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2019-09-12 | Eco-technologies for the development of Moldova

Study visit to the wind and solar park for demonstration of the potential of renewable energy sources in Moldova and determination of their effective use.

The Alliance of Generations public association (Alianta intre generatii) from the Moldavian city of Falesti on August 2, 2019 organized study tour for six Moldovan NGOs - members of the CLEEN network and journalists (Moldova1; Rapsodia TV channel) who are interested in promoting eco-technologies. Participants visited the towns of Milesti and Vărăreşti (Nisporeni district) under the leadership of Corneliu Myrza, GlobEco, international expert on renewable energy sources, ex-vice minister of ecology of the Republic of Moldova.

In the village of Milesti, they visited a 38 kW solar park, thanks to which control panels, three water pumps, lighting and video surveillance operates for a drinking water pumping station. The mayor of the village of Radu Vyrlan and the staff of Water Supply Company Yuri Gheorghe and Vasile Dobynda explained technical details of the system. 

In the village of Varzareshti (Nisporeni district), participants observed the operation of a 1.5 MW wind turbine GE (GlobEco Service SRL). The wind turbine diverts electricity to the collector network, then through the 0.4 / 10 kV transformer and the 10 kV distribution system, the KPU is transmitted by the network of the GasNatural Fenosa system operator.

During the visit, in the village of Chuculeni, Hincesti district, experts Corneliu Myrza and Grigore Mustiase from the NGO “Colaborare” (a member of the CLEEN Network) were able to identify the reasons for the ineffective solar panels in the building of the Center for Social Action against Violence.

During the trip, local participants met with local authorities, talked about the CLEEN Network, and the prospects for developing energy-efficient non-traditional energy sources.
After the publication of information on social networks, 2 invitations from the village of Ignacei of the Rezinsky region followed with a request to increase the efficiency of their solar panel and identify problems in the operation of the wind turbine. In the village of Negureni, Telenesti district, the leadership of the fruit production company became interested in installing a wind turbine in its company. Our consultants are already familiar with the regulations to provide specific information and will soon go to these settlements.

Gheorghe Sova, “Alianta intre generatii” Moldova
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2019-09-06 | Days of sustainable energy start in Kamianske

From September 9 to September 15, 2019 in Kamianske (former Dneprodzerzhinsk), the action "Days of Sustainable Energy" will be held. This event is part of the European Covenant of Mayors initiative, which the city of Kamianske joined in 2015. Taking the opportunity, the Voice of Nature organization will hold information events for different categories of Kamianske residents on sustainable energy consumption.

During the Days of Sustainable Energy campaign in Kamianske, on the initiative of the Voice of Nature organization, the following events will be organized:

- Training for children (10-15 years) "School of the Young Climate Expert". The training participants will familiarize themselves with the presentation “What is sustainable energy consumption?” and will try to conduct thematic classes in their schools. The training for young experts will be organized on the basis of the NeCafe WONDERLAND on September 8 (Sunday) from 15:00 to 18:00. Participation in the training - by appointment by phone 067 254 82 19;

- Thematic presentations in schools. Lectures are planned in schools No. 3, 5, 15, 19, 28, 29, 30, 39, 42, 44 from September 9 to 13. Additional applications for lecturing in schools are accepted by phone 067 681 13 16.

- Street action "Charge with the energy of the Sun." The action will take place on September 14 from 12:00 to 16:00 on the square. P. Kalnyshevsky, in front of the entrance to the city park. During the action, city dwellers in the park will be able to charge their phones and other devices from the solar panel, as well as take informational literature on energy saving.

For reference:

The “Sustainable Energy Days” campaign is held annually in cities participating in the European Covenant of Mayors initiative. The parties to the agreement (the local city government) make voluntary commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save electricity, increase the share of renewable energy, and raise public awareness of the rules for sustainable energy consumption. In Ukraine, more than 40 cities have joined the Covenant of Mayors European Initiative.

Details:
Yevheniy Kolishevs’kyj,
Chief executive director, “Voice of Nature”,
Contact phone number 067-681-13-16

2019-07-05 | Climate message from heated Bonn

In Bonn (Germany) the session of climate negotiations ended. A member of the CLEEN network Gamarjoba (Georgia) took part in the event, the purpose was to harmonize the controversial points a “Rule  Book” of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Hot discussions took place with the background of heat waves that covered Europe: several temperature records were beaten in those days in Germany. The heat was added by public climate protests involving more than 40,000 activists in North Rhine-Westphalia, which began with an international mass demonstration of the Fridays for Future movement and grew into a blockade of coal sites.

