26 July 2021

Lviv introduces systematic monitoring of energy consumption in the housing sector within the SPARCS project

On July 19-20 in Lviv, representatives of the National Ecological Center of Ukraine and the Lviv City Council developed a project idea for Lviv in the field of energy consumption monitoring. This idea will be implemented over the next three years with the support of the SPARCS project.

The SPARCS project aims to support the transformation of Lviv into a climate-neutral and energy-independent city, in particular through the integration of Positive Energy District solutions.

Qualitative energy transformation needs systematic monitoring of energy consumption and a system for supporting decision makers based on monitoring data.

NECU, Lvivavtodor, the City Institute, and the Department of Housing and Infrastructure of the Lviv City Council have developed solutions that will help to monitor energy consumption in the housing sector in Lviv started from the pilot project. In particular, it is planned to implement the following 2 key solutions:

  1. Voluntary energy efficiency agreements (VEEA), which will include access to energy consumption data.
  2. Analytical IT solution for access, processing, and transmission of general data on energy consumption at the level of houses/districts.

One important precondition for the implementation and support of these solutions is the cooperation of the municipality with utility providers. Another important factor is the motivation of citizens to participate in data exchange and the implementation of voluntary energy efficiency agreements. The next steps that are planned to be implemented within SPARCS are:

  • detailed elaboration of the concept of monitoring energy consumption and benefits for residents from its implementation;
  • conducting a survey of citizens on their interest in joining voluntary energy-efficient agreements and contribution to data exchange on energy consumption;
  • conducting a workshop for knowledge exchange and working out solutions for effective cooperation between the municipality and energy service providers in the field of data exchange with the participation of representatives of cities and partner organizations of the SPARCS project and representatives of supplier companies from Lviv;
  • development of voluntary energy efficiency agreements, taking into account the views of residents and solutions on data exchange between the municipality and companies providing energy services in Lviv.

The SPARCS project plans to pilot monitoring in Lviv in several buildings, but the participants also agreed to jointly advocate for changes to Ukrainian legislation in the field of regulating the process of data exchange on energy consumption. Such changes will create the necessary conditions for the establishment of systematic monitoring and scaling it in Lviv and in Ukraine in general.