Khlibodar group includes several bakeries and a mill. It provides 24 types of bread and 88 types of confectionary to almost two million citizens of Zaporizhzya region in Ukraine. The company also exports to the nearby countries and even the USA.
In view of permanently increasing energy prices, the company applied to UKEEP for financing and technical package to identify the most perspective energy efficiency measures.
The UKEEP engineering team provided the company with an energy audit and advised on the priority investments in two different bakeries.
The final project consisted of biomass ovens and biomass boilers installation instead of the gas technologies, and replacement of compressors and lighting with energy efficient units.
The $153,000 UKEEP investment led to 100 per cent removal of gas consumption at one of the bakeries. The other bakery has become the most innovative in the group with efficient heating and modern production technologies. The total annual energy savings of $88,000 allow to repay the investment in less than two years, securing the company’s future and sustainability in the market.
The company decreased its CO2 emissions by 664 tonnes per year, contributing to the environmental improvement, which is especially relevant for the heavily industrial region of Zaporizhzhya.
After important technological improvements, the company could now spend time and efforts on other socially responsible activities, like supporting the bike routings in Zaporizhzhya and providing charitable lunches to those in need. This way the EBRD through UKEEP supports sustainable financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures at the private enterprises. Together, the private, public and residential sectors can make a change in energy consumption patterns and contribute to the environmental protection.
This project is supported by Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, the European Union Neighbourhood Investment Facility (EU NIF), Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) and the EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund.