On 2 August 2017, the Government of Ukraine brought into force a law on commercial accounting of utility services where all buildings connected to centralized heating and water supply systems must install meters for thermal energy and water.
The new Law of Ukraine: Law “On Commercial Heat and Water Accounting” No. 2119VIII dated 22 June 2017 defines a procedure for equipping buildings with metering devices, their maintenance, replacement and accounting, the list of mandatory information for the generation of utility bills, the general procedure for access to metering devices, liability for non-compliance with the requirements of the law.
The Law is considered to be another step towards incentivising energy efficiency in Ukraine & has been developed in accordance with the EU/Ukraine Association Agreement and Ukraine’s Sustainable Development Strategy “Ukraine 2020”.
The major features of the Law are as follows:
- All buildings will be equipped with heating and water accounting units at the expense of the owners of the buildings. It is mandatory that newly constructed buildings to have accounting units installed otherwise they may not be commissioned.
- Existing buildings connected to external networks shall be equipped with such accounting units by respective external networks operators within the
- for the heating supply – for a period of 1 year after the Law has come into effect; and,
- for the water supply – for a period of 1 year after the Law has come into effect for non-residential buildings, and 2 years after the Law has come into effect for residential buildings.
External networks operator will be penalised for delays.
It should be noted that the installation of the individual metering units for each apartment / flat in multi-apartment building will be at the expense of its owners.
A further Order is anticipated to provide details on the technical feasibility and economic viability of installing individual metering units.
As a further movement towards sustainable energy use, the consumers’ bills will be supplemented with information and recommendation measures to enhance the energy efficiency of the building and information on the available state support programmes to increase energy efficiency.
Overall, the impact of this new Law should be taken in the context that the majority of apartment buildings in Ukraine are fed with their utilities at a building level. So the impact will be to give greater control for the residents to take control of their energy and water usage within the apartments and the building as a whole.