The EU-funded EU4Environment Programme is expanding its activities and supports the green industry recovery and relocation of Ukrainian enterprises!
Since the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by the aggressor country began, over 400 enterprises have been damaged or destroyed, 15% of which are large and medium-sized companies and the rest are small.
Due to Ukraine’s aspiration to become a full-fledged EU member-state, the Ukrainian industry is going to be rebuilt with the implementation of modern green technologies, resource saving and energy efficiency concepts.

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A greener industrial sector is crucial for the development and resilience of our economies and societies. Enhancing industry’s resource, energy and carbon productivity is particularly significant in the case of Ukraine, where the current context demands an approach focused on the resilience, recovery and reconstruction of industries. Taking stock of this year’s challenges stemming from the aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, as well as of the support provided by the European Union (EU), including through the EU4Environment programme, was in the focus of the annual national conference on circular economy (15 December 2022). Read More





A series of three trainings became the logical continuation of the online information event as of October 20, 2022 (“Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and its benefits for manufacturing enterprises”). The trainings were united not only by the generalized title “Deep dive into PEF”, but also by the core topic – all of them were focused on studying the methodologies of product environmental footprint assessment and product life cycle analysis. Each three-hour training had its own title and covered a certain amount of quite complex and somewhat new material for Ukrainian specialists. All trainings were held online on the Zoom platform. Read More





The RECP Centre announces a call for small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the pilot Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) assessment within the framework of the EU-funded EU4Environment Programme.

The enterpises participating in the pilot project will be able to:
      – Open the way to EU markets;
      – Find out opportunities to reduce the product environmental footprint;
      – Test PEF methodology at their enterprises;
      – Apply international expertise;
      – Improve their own supply chain and use of resources;
      – Save money and production resources;
      – Improve the company image and meet modern requirements of environmentally responsible buyers;
      – Change the production business strategy.

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With the support of UNIDO and the European Union (EU), Ukraine is making progress on the path towards industrial recovery, making it a green, resilient, and sustainable one.

Initiated with an online event (20 October 2022) on the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology and its benefits for manufacturing enterprises, the conversation on green and sustainable production has quickly gained traction among Ukrainian manufacturers and producers. This is because now, more than ever, green initiatives and sound methodologies are needed to enable enterprises to effectively improve the sustainability of their supply chain and production processes. In this sense, a PEF study can provide valuable insights into the most impactful ingredients, processing steps, or life cycle stages of a product, making, therefore, the perfect starting point for the reduction of their environmental impact.

Everyone from Brussels and the European Union Member States is looking at the Ukrainian people with great admiration, as the EU candidacy of Ukraine further formalizes that, indeed, Ukraine is part of the EU family. Seeing the increasing opinions, documents, and analyses from think tanks, government entities and NGOs, one line that is becoming urgent is the need for the reconstruction of the economy – this has an apparent win-win situation, as it can be achieved as a green economy. In Ukraine’s path to its accession to the EU, the changes needed at the industry and company levels are strongly linked to the mindset of the EU regarding how economic growth should take place. In difficult times of energy crises and resource scarcity, a sustainable, circular, net-zero economy is the solution, said Mr. Gregory Tsouris, Counsellor, Green Deal, EU Delegation to Ukraine.

Despite the challenging times Ukraine is facing, 115 representatives from national organizations, industrial enterprises, local authorities and agencies, business associations, and NGOs from Ukraine tuned in for a three-hour discussion dedicated to the potential of PEF and the opportunities it presents for those industries wishing to market their products as environmentally preferable on the EU market and beyond. 

We are already discussing the issue of turning our manufacturing into an environmentally friendly one and are taking concrete steps towards a Circular Economy. This assures us once more that we are on the right path, the European one, and that our manufacturing is aligning itself with it as well. In the framework of EU4Environment and with the support of our international partners, we continue implementing these goals in line with the EU Green Deal. Moreover, a month ago, the Ministry created a specific department to continue the political, technical, and operational path towards a green and circular economy, said Mr. Yevheniy Fedorenko, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine.

For companies trying to market their products as environmentally friendly, striking the right balance between market opportunities and market challenges can be difficult. The availability of wide variety of “green” or “eco” labels – each with its own methodological requirements, can result in additional costs or delays for the companies, and in confusion for the consumers. To address these issues, in 2013, the European Commission introduced the Product Environmental Footprint under the Single Market for Green Products initiative.

In the EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) region, including Ukraine, UNIDO is responsible for introducing the PEF methodology and engaging with the industrial sector. Here, we do not only speak with industries, but we initiate and promote platforms at national and global levels to help them with the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Promoting these goals and indicators, and translating them concretely, at the enterprise level, is one of our main goals. This is because, beyond the current difficulties, there is a global triple crisis that is affecting biodiversity, inducing climate change and escalating resource depletion. In this regard, working with industries on which products they bring onto the market gives us the opportunity to help make the industrial economy a circular one, said Ms. Tatiana Chernyavskaya, EU4Environment Project Manager, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Unit, UNIDO.

