Energy efficiency in small municipalities in Ukraine – in cooperation with integration experts and international experts in other fields
Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) – Volodymyr Peregudow

2018 – 2020

Energy efficiency in the country’s building stock plays a key role in Ukraine. Rising energy prices and high levels of energy use make improvements indispensable in private and public buildings. The introduction of municipal energy management systems in small Ukrainian municipalities is designed to optimise public buildings and serve as best practice for replication in privately-owned building stock.

Project implementation coordination, topic-related training supervision and aligning training to the needs of the project municipalities in cooperation with the national trainers and commissioning bodies, reporting and evaluation of project results. Since 2020 development and design of trainings in form of Web-Seminars.


China Integrated Waste Management (IWM) for Nationally Approved Mitigation Actions (NAMA)
Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) – Mingyu Qian


The transformation of the urban waste collection and disposal sector towards a low-carbon path with reduced carbon emissions and co-generation of energy is a crucial task within China’s environmental strategy. Through piloting the Best Available Technology (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) of IWM systems in three demonstration municipalities, capacity building and regulatory policies will be strengthened. Further repli-cation in other municipalities can drive the change in this sector.

Participation in the project´s Kick-off Conference; Presentation of European best practice and moderation of a workshop with municipal examples from Chi-na; first discussion with Chinese experts for the development of adapted Key Performance Indicators (KPI) for future measurement and monitoring of the NAMA project; supervision of the selection application document.


Energy Efficiency in Small Municipalities in Ukraine – In cooperation with eza!, Energie- und Umweltzentrum Allgäu and the West-Ukrainian Regional Train-ing Center, Lviv
Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) – Volodymyr Peregudow


Energy efficiency in the country’s building stock plays a key role in Ukraine. Rising energy prices and high levels of energy use make improvements indispensable in private and public buildings. The introduction of municipal energy management systems in small Ukrainian municipalities is designed to optimise public buildings and serve as a best-practice for replication in privately-owned building stock.

Definition of energy management for small municipalities and competition for participation in the energy management training project, onsite needs analysis for small municipalities in conjunction with the respective city mayors and project developers, design of basic workshops, evaluation of the Ukrainian energy services market and development of a promotional programme, consultant to giz during the concrete training phase.


Establishing Energy Agencies in Ukraine
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) – Robert Künne


Experience gained in Europe shows that the involvement of local and regional energy agencies can significantly improve energy supply in various sectors (e.g. buildings and heating). Most of all, these agencies’ neutral advisory function leads to great acceptance among cooperation partners and local residents alike.

Project development and management: Support in establishing an energy agency in Odessa, management of the entire process to develop the sustainable energy action plan, support in implementing and developing a business plan, development of a final brochure and initiation of international projects and cooperation partnerships.

Link and brochure

Integrated Urban Development in Ukraine
Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz)/Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft – Matthias Brandt


Climate action as a sub-component or plan plays a key role in integrated urban development. In the four Ukrainian project cities, no experience has been gained to date with regard to planning and communication policies for use in climate action and energy supply in building planning and neighbourhood development.

Integration of the existing sub-plan on climate and energy into the Integrated City Development Plan, analysis of the relevant municipal processes and structures, and the various sub-plans for completeness and cooperative further development with the project managers, inclusion in regular municipal budget planning. Presentation and training on integrating energy-related topics into urban development planning and the development of new development areas in the project municipalities.


German-Chinese Cooperation on Renewable Energy
Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) /Nationale Energy Agency China (NEA) – Sandra Retzer, Paul Recknagel

2015, 2017, 2018

Climate action plans and sub-plans are still the exception in Chinese municipalities. The project thus follows the strategy of using German experience with energy and climate action plans in municipalities in the form of three pilot projects. Design and experience in developing these pilot plans is to be replicated and dissemi-nated over time.


  • 2018: Participation in a planning workshop for the three project phases: Presentation of German experience, support in project design and expert talks regarding the design of guidelines for municipal climate action plans
  • 2017: Analysis and evaluation of the energy plans against the backdrop of municipal expectations, demands and the implementing stakeholders
  • 2015: Development of a city competition for climate action plans, focusing on renewable energy (entry criteria and requirements), development of struc-tures and stakeholder environments for one of these special municipal tasks, stakeholder organisational chart and inclusion of German expertise in the development of plans, basic project organisation and ideas to promote ongoing implementation after the pilot phase


Network for Energy Efficient Cities in South-East Europe (NEEC)
Open Regional Fund (ORF), Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) – Dubravka Bosnjak


The Balkan capitals – Podgorica/Montenegro, Sarajevo/Bosnia-Herzegovina, Skopje/Macedonia, Zagreb/Croatia and Tirana/Albania – have joined the Covenant of Mayors. In line with their obligations to develop and implement their Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs), giz supports the city administrations in both technical and organisational terms.


