Grundfos DK, Grundfos Ukraine, IFU, Kamstrup, Little Dane, Logstor, Nefco, Rambøll, SC Nordic, SPX, and Unotransport.