The key objectives of the Bonn meeting were the preparation of a text to sign at COP25 in Santiago, Chile. After a long discussion in Bonn “unrecognized”, the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), devoted to one and a half degrees, remained. In a paper prepared last year, scientists cite facts about today's climate change parameters and make predictions about scenarios when temperatures rise above 1.5 ° C. Researchers strongly recommend that leaders start an immediate abandonment of fossil fuels. It was not possible to agree on the inclusion of the IPCC report in Bonn in the text of the Book of Paris Agreement: consensus was not reached due to the objections of the countries that are the largest producers of fossil fuels - Saudi Arabia, USA and Russia.

The hottest was the discussion on the Clean Development Mechanism (СDM), an economic tool after 2020 should contribute to the strengthening of activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable development mechanisms of the Paris Agreement may include not only market mechanisms tested in the Kyoto Protocol (carbon trading, clean development mechanism and joint projects), but also non-market mechanisms. For example, labeling. “Only the transition to 100% provision of energy from renewable sources will give mankind a chance to prevent an impending climatic catastrophe!” In front of the building where the UN climate talks took place the first global Renewable Energy Day. Eurovision winner, Ukrainian singer Ruslana - Renewable Energy Ambassador charged participants and delegates with songs about the elements of water, sun and wind.

On the eve of the Bonn session of negotiations, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association presented a petition for the World Renewable Day, calling for all future investments in the global energy sector to be sent for renewable energy sources. “Cities play a leading role in the transition to renewable energy, and some cities have set themselves the most ambitious goals in the development of renewable energy sources (RES) in the World. What motivates cities to make such decisions, where and how do they implement them? ”- The new report of REN21“ Renewable Energy of Cities ”will answer these questions, the preliminary findings of which were presented during the Bonn session.

The Below2 bulletin cites examples from the report: the Netherlands, in 2008, the district heating project was launched in the former city of Heerlene miners, which used an abandoned coal mine to produce geothermal heat and was specifically focused on the professional retraining of former coal industry workers. More than 60% of municipalities in Sweden collect food waste, which 5.2 PJ of biomethane is produced annually, used as fuel for local transport.

“The CLEEN network also actively involved in the process of improving the climate-friendly cities,” says Olga Podosenova (Gamarjoba). - Within the framework of the project “Public participation in the implementation of an ambitious climate policy” in Ukraine and Georgia, we analyze the Action Plans for Sustainable Energy Development (SEAP). On the one hand, this is public control over municipal development strategies. On the other hand, this is publicity work: we want to involve the number of citizens in conscious actions to protect the climate. ”

“A lot has changed since Katowice (СОР24), said Patricia Espinoza, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). - Now we are literally in an extreme climate situation.” Indeed, after the December negotiations, several countries and regions declared themselves “territories with extreme climatic situations”. According to the UN official report, it is expected that 80 countries, including such large pollutants as China, will announce an increase in their ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “We can no longer afford gradual progress in tackling climate change,” said Patricia Espinoza. “We need profound, transformational and systemic changes throughout society that are crucial for a future with low emissions and greater resilience.”

Some other important points and results of the SB50.

  • 9 developing countries (including Armenia) have demonstrated their ambitions and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • During the session “multilateral assessment” 19 developed countries presented their new climate goals and strategies. Britain and France have announced plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • A new climate change adaptation work program was agreed to be adopted at COP-25. The program of work includes scientific and technical achievements, as well as recommendations taking into account the traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples.
  • SB50 hosted the first meeting of the Platform for Indigenous Communities agreed on a program of work.
  • In the framework of the “Coronivia Collaboration on Agriculture”, delegates considered the agricultural sector as the basis of human existence, and also recognized that agriculture is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Experts have suggested options for how to implement autonomous and decentralized energy solutions for the rational use of energy and water in the agrifood chain.
  • A Climate and Gender Action Plan was presented.
  • Governments agreed on a draft decision to be adopted at COP-25 in order to improve education, awareness and public participation under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Details:

Olga Podosenova, NGO "Gamarjoba",
Phone number: +995579087918,
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2019-05-17 | Energy Efficiency comes to community

Armenian National YWCA NGO has become a member of CLEEN regional network since 2015 and tries to contribute to the challenges of local climate change processes with network member NGOs from Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia.

