Participation of Association experts in COP27

ASDE experts took part in the world's most important climate event — the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), which was held on November 6-18 in Sharm-el-Sheikh and was represented by 197 countries.
The Head of ASDE, Alina Sokolenko, Maksym Babayev, expert on green energy and Anna Zhovtenko, an expert on green office implementation, declared in a number of panels

1) Waste of war: challenges for Ukraine, impact on environment and climate.

Since February 24, as a result of regular air and missile bombings the hundreds of Ukrainian cities have suffered destruction of such a scale that it is impossible to estimate. How to proceed? What to do with those types of waste that affect people's health, the environment, and the climate? How to organize the sorting and reuse of those types of waste in the reconstruction of buildings and structures, roads and bridges, etc.? These are the most important points during the presentation.

2) Green and Resilient Recovery for Further Development.

The experts from different countries discussed what burdens there are on the way to rebuild Ukraine in the post-war period on a sustainable basis — to become more ecological and sustainable, and what are the chances:

- how the Ukraine’s National Recovery Plan could mainstream social and environmental resilience issues into the restoration efforts;

- how the EU member states, and other countries could support the post-war recovery on one hand and at the same time create the opportunities for a greener and sustainable future;

- how recovery (and other funding) programs need to be set up to be resilient and sustainable.

3) Postwar sustainable reconstruction of cities in Ukraine.

Alina Sokolenko presented a jointly developed circular economy approach to the reconstruction of destroyed cities — Resilience Building and Recovery (RBR) for Ukraine — which is based on the approach of maximum preservation and reuse of available natural resources. The program is based on the generally accepted principles of the circular economy, according to which it is important to reuse the maximum amount of available materials after destruction, and to recycle the part that is not subject to this.

4) Strengthening of energy security using solutions based on local renewable energy.

“The war showed the limits of the centralized energy system of Ukraine, because of this, most regions of Ukraine are experiencing a number of blackouts and power cuts. It is critical in the future to put policies in place to help scale up hybrid renewable solutions in communities to enable them to reap social, economic and climate benefits.”, - noted Maksym Babaev.

During the panel discussion, Anna Zhovtenko referred to the comprehensive approach that it takes in the assessment of damages caused by the war, as well as cooperation with the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine to enhance mapping of the quantity and severity of the damages to the buildings and development of a comprehensive GIS system that will enable government authorities monitor and update the damage assessment from local to central level. “

“We are also developing a new complex project to develop the institutional and regulatory framework as well as technical infrastructure to develop and run a robust register to collect, process and communicate evidence on environmental damage, addressing gender-specific vulnerability and resilience,” she said. “Timely and correct information on the damages caused by the military actions is crucial to inform evidence-based decision-making on Ukraine’s recovery.”
Considering the work of the COP27, we can summarize the main challenges facing our country now, but they are no less important at the global level:
  • protection of fundamental human rights, especially of the indigenous population (due to the prism of the temporarily occupied Crimea and the persecution of the Crimean Tatar population);
  • ecocide and damage to the environment as a result of military actions;
  • energy independence and security through the decentralization of energy sources and the development of renewable energy;
  • post-war reconstruction of Ukraine;
  • rejection of fossil energy carriers;
  • restoration and maintenance of peace.

Also, transparency and accountability of the results of work on combating climate change became an important topic of discussion during COP27. Transparency fosters mutual trust and accountability and encourages countries to increase their climate ambitions over time and track global progress towards the Paris Agreement goals. Transparency and disclosure of environmental data is an important control mechanism not only for national governments, but also for the public.

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