Category: Ukraine News Brief and Action Alert

Ukraine Has Seen a 61% Decrease in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Since 1990
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Ukraine Has Seen a 61% Decrease in Greenhouse Gas Emissions Since 1990

Recently Reported Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels: 344.07 MtCO2e in 2018, a decrease of 61.2% from 1990 (Ukraine Government) The most recent data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Ukraine was published in March 2020 by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources in their Annual National Inventory Report. This thorough report contains balances of...

Ukrainian Climate Goals Still To Be Determined
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Ukrainian Climate Goals Still To Be Determined

Along with the appointment of a new Minister, in June the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Nature Resources became a separate entity. Some sources (Shevchenko) argue that despite some changes made to the organization, many issues remain unaddressed including: Slowing down of determining a Second Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to Paris Agreement; Delays in adjusting...

Destruction of Animal and Plant Habitats Threaten Biodiversity in Ukraine
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Destruction of Animal and Plant Habitats Threaten Biodiversity in Ukraine

Ukraine has considerable potential for biodiversity. Four terrestrial ecosystem types are represented on a comparatively small territory. Moreover, Ukraine is situated at the crossroads of migration paths of many animal species. Plant and animal diversity accounts for more than 70 thousand species (according to experts, another third of species is still not described, particularly of...

Ukraine Government COVID-19 Recovery Efforts Do Not Sufficiently Include Measures to Mitigate Climate Change
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Ukraine Government COVID-19 Recovery Efforts Do Not Sufficiently Include Measures to Mitigate Climate Change

On March 12, the COVID-19 quarantine was declared in Ukraine. At that time, the government did not yet understand how it would proceed, what policies it would enact, and how long it would last. There was only one goal- to slow down the spread of COVID-19. At this stage, the number of affected people changes...

Ukraine Passes New Energy Reform Legislation That Needs Implementation
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Ukraine Passes New Energy Reform Legislation That Needs Implementation

In the past 5 years, Ukraine has adopted a slew of laws in keeping with its commitments to European integration and becoming closer to the EU energy market. At the same time, the country has had some considerable difficulties in the implementation of this new legislation. Energy efficiency Laws “On the Energy Efficiency of Buildings”,...

Ukraine Government Puts Forward New Climate Change Policies at COP 25
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Ukraine Government Puts Forward New Climate Change Policies at COP 25

At the end of 2019 Ukraine had several major events that will affect its climate policy. The new Parliament organized a hearing on “Priorities for Environmental Policy for the Next Five years”. During the hearing the Minister of Energy and Environment of Ukraine, deputies, and researchers presented a vision of the environmental priorities for the...

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