Mongolian Parliament and Government Policy Makers get first-hand insight to Sweden and USA on GE policies

Mongolia, 2-16 December 2015 - With the support of PAGE and the US Embassy, a study group made by Parliamentarians and government decision makers went to Sweden and the United States (2-16 December 2015). The group was led by Mr. Sundui Batbold, MP and Chairman of the Parliamentarian Standing Committee for Environment, Food and Agriculture, and included representatives of the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism, the Ministry of Finance as well as the Ministry of Construction and Urban Development.

The objective of the study tour was to get first-hand insights about implementing green economy policies, in particular in the areas of green buildings, resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and local green development. In Sweden, the study visit participants met over 10 people and in the USA they met nearly 60 people.

In Sweden the delegates visited the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the Ministry of Environment and Energy and also made an excursion to “Norra Djurgårdsstaden,” a newly built area with sustainable housing. The objective of the study tour was to get first-hand insights about implementing green economy policies, in particular in the areas of green buildings, resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and local green development.

The study visit to the United States was funded through the International Visitor Leadership Programme of the US Government. The focus of the study visit was on examining policies and actions to promote resource efficiency and green buildings. The group visited three cities: Washington DC, Boston, Massachusetts and Minneapolis, Minnesota to take part in several appointments, such as visits to the US Departments of State  and Energy, Alliance to Save Energy, and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Green Building Program.

Following the study visit the visitors have proposed a number of actions to consider and implement in the future, including:

  • Take actions to collaborate with the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and Ministry of Environment and Energy in the area of national sustainable development goals;
  • Initiate collaboration between Lund University, Uppsala University and Mongolian universities and initiate activities to introduce concepts on green and circular economy in the university curriculum;
  • Join 10YF Programme of UNEP, in particular green education and lifestyle and sustainable building streams.
  • Renew Mongolian building norms and standards in harmony with Eurocodes, make efforts to apply a new set of standards for the structural design of buildings and civil engineering works and learn from experiences of European countries including Sweden, Norway and Switzerland;
  • Explore opportunities for the development or purchase of a software programme that enables cost benefit analysis of building at planning, construction and operations stages;
  • Initiate collaboration with civil engineering and urban development schools in Europe and the USA to train graduate students in the fields of urban planning, civil engineering/green building and  green technology, and to strengthen skills development for building professionals;
  • Conduct a study on the possibility of processing construction waste and make construction materials for new buildings as well as the use of Tetra Pack boxes and bottles as insulation materials;
  • Conduct a study to introduce the green building certification programme ‘Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design’ (LEED) and take stepwise actions to introduce it to the construction sector of Mongolia;
  • Organise a green city planning and development forum to raise awareness among policy makers, decision makers, professionals and the public;
  • Conduct a study on the feasibility of initiating a pilot green city project.