Ecoaction supports the cornerstone goals of Ukraine’s Recovery Plan Blueprint1 (hereinafter — the Plan), which was presented on July 4–5, 2022. The Plan relies on sustainability, recovery, modernization, and European integration. Importantly, recovery assumes the preservation of the focus on decarbonization and integration of climate goals into all sectors of the economy and social life.
The growth of GDP and the economy in general, mentioned in the Plan, will play a significant role in the recovery process; however, for Ukraine’s sustainable development, it is also important to consider environmental and social aspects. Only in this case will it be possible to ensure high-quality and sustainable recovery for generations.
Despite the right guides, the Plan looks rather scattered and seems to provide separate, often competing, projects, rather than a holistic vision of the country’s development. Thus, it suggests both advanced and necessary solutions — transition to clean carbon-free technologies in metallurgy, replacement of fossil gas with renewable energy sources in heating, and plans to integrate decarbonization into all economic sectors — and dangerous ones that are inconsistent with each other. In the course of further work on the Plan, it is highly important to exclude:
Construction of new nuclear power plants, this is incompatible with the plans of transition to renewable energy sources and involves an unjustified risk of accidents;
Weakening of environmental control instead of reforms. Effectiveness of compliance with environmental legislation should be increased and state monitoring of environment should be introduced;
Deregulation and simplification of access to subsoils and expansion of the mineral and raw materials base of Ukraine;
Increasing the volume of livestock production without the use of technologies to reduce emissions and recycle waste from sector. It is necessary to prioritize the development of scattered, small and medium-sized farms (as opposed to concentrated industrial livestock plants).