The Low Carbon Ukraine (LCU) project

The Low Carbon Ukraine (LCU) project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) and supported by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

How We Work

The LCU project is designed to work in a demand-driven, results-oriented, and open manner. Instead of offering ready-made solutions, the idea of the LCU project is to identify the relevant questions together with Ukrainian decision-makers and to tackle these questions in co-creation with Ukrainian experts. This implies that project outputs shall, if possible, be co-authored by Ukrainian experts, which ensures the political relevance of the treated topics, optimally utilises local knowledge, and enhances political ownership. Moreover, co-creation helps to strengthen analytical capacities in Ukrainian authorities and civil society on a long-term and sustainable basis.

By developing an energy model for Ukraine, the LCU project team will explore major trade-offs, interdependencies, drivers and uncertainties in long-term planning. The rigidities of a modelling framework will thereby help to ensure consistency of the arguments and hence allow a fruitful discussion. Regular bilateral meetings with the most important stakeholders will identify the relevant topics for policy making in Ukraine, thus ensuring that the project always works in a results-oriented way. Moreover, all publications are made accessible for the public.

Our Team

Dr. Georg Zachmann

Project Leader

Robert Kirchner

Project Backstopping

Ina Rumiantseva

Project Manager

Dr. Frank Meißner


Clemens Stiewe


Julia Breuing


Anna Temel


Yanina Valasach

Project Assistant

Ilona Kaiser


Background and Motivation

Ukraine’s energy sector is important for the country’s economy as it accounts for about 13 % of its GDP. Yet, Ukraine is among the least energy efficient countries in Europe, which drags down economic growth and has left it vulnerable to political pressure from energy suppliers. Moreover, Ukraine’s energy sector currently faces a number of other – often intertwined – challenges such as a longstanding investment backlog, loss-making state-owned companies, and increasing energy cost for households.