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Ukrainian City receives International Recognition for Innovative Green Course

10/ 01/ 2022
  Khmelnitskyi wins OGP Local Innovation Award for Green Action Plan and Educational Space “Gufi Center” Kyiv, January 5, 2022 – In December, the Ukrainian city of Khmelnytskyi has received a prestigious Local Innovation Award during the 10th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The nomination was given to the city for its endeavours in building a greener and sustainable community’s economy, in particular for the development of the Green City Action Plan and opening of an interactive waste treatment education space “Gufi Center”. This year, 36 applicants from the European region were competing for the OGP Local Innovation Award, which is highly coveted and brings attention to a city that has an innovative commitment that is new, relevant, feasible and creates value. Ukraine was presented by two cities: Vinnytsia with Liason Offices for Citizen Participation project that took a third place and this year’s winner Khmelnytskyi with Formation of the Green Course Action Plan project. Furthermore, Ukraine also won OGP Impact Award for an electronic trading system Prozorro. The establishment of the Green Course Action Plan (GCAP) and a waste treatment educational space for schoolchildren, students and adults are launched within the Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi project as part of the EBRD umbrella program Green Cities. The project is co-financed by the EBRD and an investment grant from the EU Neighborhood Investment Platform and implemented by Smart Environment Khmelnytskyi Implementation Office and technical consultant experts Egis. For the first time in the history of the Global Summit, Ukrainian cities have applied to participate. It was important for us to present the ongoing initiatives in Khmelnytskyi: the creation of the Goofy Center and the development of the Green City Action Plan. The victory was a pleasant surprise and a great honour. Khmelnytskyi aptly demonstrated how to bring changes and take actions following an open government course and taking care of the environment. Now other cities come to us to learn and we are open to share our experience and develop further, comments Oleksandr Simchyshyn, mayor of Khmelnytskyi. “Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi would help the city to achieve Ukrainian waste management strategy, European Circular economy tasks and Zero waste ideology. The project includes the construction of a new landfill, rehabilitation of the existing landfill including, installation of a new joint leachate treatment system, construction of a materials recovery facility, and supply of new landfill equipment,” says Sigitas Rinkevicius, project manager and Egis expert. Over the last few years, striving to become greener, smarter and more sustainable, Ukrainian cities have been applying for various international programs and initiatives. For instance, Ukraine has more participating cities in the EBRD Green Cities program than any other economy to date [1]. With financial support from the EBRD and consultancy expert advice, the cities establish a sustainable vision for the future for their residents. For instance, Dnipro cooperates with Egis as a technical consultant to develop and implement a tailor-made Green City Action Plan. Egis experts also greatly contributed to the successful implementation of the local sustainable public transport, wastewater treatment, district heating projects in Lviv, for which the city won the EBRD Sustainability Awards last year. About Open Government Partnership Summit and Award The OGP Global Summit is an annual event that in 2021 took place in Seoul, the Republic of Korea on December 15-17. The event is organized by Open Government Partnership, a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on improving government transparency and accountability, anti-corruption, digital innovation and governance, public participation and civic space. The organization consists of 78 countries and 76 local governments, and thousands of civil society organizations as members. About Egis Egis is a major international group in the construction engineering and mobility services sectors whose unique global service range encompasses infrastructure consulting, engineering and operation. Since 1996 Egis has been present in Ukraine, contributing to the development projects in such sectors as roads and highways, water, environment and energy, ports and inland waters, aviation, urban planning, public transport, railway and buildings. The company has a staff of 150 employees, main office in Kyiv and project offices in Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro, Kherson, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia, Poltava, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Mariupol. With a combination of international and local expertise, Egis offers in Ukraine a full range of services such as feasibility studies, detailed design, traffic studies, PPP structuration, institutional support, technical assistance to municipalities, central authorities or private clients, as well as construction supervision services and project management for any type of project. Providing technical consultancy on the project Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi Egis experts are responsible for the assistance with tendering and procurement processes, control over compliance with all the EBRD requirements, technical supervision and optimization of the project implementation office. About Smart Environment Khmelnytskyi Smart Environment Khmelnytskyi Office was established in June 2016 by local authorities for promoting new waste management standards in the city of Khmelnytskyi and implementing the Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi project. The unit collaborates closely with the EBRD and Egis waste experts and have jointly developed a course that is a one of a kind in Ukraine. The strategy seeks to comprehensively address municipal waste issues and influence the citizens environmental awareness, shaping environmentally conscious behavior in the field of solid waste management system and the impact of garbage on the environment. The project would assist the city with the alignment of the long-term development goals with an aspirational green growth agenda that is a climate neutrality of the city of Khmelnytskyi by 2050. Moreover it would provide investment benefits for the city across multi-sectors. [1] https://www.ebrd.com/news/2021/kharkiv-becomes-an-ebrd-green-city-.html

Khmelnitskyi wins OGP Local Innovation Award for Green Action Plan and Educational Space “Gufi Center”

Kyiv, January 5, 2022 – In December, the Ukrainian city of Khmelnytskyi has received a prestigious Local Innovation Award during the 10th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit. The nomination was given to the city for its endeavours in building a greener and sustainable community’s economy, in particular for the development of the Green City Action Plan and opening of an interactive waste treatment education space “Gufi Center”.

