Environment and Energy
Effective use of energy and the overall state of environment are essential for sustainable human development. Climate change, depletion of the ozone layer, loss of biodiversity, land degradation and access to clean and affordable energy are global challenges that cannot be successfully tackled without actions at the local level and taking into account their relationship with poverty and gender concerns.
UNDP will continue its support to Ukraine in strengthening its capacity to address these challenges at global, national and community levels, identifying and sharing best energy-saving practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects that help people build sustainable livelihoods.more
Projects and Initiatives
The project aims to promote energy efficiency models countrywide and contribute to shaping more effective energy policies in Ukraine. Ultimately, the project will help, through its Expert Hub, the Ukrainian government to undertake sustainable transformation and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign energy sources, while promoting energy efficiency and streamlining the use of renewables to strengthen Ukraine’s energy security. more
Clima East focuses on the conservation and sustainable use of peatlands through building the capacity of the national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory system as well as developing and pilotingecosystem-based approach for converting degraded private arable peatlands to semi-natural conditions with high value for local people and biodiversity conservation.The project targets Nizhyn rayon in Chernihiv region, which is one of the ten regions in Ukraine, where 95% of drained peatlands are located. more
WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE?
Ukraine has the unique status of being home to some of the richest natural environments and resources in Europe while at the same time being one of the most heavily polluted countries in the region. Ukraine is one of the least energy efficient countries in the world.
Effective management of natural resources and environmental protection are essential to preserve life-supporting biological systems, improve the quality of life and reduce poverty in Ukraine. Poor environmental management in the past has resulted in an increased number of natural and man-made disasters in recent years in Ukraine, and worsened the health of the population. At present, 40% of the total territory of Ukraine is now eroded land, and is growing at approximately 80,000 hectares annually. At the same time, it has many natural assets in biodiversity and international waters of global importance and its industrial activities and energy consumption practices have important implications for global climate change.