Vadim Boichenko at the conference in London: Mariupol is on the path of green sustainable development

04 July 2019, 13:50
Society, Ecology

Today, July 4 the Green Cities: Building a Better and More Sustainable Future for Cities conference has been opened at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. The event is attended by the representatives of the Greater London Administration, mayors and officials from the EBRD Green Cities, financial institutions, and specialists in urban planning and urban climate. Mayor of Mariupol Vadim Boichenko is among the honored guests.

The meeting will highlight the latest trends in financing green cities. From innovative technologies to sustainable infrastructure investments. Participants will discuss how to ensure a better and more sustainable future for cities and their inhabitants.

It should be noted that Mariupol has become the 25th city in the world and the third city in Ukraine, which has joined the Green Cities program of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Now Mariupol is on the list along with Lviv and Kiev, which have already taken the path of solving environmental problems.

‘To improve the ecological environment, an integrated approach is needed. Ecology is a broad concept that also includes work on improving the system of water resources management, waste disposal, reducing the level of air pollution and managing a small ecology. These are the vectors which are necessary to be worked with in order to reach a new level. Mariupol is on the path of a sustainable green development. Now we are building a new ecological environment,’
Vadim Boichenko noted during the conference.

Mayor of Mariupol said that the city cooperates with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development fruitfully in this direction. Thus, in May 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding on the Green Cities Program was signed with the EBRD. Mariupol enlisted the support in finding funding for important environmental projects. With EBRD expert support, Mariupol will develop a Green Sustainable Development Strategy. It is designed to solve the key environmental problems of the city and reduce emissions into the atmosphere. They will develop key areas such as transport, energy efficiency, waste management, water resources and small ecology.

The first will be a project to upgrade the infrastructure of solid waste. Its goal is the reclamation of existing landfills, the construction of a new landfill and a plant for the treatment of solid waste. The French company ‘Beten Ingenierie’ will help Mariupol in this. The complex will include minimizing the disposal of garbage at the city landfill and increasing its disposal to 60%. An expert evaluation of the proposed options is underway. The following aspects are developed and considered: composting and sorting. It is planned that the design capacity of the landfill will be 126 tons per year.

In addition, with support of the EBRD, the city will acquire 72 new trolley buses and will reconstruct the depot and contact network along one of the central avenues. The total investment is EUR 18 million. 15 million - loan funds and 3 million - grants. The acquisition of new transport is a part of the development strategy of the city’s transport infrastructure.

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