Global Eco-Industrial Parks Programme - Ukraine: Country Level Intervention


On March 17, 2021, the GEIPP Ukraine Project held the first of two workshops dubbed Transition to EIP in Ukraine. The event brought together 69 participants representing Ukrainian IPs (owners, management, and tenants) in 20 regions. The participants were introduced to the topics of the EIP international framework, examples of its implementation, and international investors’ requirements for EIP.

According to Christoph Hugi, Professor of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, one of the presenters at the workshop, the EIP model is based on the principles of sustainability and inclusion, which are achieved by cooperation among the IP tenants and efficient management. The lack of a common approach to efficient EIP implementation has created a background for EIP international framework development. The International framework will guide the IPs on their transition into EIPs, and serve as a standard for many countries seeking sustainability.

Generally, eight factors are influencing EIP efficiency, notably legislation, financial stimulus, EIP status, economic diversity in the region, geographical location and infrastructure, added value creation, cooperation with RandD companies, and institutional environment. The international survey of 168 EIP conducted by the Swiss Federal Environmental Office in 2014 showed that the leading success factors out of the abovementioned are cooperation among the tenants and efficient management, followed by EIP status, added value creation, and EIP legislation development. Mr. Hugi also provided examples of three EIPs in Germany, South Korea, and Sweden. By implementing some of the factors these EIP succeeded in upscale resource-efficiency, decrease CO2 emissions, and wastes and establish a dialogue with the local community.

Flora Conte, an international expert of the Carbotech AG defined the main selection criteria of international investors. According to her, the international investors focus not on the profit only, but on the way to achieve it. In Europe, it’s a common practice that both producers and consumers pay attention to the economic and social aspects of production. In Ukraine, investors can be demotivated by air pollution and improper waste management. In this regard, EIPs can attract investments.