In Ukraine, as in many other countries, existing legislation made it difficult for the private sector to help public buildings such as: kindergartens, schools and hospitals become more energy efficient.
In effect, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) provided €500,000 to cover the operational and legal costs of establishing a model law for Ukraine. This included a detailed analysis of the existing obstacles, an outline of the reforms needed and guidance on how to draft the new law so that it meets best international practice. In addition, the EBRD made coordinated efforts with USAID, in advocating legal change in the same field.
The Ukrainian parliament approved the bill for the new law in May 2015. This will enable the private sector, and more specifically ESCOs, to turn public buildings into more energy efficient, more comfortable places for their users.