ICF Consulting Appointed by European Commission under €1.25 Million Contract to Advise Belarus and Ukraine on GHG Emissions Management
Technical Assistance to Support Climate Change, Energy Supply, and Environmental Issues
London, United Kingdom, May 4, 2004 -
The European Commission’s TACIS programme, providing technical assistance for newly independent states, has appointed a team led by ICF Consulting to provide advisory services to the Governments of Belarus and Ukraine over 2004-2006 to support the countries’ implementation of international climate change commitments. With the accelerating growth in their economies, the Governments of Belarus and Ukraine face difficult decisions relating to energy supply and a range of environmental issues, including ensuring sufficient capacity to manage their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions profile.
"We are pleased to be retained for this project and are eager to build on our decade long experience with climate change issues in the Former Soviet Union and the established presence of our Moscow Office,” says Abyd Karmali, ICF Consulting’s Director of European Climate Change Services. “The EU Emissions Trading Scheme and other emerging emissions trading schemes in countries such as Canada and Japan will present excellent opportunities to companies in Ukraine and Belarus to sell GHG emission reductions created through Joint Implementation, one of the flexibility mechanisms included in the Kyoto Protocol. The groundwork needs to be in place to enhance capacity in the government and private sectors to ensure that both Ukraine and Belarus can implement their climate change commitments in a way that creates maximum economic opportunities.”
Alexei Sankovski, ICF Consulting’s Team Leader for the project added, “Our role is to help strengthen the capacity of both nations to develop their GHG emission inventories; prepare Joint Implementation projects; and raise the awareness about global climate change issues with policymakers and other stakeholders. As Belarus and Ukraine modernise their economies it is critical that they attract new green investments in the energy, industrial, and agricultural sectors to reduce GHG emissions while improving production efficiency. ICF Consulting will actively engage local government and industry stakeholders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in both countries to build nation-wide climate policy consensus and develop “win-win” technological and operational solutions in GHG emissions abatement.”
About ICF International
ICF International (Nasdaq: ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver consulting services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, transportation, social programs, defense, and homeland security markets. The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program life cycle, from analysis and design through implementation and improvement. Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 1,800 employees serve these clients worldwide. ICF’s Web site is http://www.icfi.com.