CCS Hosts High Level USAID Study Tour
Friday, February 24, 2017
From January 22-27, 2017, as part of the USAID-financed Ukraine Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP) implemented by IRG, a wholly owned subsidiary of RTI International, the Center for Climate Strategies (CCS) hosted a group of 15 high-level representatives of national ministries and technical institutions, Parliament, and USAID project team members on a study tour of US states, cities, federal agencies, and congress for review of Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) activities underway in the US. Site visits and counterpart dialog included the New York Green Bank, the Coalition for Green Capital, the Connecticut Green Bank and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Planning, the Ukrainian Home of Connecticut, the Philadelphia Mayor’s office and local waste, energy, and redevelopment sites, Johns Hopkins University Advanced Academic Programs, the US State Department Climate Change Envoy, the Ukrainian Caucus of the US Congress, and IRG/RTI.
Ukraine is formulating national energy and environmental legislation and policy to advance economic and energy security reforms with the assistance of the USAID project. Related activities in the US provide examples of policies, programs, and projects that combine progress on economic, energy, resources, and equity needs at the local and national levels, including mobilization of new investment from the private and public sectors. Information exchange and peer learning are a critical part of this process. The LEDS part of the USAID project supports Ukraine in capitalizing on the successes and lessons learned in other nations to address immediate and longer term priorities in all sectors and levels of government. The Ukraine LEDS Action Plan process was launched in early 2016 and will be completed later this year. It involves over 150 stakeholders and agency representatives supported by USAID project experts and international LEDS experts including CCS.
Photo: Jordan Dickinson, Legislative Assistant to Representative Dan Kildee of Michigan’s 5th District, discusses future US energy legislation with Ukrainian officials as a part of a USAID Study Tour.