Combating climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and consumption of energy produced from fossil fuels is a priority for most countries in the world. According to various estimates, Ukraine is in the top 20 least energy efficient countries in the world and in the top 30 in terms of energy consumption in the world.
Ukraine is trying to be an active participant in the global decarbonisation process and is a signatory to the Paris Climate Agreement. In April 2021, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine presented a draft of the Second Nationally Determined Contribution to the Paris Agreement (NDC2), the country’s
main climate commitment for the next five years.
In order to take into account the views of cities and regions during the formation of NDC2, as well as to establish a dialogue between local and national levels in the formation of national climate policy, an online round table “How can implementing Ukraine’s national climate policy and NDC2 benefit the development of cities?” will be organized on June 14, 2021 from 12.00 to 14.00 by Heinrich Böll Foundation, Kyiv Office — Ukraine, Ecoclub NGO and the British Embassy in Ukraine.
This event is planned as the first in a series of discussions, during which the following issues will be considered:
- What are the benefits for cities that take climate change into account when planning local development?
- What is the role of cities in NDC2 to achieve emission reductions across sectors?
- What are the gaps in the dialogue between the national and local levels in the context of combating climate change?
We invite representatives of local governments, executive authorities, experts, activists from different regions and all interested parties.
Ukrainian-English simultaneous translation will be provided.
The event will take place online on the Zoom platform. To take part in the event, please register until 18.00 on June 10, 2021 at the link: https://forms.gle/LaXpjqd8e7qSWdRE7
12.00 – 12.10 Welcome remarks
— Nicolas Harrocks, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy Kyiv
— Iryna Stavchuk, Deputy Minister of environment and national
resources of Ukraine
12.10 – 12.30 How are Great Britain’s communities involved in climate action and in the country’s climate policy?
— UK Speaker
12.30 – 13.00 How Ukrainian NDC2 could influence local development?
— Iryna Stavchuk, Deputy Minister of environment and national resources of Ukraine
13.00 – 13.45 Municipal perspective in national climate policy
— Oleksandr Slobozhan, Executive Director of Association of Ukrainian cities (tbc)
— Andriy Martyniuk, Chair of the Board of NGO Ecoclub
— Sergij Sukhomlyn, Mayor of Zhytomyr
— Syenkevych Oleksandr, Mayor of Mykolaiv
13.45 – 14.00 Questions and answers. Closing remarks
Moderated by Oksana Aliieva, Climate Change and Energy Policy Program Coordinator at Heinrich Böll Foundation, Kyiv Office — Ukraine.