Bank seeks consultants for Ukraine carbon program

The World Bank seeks expressions of interest from consultants to promote carbon emissions reduction markets in the Ukraine. Responses are due October 31.

The World Bank recently signed an agreement with Ukraine utility OJSC UkrHydroEnergo for purchase of 1 million carbon dioxide emission reduction units resulting from the Ukraine’s World Bank-funded Hydropower Rehabilitation Project. (HNN 9/28/06)

In the latest initiative, the bank seeks to develop capacity in the Ukraine to develop Joint Implementation projects, which are established in industrialized countries under the Kyoto Protocol to reduce emissions thought to contribute to global warming.

The World Bank said the Ukraine presents opportunities for Joint Implementation projects in power, gas, energy efficiency, and waste management areas.

Renewables including hydro seen as suitable for program

The bank added that renewable energy projects employing small hydro, biogas, wind, and solar energy are particularly suitable for smaller community development carbon fund projects. Ukraine’s Parliament has advanced legislation that would allow privatization of small hydro projects, including many that are inactive or in need of renovation.

The World Bank seeks consultants to coordinate with the bank and potential local partners to raise potential developers’ awareness of carbon finance opportunities and to help developers review project ideas for eligibility and present them for consideration.

Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 6 p.m. October 31 to the World Bank at the address below. For information, contact Jane Ebinger (ECSSD), Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank, 1818 H St., N.W., Mail Stop: H11-1102, Washington, DC 20433 U.S.A.; (1) 202-473-0204; Fax: (1) 202-614-1582; E-mail: jebinger@worldbank.org.

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