On November 27, 2017, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) opened a two-day workshop in Kyiv, Ukraine, on municipal sustainable energy planning and project development. The event was organised in the framework of the project “Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine – LINK”, supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment.
The main purpose of the workshop is to improve the capacity of Ukrainian municipalities in sustainable energy planning practices and to provide municipal authorities with enhanced project development skills.
Peter Bauck, Counsellor for Development Cooperation for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kiev, opened the event with a gracious endorsement of the LINK project, and stressed four “essential points” for successful energy planning in Ukraine: first, plan over a long time horizon, and pursue a steady course of action to see results; second, set realistic goals; third, be aware that financial resources and support might not always align with municipal priorities; and, fourth, engage transparently with all stakeholders, including the public and other municipalities.
Other speakers included Yevhen Chervyachenko, an advisor to the Vice Minister of Ukraine; Nikola Matak from the University of Zagreb; and Oksana Kysil, a national energy expert in Ukraine. The day also included presentations from municipal experts from Ukrainian municipalities on challenges, approaches and tools for developing city energy plans. There were also parallel sessions on energy and project development. REC involvement in events such as these are playing an important role in securing a sustainable future for local governments in Ukraine.