Backstopping and Programme Support to the Community-Based Governance and Social Services Component of the UNDP/GEF project Climate Change Mitigation in Ukraine through Energy Efficiency in Municipal District Heating

The aim of the backstopping and programme support provided by Skat in the pilot project of Rivne was to assist UNDP in the development, initiation and implementation of a community-based approach in energy efficiency through social mobilisation – an approach that involves capacity building measures as well as various legal, institutional and management aspects.



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Project Manager: Jürg Christen

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Description of the Project:

Ukraine’s high fossil fuel consumption contributes significantly to the production of high green house gas emissions. The project addressed key issues in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through large-scale improvements in energy efficiency in Ukraine’s communal heat supply sector.

The following results were aimed at: (1) Capacity building to create the basis for systematic energy efficiency activities at the local level; (2) An integrated approach of supply and demand-side improvements to achieve maximum fuel savings and emissions reduction; (3) Attraction of external investment resources for an energy efficiency program in a pilot city; (4) Project-specific replication measures including development of relevant procedures, guidelines, information materials and their dissemination, and public awareness-raising through the involvement of NGOs, in particular those concerned with environmental and energy efficiency problems.

Skat provided the following backstopping services through review missions:

Review concepts and assess their relevance in the prevailing context and assist in adjusting them; Provide support and advice in institutional and legal aspects;

Assist in the development of a model action plan for a pilot project. Define the interfaces, roles and responsibilities of all the actors involved; Monitor the results of the test programmes;

Assist in the selection of appropriate technologies and ensure quality control;

Assist in the development of capacity building measures for decision-makers (city and regional level) in community based approaches.