  • Advising the municipalities in the building of structures and processes for municipal climate action, providing support in developing their Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) as members of the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) and in project implementation
  • Establishing municipal management structures, presentations on specialist topics, organisation of expert tours and excursions, individual consultation services and design of workshops in the partner cities
  • Moderation of strategy workshops with the client on further developing the network





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“For certain you have to get lost to find a place as can’t be found. Elseways everyone would know where it was!”
Captain Hector Barbossa, in Pirates of the Caribbean, At World´s End


I find my inspiration in two key and what at first glance appear to be entirely opposing ways. First, my curiosity and my quest for creative solutions – especially where they do not readily come to mind. Second, concentrating on what is doable in a given situation.


A happily married father of two children who are firmly on their way to becoming adults. I’ve played football for as long as I can remember. In my active football days, I obtained a trainer’s license and trained several youth teams. I keep fit with Nordic Walking and Beach Volleyball and have been practising Yoga for more than 30 years. I love to travel and consider myself fortunate in being able to travel with my work. I try to keep my carbon footprint low by cycling in and around Freiburg whenever I can.


Since 2014
Freelance consultant. Support services for (among others) municipal processes for sustainable urban development, Smart Cities, cooperation with the science and research community and practitioners at national and international level.
Municipal energy and urban development: Head of the Energy Department, City of Freiburg – responsibilities included integrated climate action plan, energy and urban planning, stakeholder involvement and cooperation, international city networks.
Municipal waste management: Deputy Operations Manager Waste Management, City of Freiburg (regional cooperation, waste management plan, industry planning)
Municipal waste management: Head of Waste Operations, Bad Duerkheim County (waste management planning, industry plan) Local Agenda 21 Representative, Public Relations Spokesman
Degree in Geography, majoring in Urban, Energy and Climate Geography, University Saarbruecken, Germany
Further Training
Parkhouse Leader 1:1 Programme English for Business, Parkhouse Training, Wales
Group Dynamics, Juergen Kugele, Management Trainer, Berlin, Germany
Leadership Training – Employee and Conflict Management, Leadership through Target-Setting and Agreement, City of Freiburg
Project Management, Institute for Vocational Training and Project Management, Freiburg, Germany
A current, detailed CV is available upon request.




„My “a-ha!” moment occurred in a participatory workshop on transformation of municipal processes. In an expert-facilitated workshop, a group of strangers met over a challenge presented by one of our members, and we dove right in. We discovered that we had the world-wide diversity and experience to work together to find solutions for the Mayor of a small, economically challenged port town seeking to lead his citizens to prosperity beyond dependence on carbon-based fuel…. Start where you are, and lead collaboratively.“
Environmental and Sustainability Manager, City of Spokane, Washington
Renewable Cities Global Forum 2017, Vancouver, Canada – Workshop on Transformation Management





“Putting the ball in the net is what counts” Football adage


In moderated (on-line and off-line in form of Web-Seminars) dialogues and workshops, I oversee the change processes that are needed. Improved, optimised communication and cooperation to meet situational needs – both within an organisation and with project partners – lie at the forefront of these activities.


  • Projects involving sustainability and shaping the future (environmental/economic and structure/process)
  • Municipal waste management, energy supply and climate change management
  • Integrated urban development processes
  • Clarification and definition of the task at hand and the ultimate project aim: What, why, how, who, when
  • Recognising the dynamics and interests involved
  • Design of communication, cooperation and policy structures
  • Developing mutual understanding and benefit for all involved
  • Project implementation and ongoing reflection of the agreed responsibilities, tasks and goals
  • International development cooperation, including Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz), government organisations, ministries
  • Cities and municipalities at national and international level. In Germany: Munich, Frankfurt, Kaiserslautern, Constance. International: Lviv in Ukraine, Madison in the US.
  • City networks for climate change action and sustainability: Climate Alliance, Energy Cities, Iclei, World Future Council, Sustainable Cities International – Vancouver
  • Institutes: Ifeu-Institut – Heidelberg, Oeko-Institut – Freiburg, Fraunhofer Society, Ecologic Institute – Washington DC, German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) – Berlin
  • Universities: TU Berlin, FU Berlin, University of Freiburg, University of Luxembourg
  • Energy agencies: eza! Energie- und Umweltzentrum Allgäu; Energieagentur Regio Freiburg
  • Energy suppliers: badenova AG – Freiburg, BC Hydro – Vancouver




NEW URBAN AGENDA, SMART CITIES, INDUSTRY 4.0, DIGITALISATION – buzz words that come up time after time in connection with the future of cities. But what do they mean and what role do they play in project implementation?

Questions such as “where are we and how did we get here?” are just as important as those we ask when looking ahead to the future: Where do we want to go and why? How can we use modern technology to get there?


The challenges faced by city systems and city decision-makers today call for solutions that serve the common good.

The inevitable contrasts and interfaces which emerge in the analogue and digital worlds need to be merged, halted or used as a counterbalance to across-the-board calls for disruption and even for creative destruction.