UNECE is implementing project “Improving capacity of the Government of Ukraine to develop infrastructure for production and use of hydrogen to support green post-covid-19 recovery” (funded from the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC)). It is implemented jointly by the Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Transport, and Environment Divisions. Hydrogen is a renewable and clean source of energy that supports circular economy. Ukraine is experiencing an economic downturn as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Development of infrastructure to produce and use hydrogen in Ukraine will facilitate its economic recovery in an environmentally friendly manner, increase its energy security and efficiency, improve the economic climate and create new employment opportunities. In terms of the use of hydrogen, the specific focus will be on its use in road transport, particularly urban transport, that will reduce emission of air pollutants and CO2. To achieve these results, improving the capacity of the Government of Ukraine is of paramount importance. In the framework of the project, UNECE will assist the country in developing a draft Roadmap for production and use of hydrogen and in preparing a scoping report, including facilitating a scoping consultation with stakeholders (including the public) under the Strategic Environmental Assessment procedure of the Roadmap in line with the UNECE Protocol on SEA.
UNECE is an implementing partner in the UN Development Account project “Global Initiative towards post-Covid-19 resurgence of the MSME sector” led by UNCTAD and UN ESCWA. The overall goal of the project is to strengthen the capacity and resilience of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in developing countries and economies in transition to mitigate the economic and social impact of the global COVID-19 crisis. In the framework of the project, the Sustainable Energy Division focuses on developing Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMEs to assure resiliency and progress towards a circular economy in sustainable resource management and critical raw material supply chain solutions and Guidelines and Best Practices for MSMEs in delivering energy efficient products and in providing renewable energy equipment. The reports will be used to develop an online training course and customize their findings for several pilot countries in the UNECE region.
UNECE is implementing the extrabudgetary project “Enhancing National Capacities to Develop and Implement Energy Efficiency Standards for Buildings in the UNECE Region” (funded by the Russian Federation). It is implemented under the auspices of the Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. The project aims to enhance capacity of the UNECE member States to develop and implement energy efficiency in buildings, with a focus on residential buildings. Improving energy efficiency in buildings is one of the most cost-effective options for meeting growing energy demand and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in most countries. Following the completion of the project it is expected to achieve significant change in improving the knowledge of policy makers and experts from UNECE member States of the energy efficiency standards, their enforcement mechanisms and energy efficient technologies in buildings by conducting trainings with deep dives into areas of major interest, including: establishing and enforcing energy efficiency norms and procedures; barriers to energy efficiency standards implementation; investments into energy efficiency projects; introduction of energy management systems in cities, especially in the housing sector; and effective functioning of energy service companies (ESCOs). The project’s expected accomplishments include:
- Improved knowledge of advanced energy efficiency standards in buildings in the UNECE region by UNECE member States.
- Enhanced and up-to-date network of experts from public and private sectors on energy efficiency in buildings in the UNECE region.
- Strengthened capacity of national authorities, building sector professionals, homeowner associations and other relevant stakeholders to develop and implement advanced energy efficiency standards in buildings and introduce energy efficient technologies at the national and sub-national levels.