Towards Sustainable Development and Energy Efficiency with USAID

Insufficient level of professional qualification of the energy managers of the municipalities, or lack thereof, is one of the main barriers that prevents Ukrainian cities from successfully moving towards sustainable development and energy efficiency. Representatives of NGO "School of Energy Efficiency" and the US Agency for International Affairs discussed issues regarding the need to increase the level of professional training of relevant specialists to further improve the functioning of energy management systems in cities, including by attracting resources provided by international technical assistance projects. Development (USAID).

Taking into account USAID’s many years of successful experience in implementing energy-efficient projects, the parties outlined the possibility of involving relevant experts in the development and implementation of energy-management training programs for each city with comprehensive legal, legislative, financial and technical knowledge.

Following the meeting, an agreement was reached to support USAID in further developing the necessary foundation for the successful functioning of such programs.

From USAID, the meeting was attended by Andriy Nesterenko, Senior Specialist in Energy and Municipal Finance, Sucru Bogut, Senior Energy Advisor for the Economic Growth Division, and Luis Velazquez, Specialist in Energy.

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