Significant change story: ECOSYSTEM PARTNER

What is the most significant change you experienced during ILCA-project life-time?

Why you consider this as the most important?


Savonia University of Applied Sciences

Saara Karkulahti, Project manager (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment )

“Hello. I’m Saara Karkulahti from the North Savo ELY Centre*. I’m in charge of the Carbon Neutral North Savo project, which is a coordination project for regional climate work. We have been involved in this ILCA project by monitoring and supporting the implementation of the climate roadmap and testing the concept in different countries. In my opinion, the most significant thing here has been that we have noticed that the climate roadmap modelling works in other places, i.e. we have been able to test it and found that it works. And in addition to the modelling, another important thing has been that the climate measures that we have modelled in the road map in North Savo are actually quite similar elsewhere. Of course, there are regional differences of this kind, but in principle, so many of the climate measures that have been included in the climate roadmaps are very similar. “


Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University

Volodymyr Havresh, Director of Ukrdrevexim LLC

“Good afternoon, I am Volodymyr Havresh. I am a half-owner and director of Ukrdrevexim LLC, which is engaged in wood processing and exporting products to the markets of Europe and Asia. I am also a member of the Bukovyna Entrepreneurs Club. We have attracted funding to introduce innovations and create jobs. I was repeatedly invited by the university authorities to attend business incubator events as part of the ILCA project for students. I had the honour to be present at a discussion on innovations in the field of ecology, climate change and the development of environmentally related projects and start-ups.

I also talked about my principles based on my company, as an example, people saw how developed the environmental component is within the framework of global climate change. At this event, the Innovation Week, I saw the activity of students who created start-ups, we discussed these start-ups, where they focused on the environment, how interested they were in it, how much they understood the importance of the environmental component in business development. And today, I would like to say that this is one of the markers that the European Union looks at and equates Western companies and governments that encourage business to be environmentally friendly.

Using the example of my company, I shared with the students how the eco-component works in today’s business, based on the enterprises of the European Union and the world, where the FSC certificate that my company has received indicates that the forest that I purchase for my company as raw materials and finished products from it is purchased in accordance with the current legislation of Ukraine, absolutely legally, this is the first thing. Secondly, the main thing is that it does not harm the environmental situation in the region where it was bought and cut, so I used this example to prove to the students that the environmental component has a significant impact on the development and profitability of the business. I would definitely like to work with students again, because the main motivation is when you share your experience with them and feel what they need. In conclusion, I would like to say that the startups presented by the students, some of their ideas interested me, I made notes and am planning to meet with these students to discuss further cooperation or implementation. Thank you for your attention.“


King Danylo University

Lyudmila Sheyko, Head of the Prykarpattia Eco-Energy Cluster

“Hello, my name is Lyudmila Sheyko, I am the head of the Prykarpattia Eco-Energy Cluster. To the question What exactly do I see as the most significant changes from participating in the project:
I can clearly say that it is the strengthening of cooperation between different parties of the city government, scientific institutions, public organizations. We are observing a shift towards a more integrated and proactive approach in solving of common climate challenges.

Why? The answer is simple First of all it is difficult to unite different stakeholders. Аnd even when climate challenges are our common problems combining the resources of competences and efforts of different parties is not easy. But at the same time, we can achieve greater results more creative innovative solutions, contribute to this is a way of more sustainable development and the very basis of the development of an eco-conscious society.“

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