This year, 36 applicants from the European region were competing for the OGP Local Innovation Award, which is highly coveted and brings attention to a city that has an innovative commitment that is new, relevant, feasible and creates value. Ukraine was presented by two cities: Vinnytsia with Liason Offices for Citizen Participation project that took a third place and this year’s winner Khmelnytskyi with Formation of the Green Course Action Plan project. Furthermore, Ukraine also won OGP Impact Award for an electronic trading system Prozorro.

The establishment of the Green Course Action Plan (GCAP) and a waste treatment educational space for schoolchildren, students and adults are launched within the Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi project as part of the EBRD umbrella program Green Cities. The project is co-financed by the EBRD and an investment grant from the EU Neighborhood Investment Platform and implemented by Smart Environment Khmelnytskyi Implementation Office and technical consultant experts Egis.

“For the first time in the history of the Global Summit, Ukrainian cities have applied to participate. It was important for us to present the ongoing initiatives in Khmelnytskyi: the creation of the Goofy Center and the development of the Green City Action Plan. The victory was a pleasant surprise and a great honour. Khmelnytskyi aptly demonstrated how to bring changes and take actions following an open government course and taking care of the environment. Now other cities come to us to learn and we are open to share our experience and develop further,” comments Oleksandr Simchyshyn, mayor of Khmelnytskyi.

“Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi would help the city to achieve Ukrainian waste management strategy, European Circular economy tasks and Zero waste ideology. The project includes the construction of a new landfill, rehabilitation of the existing landfill including, installation of a new joint leachate treatment system, construction of a materials recovery facility, and supply of new landfill equipment,” says Sigitas Rinkevicius, project manager and Egis expert.

Over the last few years, striving to become greener, smarter and more sustainable, Ukrainian cities have been applying for various international programs and initiatives. For instance, Ukraine has more participating cities in the EBRD Green Cities program than any other economy to date [1]. With financial support from the EBRD and consultancy expert advice, the cities establish a sustainable vision for the future for their residents. For instance, Dnipro cooperates with Egis as a technical consultant to develop and implement a tailor-made Green City Action Plan. Egis experts also greatly contributed to the successful implementation of the local sustainable public transport, wastewater treatment, district heating projects in Lviv, for which the city won the EBRD Sustainability Awards last year.

About Open Government Partnership Summit and Award

The OGP Global Summit is an annual event that in 2021 took place in Seoul, the Republic of Korea on December 15-17. The event is organized by Open Government Partnership, a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on improving government transparency and accountability, anti-corruption, digital innovation and governance, public participation and civic space. The organization consists of 78 countries and 76 local governments, and thousands of civil society organizations as members.

About Egis

Egis is a major international group in the construction engineering and mobility services sectors whose unique global service range encompasses infrastructure consulting, engineering and operation. Since 1996 Egis has been present in Ukraine, contributing to the development projects in such sectors as roads and highways, water, environment and energy, ports and inland waters, aviation, urban planning, public transport, railway and buildings. The company has a staff of 150 employees, main office in Kyiv and project offices in Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro, Kherson, Kryvyi Rih, Zaporizhzhia, Poltava, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and Mariupol. With a combination of international and local expertise, Egis offers in Ukraine a full range of services such as feasibility studies, detailed design, traffic studies, PPP structuration, institutional support, technical assistance to municipalities, central authorities or private clients, as well as construction supervision services and project management for any type of project.

Providing technical consultancy on the project Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi Egis experts are responsible for the assistance with tendering and procurement processes, control over compliance with all the EBRD requirements, technical supervision and optimization of the project implementation office.

About Smart Environment Khmelnytskyi

Smart Environment Khmelnytskyi Office was established in June 2016 by local authorities for promoting new waste management standards in the city of Khmelnytskyi and implementing the Modernization of solid waste infrastructure in Khmelnytskyi project. The unit collaborates closely with the EBRD and Egis waste experts and have jointly developed a course that is a one of a kind in Ukraine. The strategy seeks to comprehensively address municipal waste issues and influence the citizens’ environmental awareness, shaping environmentally conscious behavior in the field of solid waste management system and the impact of garbage on the environment. The project would assist the city with the alignment of the long-term development goals with an aspirational green growth agenda that is a climate neutrality of the city of Khmelnytskyi by 2050. Moreover it would provide investment benefits for the city across multi-sectors.

[1] https://www.ebrd.com/news/2021/kharkiv-becomes-an-ebrd-green-city-.html

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