The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
Strengthening stability of heating supply for the people of Ukraine
More than 320 generators are supporting district heating and healthcare facilities in 13 regions of Ukraine.
Read more on how we’re supporting vulnerable communities affected by the conflict in Ukraine – and helping to lay the foundations for a sustainable future.
The on-going conflict in Ukraine has resulted in substantial damage to the nation's infrastructure and energy networks. As of November 2022, the Ukrainian government confirmed that up to 40 per cent of the country's energy infrastructure had been destroyed. Regions across Ukraine have experienced disruptions in energy and heating supply due to the impaired infrastructure.
UNOPS has been working with the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund (UHF) to help the people affected by this. Together we are providing electricity generators to improve their living conditions and make sure they have access to essential amenities.
At the beginning of 2023, UNOPS helped deliver more than 300 electricity generators to 13 regions in Ukraine as part of an emergency response project to support the needs of Ukrainian communities. Funded by the UHF, the generators will power district heating and healthcare facilities, providing heating and access to essential public services in case of power outages.
The generators will also make Ukrainian district heating and medical infrastructure more resilient against future shocks and power outages. They will continue to be used as alternative power sources, allowing people to heat their homes and public spaces, and will help to improve access to essential public services should power supply disruptions happen again.
“Emergency projects like this one are incredibly important to keep communities in Ukraine going,” says Tim Lardner, UNOPS Country Director in Ukraine.
“The project team worked tirelessly to overcome numerous challenges, including supply shortages and logistical bottlenecks. Now that the generators are in place, they will support the resilience of Ukrainian district heating and medical infrastructure in the long term. Should power outages happen again, communities will be able to enjoy a sense of normality nonetheless,” he adds.
Ukraine’s Minister of Health, Viktor Liashko, says that it has been one the hardest winters that Ukraine has faced “over the years of independence.” He says the ongoing conflict has severely impacted medical facilities across the country, and hindered access to critical healthcare.
Thanks to support from international partners and the delivered generators, we have been able to power hospitals, ensuring uninterrupted access to critical medical services. I am sincerely grateful to all parties involved for their attention and support to Ukraine in these challenging times.
Anna Yurchenko, Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, says the project is making a significant contribution to the emergency recovery of the country’s infrastructure.
“We are grateful to the UHF-funded project – ‘Strengthening stability of heating supply for Ukraine population’ – implemented by UNOPS,” she says.
“This project helps seven regions of Ukraine to keep warm in houses, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, and other critical infrastructure. This project is a great contribution to the emergency recovery of infrastructure in Ukraine. We hope it is just the beginning of our cooperation,” she adds.
Explore stories from some of the recipients of the generators.
About this project
Funded by the Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, the ‘Strengthening stability of heating supply for the Ukrainian population'’ project, implemented by UNOPS, provided generators to strengthen the stability of heat and electrical energy supply to communities in 13 regions most affected by the conflict. The project was implemented in cooperation with the Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, and several Oblast administrations.