Lviv is one of the pilot cities in Ukraine for developing a strategy of “green city” development in all areas – water and wastewater, transport and mobility, landfill and more. The project is funded by the EBRD. On February 13th at the session of the Lviv City Council the consultants of the Green Cities Action Plan presented the elaborated “Green City Action Plan for Lviv”.
“The plan presented is being developed in collaboration with the EBRD. This is a new initiative and new international assessment standards, as the EBRD is currently planning to realize its largest investments in “green technologies”. And we, like Europe and the whole world, are moving towards “green technologies”.
The purpose of this Plan is to select the areas that are most important for the city to be safe and environmentally friendly. Therefore, this Plan shows in what areas of life it is necessary to invest in order to achieve the goals of the Green City – high quality of life, safety, environmental friendliness “, – said Alexander Kobzarev, Director of the CO City Institute.
Bob Bailey, director of Enviros, reported on the development of the Green City Action Plan (GCAP) for Lviv.
The Green City Action Plan is a new innovation tool developed by the EBRD, OECD and ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). The first GCAP project (Tbilisi) was completed by the EMPRESS / ENVIROS consortium in 2017. Two more GCAPs have been completed since then, with 18 more being under development, 8 of which are near completion.
Lviv will be the first city in Ukraine to develop a GCAP. This will use all the previous experience of developing such Plans. The Plan’s vision for 2035 is “A clean, vibrant and active city for all” – said Bob Bailey, director of Enviros.
According to him, the priorities of the Green City Action Plan for Lviv are:
– Improvement of the waste management system, in particular – construction of a new waste management facility, improvement of collection and reuse systems, and reconstruction of the old landfill;
– reconstruction and restoration of the wastewater treatment plant, reduction of leaks in the water supply system and reconstruction of the wastewater treatment plant;
– transport and its effects on air pollution, noise pollution and congestion, improvement of energy efficiency in buildings and the use of urban renewable energy;
– improvement of the territory and quality of green areas in the city, etc.
For each area, the specific measures to be taken and the necessary financial investments were outlined.
“We have tens of millions of euros support from our donor organizations, and it is an honor for us to listen to them at the session. It is important. No city of Ukraine has such support as Lviv. I am grateful for their work, it is very important for us, ”- said Andriy Sadovyi, Mayor of Lviv.
The Green City Action Plan is an EBRD program that sets out a green city development strategy across the board – water and sanitation, transportation, waste and landfill management and other environmental issues needed for sustainable urban development. The program provides the involvement of consultants to prepare a Green City Action Plan document, a strategy that will incorporate all measures that the city needs to take (consolidation of all other city programs) to ensure sustainable development. The plan can then be used for long-term planning of future investments on the city’s development, attracting loans and grants from international financial organizations.
Lviv is a pilot city in Ukraine. The initiative is funded by the EBRD. The Bank, in particular, selected a contractor – the Czech consulting company Enviros (23 years of experience in national and international projects).
Presentation of the Green City Action Plan GCAP Lviv: [Ukrainian only]