• T. Zhidkova O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv
  • Y. Selikhova O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv
Keywords: ecological situation, energy efficient ecological settlement, sustainable development, Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), renewable energy sources.


The article is devoted to the study of the ecological situation in Ukraine, defining the role, prerequisites and measures for the organization of energy-efficient ecological settlements in sustainable development, as well as the analysis of domestic and foreign design experience.

The world we live in is on the brink of global catastrophe. After analyzing acute environmental problems, it was found that one of the main ways to preserve and restore natural resources, as well as improve the environmental situation is the development of energy-efficient ecological settlements.

Energy-efficient ecological settlements have become particularly visible since their articulation as a social movement, since 1994, namely since the establishment of the Global Network of Eco-Settlements (GEN). Such communities existed long before the term ecovillage was founded. Ecovillages demonstrate a different way of life, aimed at a better quality of life, while reducing the ecological footprint.

The idea of implementation and development of these settlements is based on solving environmental, economic and socio-cultural problems. The creation of eco-settlements is based on more relevant factors and principles, the main of which are environmental. The plan of ecological restoration and protection of the environment is possible due to the factors of organization, the main components and measures of designing energy-efficient ecological settlements in compliance with political goals. The study focuses on the special characteristics and principles of designing energy-efficient ecological settlements with low consumption of resources, which present innovative technologies, architectural planning, spatial composition, environmental and economic measures.

Examining the principles and means of organization as well as the concept of sustainable development, it was found that these settlements meet all 17 global goals of sustainable development, through smooth integration and adaptation to the local natural and social environment.

After defining the role in sustainable development, the most influential examples of domestic and foreign projects on urban planning aspects of the formation and spatial organization of energy efficient settlements in the dynamics of their historical development are analyzed.

Such settlements will grow out of the needs and opportunities caused by new environmental constraints (due to the high population density in cities), a new level of consciousness and the need to rebuild their own state.

Author Biographies

T. Zhidkova, O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv

PhD, Associate professor of the Department of Urban Development

Y. Selikhova, O.M. Beketov National University of Urban Economy in Kharkiv

postgraduate student of the Department of Urban Development


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How to Cite
ZhidkovaT., & SelikhovaY. (2021). PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATION OF ENERGY EFFICIENT ECOVILLAGE. Municipal Economy of Cities, 1(161), 2-7. Retrieved from