Sustainable Development and Environment

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.

Our Goals

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

Sustainable Development and Environment

Energy efficiency is a high priority for Ukraine's path to sustainable development

Our Stories

Mapping a Sustainable Future: Why does Ukraine need a Sustainable Development Strategy

Ukraine is facing multiple challenges – continued economic decline in many regions, conflict in the East, large-scale displacement and related hardships, budget burdens. So is itmore 

Biofuel workshop to create jobs, cut public spendings and revive local economy

New pellet fuel producing workshop is expected to benefit 10,000 people, reduce schools’ energy spending and create 18 new jobs in the Andriivka village and itsmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

  • Ukraine Energy Efficiency Secretariat and Expert Hub

    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 

  • Conservation & Sustainable Use of Peatlands

    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 

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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.

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