The Center for Climate Strategies supported the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project’s (MERP) Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC LEDS) program in Ukraine as a subcontractor to International Resources Group (IRG), an independent subsidiary of RTI International.

The USAID MERP was designed to enhance Ukrainian energy and national security, health, wealth, and climate change goals by working with national and sub-national authorities and stakeholders toward increased end-use energy efficiency, improved energy planning and increased use of clean energy from renewable sources. Leveraging its expertise on international best practices combined with onsite assessments, during 2015 CCS developed detailed recommendations for the design of the Ukraine EC LEDS Action Plan Process, Curriculum and Training Program, and Uniform Database for comprehensive training and LEDS action planning. In the same year, CCS also delivered a comprehensive EC-LEDS training to over fifty Ukrainian government officials and stakeholders. Training was delivered in an interactive workshop format that included facilitated input from attendees through the use of survey tools and group discussion. 

On October 26th, 2016 over 120 stakeholders of the Ukraine LEDS Advisory group gathered in Kyiv with representatives of Ukraine’s Parliament, its Ministries, USAID, and leading citizen’s groups to establish a priority list of LEDS policy options to advance national economic, energy, and environmental goals, and to proceed with further design and analysis toward completion of a final National LEDS Action Plan. In addition to assisting with design and formation of the EC LEDS collaboration process, CCS provided remote and on-site assistance for strategic framing of priority actions as well as supporting five expert MERP workgroups charged with the development and evaluation of a 30 LEDS policy actions. Each of these was designed to meet local conditions and regulatory frameworks, incorporate appropriate financing mechanisms, and enable implementation of economic, energy, environmental, and other goals.

In late January of 2017, CCS organized a study tour in the US for Ukraine’s Executive Branch, Parliament, and key third-party institutions involving conferrals with officials and experts from US city and state governments in New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, congressional staff from the Ukraine Congressional Caucus and House of Representative’s Natural Resource Committee, and high-level officials from State Department, USAID, and RTI (prime contractor to USAID for Ukraine LEDS program implementation) in Washington D.C. Ukraine officials explored cutting edge, sub-national and national policy actions, innovative financing mechanisms, and investment-mobilization strategies designed for sustainable, multi-objective, low emissions development. The study tour also focused on relationship-building between the government officials of US and Ukraine.

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CCS facilitates a dialog on clean energy and infrastructure investment between members of the Government of Ukraine, its Parliament, other high-level Ukrainian representatives, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environment, and the Connecticut Green Bank. January 24, 2017

In Kyiv on September 26th, 2017, the Ukraine Ministry of Ecology, members of Ukraine’s Parliament, and USAID leadership, with CCS assistance, announced expert workgroup final recommendations for implementation of 30 new policy actions. Over 120 members of the Ukraine LEDS Advisory group participated in the policy development process and attended the USAID sponsored conference. In addition to supporting workgroup policy development activities, CCS provided a framework and tools for creating detailed business models and private financing programs for each of the policy recommendations. In 2018, the Ukraine MERP project transitioned to collaboration on investment mobilization and new governance mechanisms needed for implementation of policy recommendations to reach climate change goals under the Paris Agreement and the European Union integration of energy and environmental goals. The Ukraine EC LEDS process was launched in 2013 and supported by USAID.