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Ukraine cities gear up to run on local clean energy by 2050

By District Energy posted 12-14-2018 00:00


Angelina Davydova, Thomson Reuters Foundation


As Ukraine promises to strengthen its climate action plan, moves by cities to go green are showing the way, experts say.

KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fossil fuel-dependent Ukraine will strengthen its climate change action plan under the Paris Agreement to curb global warming, its government said at U.N. climate talks in Poland this week.

Four Ukrainian cities also reaffirmed their goal of shifting to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, announced this year.

Svitlana Romanko, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia director for climate campaign, said Ukrainian citizens and mayors were showing that a rapid and fair transition to clean energy was "both possible and popular".

"The new national target should reflect and build on these cities' climate and energy plans," she added.

Ukraine has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030, under the 2015 Paris accord.

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