In this sense, a PEF study can be used to improve the strategic planning of production by looking at materials, suppliers, and portfolios to inform customers and stakeholders of the environmental performance of products and their export potential to the dynamic market of the EU. This approach is particularly topical as it is supported by a strong and coherent product policy framework that will make sustainable products, services, and business models the norm rather than the exception. For more information about the introduction of the PEF methodology in Ukraine and the EaP region, please read the EU4Environment leaflet.



Ms. Tatiana Chernyavskaya, EU4Environment Programme Manager, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Unit, UNIDO
Mr. Andrii Vorfolomeiev, Director, Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Centre in Ukraine


About EU4Environment
The “European Union for Environment” (EU4Environment – Green Economy) Action helps the Eastern Partnership countries preserve their natural capital and increase people’s environmental well-being, by supporting environment-related action, demonstrating and unlocking opportunities for greener growth, and setting mechanisms to better manage environmental risks and impacts.

It is funded by the European Union and implemented by five Partner organizations – OECD, UNECE, UNEP, UNIDO, and the World Bank – over the 2019-2024 period, with a budget of ca EUR 20 million.

For more information, please visit and here



Russia’s aggressive full-scale war against Ukraine this year, like the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, shocked Ukrainian business and the entire civilized world, too. Locally, the war has already been going on in Ukraine since 2014 in the East, where all heavy Ukrainian industry is concentrated. Starting from February 24, 2022, manufacturing enterprises have again suffered and faced a number of challenges, among which the most difficult is relocation from the sites of hostilities to the West of Ukraine.

Similar to 2020, the RECP Centre did not stay away from the national problem and became concerned about the state of entrepreneurship in war conditions. In July, a survey of large, medium and small enterprises was initiated to investigate the real situation and the needs of those companies. Based on the results of the data obtained, we analyzed the possibilities for developing business support solutions to resume work, improve economic and environmental performance.

We invite you to study our research in English translation by this link.





On 20 October 2022, between 14:00-17:00, stakeholders interested in or working on green economy, circular economy, resource efficient and cleaner production (RECP), and environmental protection are invited to an online event about the introduction of the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) under the European Union’s Single Market for Green Product (SMGP) initiative.

The target audience consists of representatives from organizations, industrial enterprises, local and national authorities and agencies, business associations, NGOs and other stakeholders. The event is also open to the general public and will be conducted in English and Ukrainian (with simultaneous interpretation).

To attend the event, please register here.
The Agenda of the event is available here

The objective of the event is to introduce the potential impact of PEF as a tool for national industrial branches to export to the EU Single Market. In this sense, the manufacturing sector in Ukraine will be offered the opportunity to apply the PEF methodology to specific products, based on the interest of local industries, the capacity of national experts, and the available data to conduct Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) of specific products in the country.

What is Product Environmental Footprint?
PEF is a multi-criteria measurement of the environmental performance of a good or service throughout its life cycle. It was introduced by the European Commission in 2013 under the Single Market for Green Products (SMGP) initiative to enhance comparability within a product category, and give clear indicators to producers and consumers. PEF information is produced with the purpose to reduce the environmental impacts of goods, taking into account their supply chain activities (from the extraction of raw materials, through production and use, to final waste management). In brief, PEF is the EU-recommended tool to quantify a good’s environmental impacts.

Currently, in the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) region, the PEF methodology is promoted as an activity led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), through the EU-funded EU4Environment Action.

Here, the planned work for 2022-2023 includes
         – mapping existing practices and barriers to introducing PEF and comparing those
            to the available labelling schemes
         – raising awareness and understanding of the opportunities and benefits
            of the SMGP  initiative through PEF application
         – leading the way to piloting and promoting PEF in selected EaP industries

The EU4Environment Programme will
         – make local stakeholders aware of the potential benefits and impact of applying PEF
         – create local capacity in the EaP region
         – help the national industries be better prepared for policies involving PEF
         – provide learning opportunities for local experts to master the PEF
            application within their national context

Advancing Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) – English and Ukrainian.







The Fourth EU4Environment Regional Assembly gathered in Paris on 22 and 23 September 2022. The event was held in a hybrid format, so live communication took place in the International Energy Agency, and those who could not come in person joined the event via Zoom.

The main objectives of this event were to:
     – take stock of the Programme implementation and showcase the main achievements;
     – review the updated country specific and regional work plans for 2022-23;
     – review the governance arrangements and discuss the implementation of the communication activities. Read More