While energy and climate policies are often set at the national level, a significant share of implementation actions are being taken at the regional and municipal level. The overall success depends on the capacity of local authorities to properly plan and select cost-efficient and effective measures, and develop municipal energy sector development plans — taking into consideration national and international climate policy objectives and minimizing low carbon transition costs.
In July and November of 2017, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe held two workshops on tools and methodologies for municipal sustainable energy planning in the framework of the project “Local Initiatives for a Sustainable Ukraine – LINK”. The purpose of the workshops was to improve the capacity of Ukrainian municipalities to use relevant energy planning tools for sustainable energy planning, thus enabling them to make a smooth transition towards a low carbon economy. Bearing this aim in mind and reaching for the wider audience, the series of webinars covering a wide range of approaches and tools for sustainable energy planning in urban areas started as a follow-up to the workshops held. The recordings of the webinars are now available with Ukrainian subtitles: