U_CAN | Ukraine towards Carbon Neutrality

U_CAN facilitates a practical bottom-up approach with Ukrainian cities towards climate neutrality. In line with EU Open Science Policy, the project seeks to contribute to greater knowledge generation.

U_CAN facilitates a practical bottom-up approach with Ukrainian cities towards climate neutrality. Following the European standards and the European Green Deal (EGD), the project starts with a core group of 8 Ukrainian cities, Dresden as a Mission City, NGOs and research institutions. In line with EU Open Science Policy, the project seeks to contribute to greater knowledge generation.

The EU mission “Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities” (CNSC) aims to achieve key EU policy priorities derived from  the European Green Deal (EGD). A core ambition of the EGD mission is to facilitate a Europe-wide transition to  climate neutrality by 2050. This necessitates a cross-sectoral approach to create synergies between cities already  committed to achieving climate neutrality by 2030 and those aiming for the same by 2050. Despite Ukraine’s current focus on delivering humanitarian and essential services due to ongoing conflict, the government expressed its intent  to embrace the EGD in 2020 along with several Ukrainian municipalities who have voiced their willingness to set climate neutrality targets. In response to this imperative, the vision of the Project ‘U_CAN Towards Carbon Neutrality of Ukrainian Cities’ is to seamlessly integrate Ukrainian cities into the collective vision of the EGD  by bonding them with best-practice European counterparts – namely selected CNSC mission cities – through  the usage of advanced tools and methods for institutional networking, knowledge transfer and innovation  management.

The mission encompasses five key objectives:  

1) to support Ukrainian cities that are willing to transition to climate neutrality in developing context specific climate strategies;

2) to identify key sectors in Ukraine for climate transitioning. This includes identifying critical sectors that  require transitioning including industrial decarbonisation, energy transition, nature-based solutions, etc;

3) to facilitate CNSC twinning activities, fostering the exchange of best practices in climate action. This  facilitation includes connecting CNSC Mission cities as pioneering examples and mentors for Ukrainian cities in  achieving climate neutrality;

4) to facilitate local Pilot initiatives as indication of on-ground efforts demonstrating feasibility and  benefits of climate-neutral measures. This will also propagate tangible efforts in terms of replication and knowledge exchange between Ukrainian partner cities and other cities in Ukraine;

5) to facilitate awareness building among a wider group of Ukrainian cities. This will ensure the  dissemination and exploitation of project results for long-term impacts on Ukraine’s alignment with the EGD.

Yulia Rozumenko Communications and Community Officer

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