Energy and Environment
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 also one of the least energy-efficient countries in the world.
The 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 percent of the total territory of Ukraine is now depleted land, and this 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, while its industrial activities and energy consumption practices have important implications for global climate change.
What We Do
UNDP is helping Ukraine to address climate change mitigation both at the policy level through advocacy and policy advice, and through practical initiatives: the development of an energy efficient lightning market, and supporting local energy-efficiency initiatives and community organizations working in the energy and environment areas.
Having realized that there are gaps in public awareness, UNDP is investing in education and awareness-raising campaigns on energy efficiency, targeting young people in particular.
Newly launched projects in energy efficiency in public buildings and bioenergy for the municipal sector will contribute to the energy security of the country.
The market share of energy-efficient lighting products increased by 11 percent nationwide, while the level of household investment in energy-efficiency almost doubled in 2014 as a result of a number of UNDP interventions in changing consumer behavior.
Some 2,500 schools and 300,000 participants received education materials and interactive training on energy efficiency.
Expert support for the development of the National Low Carbon Growth Strategy and Ukraine’s position in global climate change negotiations with GHG emission target identification will also strengthen country’s capacity for climate change mitigation.