Members of the Kyiv City Council have approved the Green City Action Plan, a set of twenty package measures to address climate change and the environment in city development planning. This was announced by First Deputy Head of the Kyiv City State Administration Mykola Povoroznyk.
"The document contains developed measures in the field of transport, sustainable urban mobility, energy efficiency, water supply and sewage, waste management, environmental protection and diversity, digitalization of municipal economy and data management. The estimated potential attraction of investments for the implementation of the Green City Action Plan is about EUR 2.5 billion," said Mykola Povoroznyk.
Sources of funding may include the city budget, international financial organizations, or private capital in the form of investments.
The approved Green City Action Plan for Kyiv was developed with the expert support of WS Atkins International Limited in a consortium with CFI Bilfinger Tebodin Ukraine under the EBRD Green Cities Program with financial support from the Government of Sweden.
"We held several presentations and consultations with the public, scientists, educators, business representatives and NGOs. In total, more than 120 organizations took part in the consultations. More than 200 proposals and comments were processed in accordance with the Strategic Environmental Assessment procedures. NGOs, government agencies, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and, most importantly, citizens who care about transforming Kyiv into an environmentally conscious and smart city, took part in the discussions," said the First Deputy Head of the KCSA.
He also added that the full-scale invasion forced the actual document to be updated. Thus, it provides for energy efficiency measures, the need for which is dictated by the present. These include equipping neighborhood boiler houses with alternative power sources that run on different types of fuel; installing additional equipment for cogeneration of heat and electricity; and purchasing mobile boilers for emergency heat supply.
The work on the Green City Action Plan began in 2019, when the Kyiv City State Administration and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development signed a memorandum on the capital's accession to the EBRD Green Cities Program.
The Green City Action Plan was prepared based on the Green Cities Program methodology developed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).