European ecology standards in the Dnipropetrovsk region

Vice President, head of the Foreign Economic Relations Department of the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry, head of the «Green Chamber - Initiative for Sustainable Development» project, which, since December 2015, is implemented by the Dnipropetrovsk Chamber of Commerce & Industry under the support of the Program of promoting green modernization of the Ukrainian economy, which is executed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government, Sergiy Kucheryavenko took part in the meeting, which was held at the Dnipropetrovsk regional council.

To discuss environmental issues and international cooperation in this area, there were invited head of the Dnipropetrovsk regional council Hlib Prygunov, First Secretary of the German Embassy in Ukraine Sebastian Knoke, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Donetsk with temporary location in the city of Dnipro Wolfgang Messinger, representatives of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, leaders of regional institutions.

The Dnipropetrovsk region is the first among regions of Ukraine, where «green» modernization of the economy is implemented on industrial facilities. This European approach allows solve a number of industrial environmental problems in the region, to provide «green» light to foreign investment in Ukraine and to train Ukrainian enterprises to work considering world operational standards.

Last year the Dnipropetrovsk delegation visited Germany, where gained the experience on the waste processing plants. German experience formed the basis of the regional solid waste management strategy. Series of activities were conducted: forums and seminars for businessmen, managers of municipal enterprises on which trained how to implement «green» technologies in the work of organizations and businesses.

Another area of work towards «green» modernization is solution of the problem of Kryvbas highly mineralized mine waters. Already been developed technical terms for the project preparation entitled: «Optimization of mine water surplus discharges and their partial or total recycling».

The final version of the technical terms was announced among process participants. In February will be announced the winners among the German companies, which will prepare technical and economic substantiation of the project, how safe and ecologically solve the highly mineralized waste water problem. Among the most acceptable options - water flushing and cleaning of the Ingulets River channel.

The parties also discussed prospects of cooperation expanding. In particular, they talked about collaboration in the contest of energy saving projects of local governments and united local communities, creation by German businesses new jobs in the Dnipropetrovsk region, particularly in the agricultural sector, implementation of alternative facilities of energy by converting of plant waste to biofuel. In turn, the German party proposed participation in the new program for the know-how exchange between the cities of Ukraine and Germany. It provides for experience exchange in Ukrainian cities interested in projects in different spheres of life.

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