Local communities in Ukraine are making efforts to improve environmental and energy planning and management. The REC will draw on its experience in assisting over 150 municipalities across its partner countries throughout South Eastern Europe, Belarus and Moldova to help municipalities in Ukraine to improve their local environmental planning practices. Through the development of local energy security action plans (LESPs) the REC will encourage the involvement of a diverse group of individuals and institutions in joint work on common priorities and actions to address energy-related problems in the community.
LINK provides support to five local communities in Ukraine, helping them to build their capacities to deal with energy-related environmental issues, improve their environmental planning and investments, and shift towards more strategic environmental management and energy security.
Creating an institutional set-up
- A memorandum of understanding will be signed between the REC and the municipalities, establishing the grounds for cooperation.
- A local coordinator will be hired.
- An energy work group (EWG) will be formed at local level involving representatives of local authorities dealing with energy issues and addressing crosscutting areas that have implications for the energy system (transport, urban planning, waste management and water management), as well as representatives of civil society, businesses and academia.
Assessing capacity development needs
- The REC will assess the needs of local authorities and all members of the EWG in terms of capacity in the field of energy security and local planning.
- The EWG will be capacitated for sustainable policy development on energy-related environmental issues. Capacity building will be tailored to address the needs identified in the assessment phase.
- Representatives of the EWG will be trained to perform energy audits using Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning System software.
- Members of the EWG will be enabled to develop concrete project proposals using the developed LESP document.
- Members of the EWG will be given training on identifying sources of funding and applying for funds.
- Actions identified in the LESP will be turned into concrete projects, including a definition of activities, timeframe, budget and implementing institutions/actors.
Performing the analysis: The energy audit
- Municipalities will carry out an energy audit with a focus on energy demand and energy supply using data on energy use in a selected sector. The municipalities will use the Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning System software, a widely used modeling tool for energy policy analysis and climate change mitigation assessment developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute.
Developing local energy security action plans
- Using the REC’s methodology, municipalities will develop LESPs through a participatory process and, using the results of the energy audit, will tailor the LESP and test the scenarios. The EWG will carry out the assessment of energy-related issues, select priority issues, define problems and goals, set targets, and compile a set of actions.
- The developed LESP documents will be adopted by the municipalities.
Implementing the pilot project
- The REC will support the implementation of one selected action from the LESP in each community.