From February of 2019 Armenian Nationa YWCA NGO cooperating with Nika Intellectual Educational club is implementing  ‘’Energy efficiency comes to Community” project. This project’s aim is increase community awareness about  climate and energy efficiency among Noyemberyan region 19 community 22 school pupils and college students with alternative education methodology – organizing "WHAT, WHERE, WHEN" game-festival.

"WHAT, WHERE, WHEN", regional intellectual game-festival took place in Noyemberyan on April 13. The main focus was on environmental protection and energy efficiency.  Questions were played with issues related to local, national and international advanced experiences. 22 teams participated in the festival, many of them received certificates of attendance by guests and organizing committee, they were awarded incentive and thematic gifts. 15 school teams with high points reached the final stage of the Festival.

This min grant program has been implemented with the support of the Ukrainian Ecoclub, WECF, NATURSTROM and GLS Treuhand.

 

Contacts:

Aida Zurabyan, Armenian National YWCA, mini grant project coordinator,

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2019-04-08 | Sustainable energy plans - close to people

What should be the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) from the point of view of inhabitants of Tbilisi? The NGO “Gamarjoba” starts actions aimed at raising the awareness of residents about energy issues and SEAP understanding. Six organizations - members of the #CLEEN network from Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia, including “Gamarjoba”, began implementing mini-grants within the framework of the project “Management and Development of the Energy Efficiency CLEEN Network” with the support of Naturstrom and GLS Treuhand (Germany).
“The covenant of mayors should go beyond the statement of intent to reduce CO2 emissions. Signatories must not only create a sustainable environment in the ecological, social and economic aspects for the benefit of local residents, but be transparent to citizens and involve urban residents in climate-friendly activities, ” - says Olga Podosenova from NGO “ Gamarjoba ”.
According to “Gamarjoba”, quite a lot of progressive measures (transport, urban infrastructure, green space) are planned in the Tbilisi Action Plan. However, residents of the city do not know anything about these plans. At the same time, a survey on the distribution of budgetary funds, organized on the website of the Tbilisi City Hall, shows that for the article "Improving the ecological condition of the city," city residents cast 86% of the votes.

Last year, in the framework of the CLEEN project, the activists of “Gamarjoba” conducted a survey about the degree of public awareness about the possibilities and the need for energy efficiency. Most of the respondents are not sufficiently aware of the degree of importance of energy saving, its economic sense, and do not see the mechanisms and tools for implementation.
One of the “gaping holes” of the urban energy of Tbilisi and other Georgian cities is the residential sector. The vast majority of residential buildings in the country are not connected to centralized heating, and each owner independently resolves energy supply issues. Decentralized energy and the need to be responsible for the energy balance of your home puts every homeowner in a difficult position. When an apartment or house is not properly insulated, the landlord has to choose - either spend a fortune on insulation or suffer from the cold. There are no programs supporting initiatives to increase energy efficiency for the population at the state and municipal level. Meanwhile, #CLEEN views the Covenant of Mayors as an important tool for improving local energy policies and engaging public decision-making processes.

“Energy saving is economically advantageous,” says activist of “Gamarjoba” Lasha Tsiturishvili. - Energy saving measures are on average two - three times cheaper than the production and delivery to consumers of the same amount of newly received energy. In addition, the owner of a properly insulated house can spend about a quarter less money by reducing energy costs. This is all the more relevant because the most simple and elementary energy saving measures are available to everyone and can be applied in everyday life virtually everywhere. ”

In the near future, activists of the NGO “Gamarjoba” together with the young girls group #StrongGogo are planning to conduct survey on municipal energy plans, find out what should be the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) from the point of view of inhabitants of Tbilisi, and also - to release “Lifehacks on SEAP” - a brief summary with information on how citizens can participate in the implementation of SEAP: improve their living conditions and take care of the future of the city and its residents.

Details:

Olga Podosenova, NGO "Gamarjoba",
Phone number: +995579087918,
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2019-03-27 | Energy plans will be assessed in Georgia

The Sustainable Energy Action Plans of the three Georgian cities - Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Mtskheta will be evaluated the NGO “Gamarjoba” within the framework of the project “Public Participation in for Implementing an Ambitious Climate Policy”, which is implemented by participants of the CLEEN network in Ukraine and Georgia with the support of the Global Greengrants Fund.

Urban areas play a leading role in climate change mitigation because they consume three quarters of the energy produced in the European Union. Today more than 70% of CO2 emissions worldwide are in cities. Local authorities have every opportunity to change the urban structure and behavior of citizens in the territories and to address issues related to energy consumption.

The signatories of the Covenant of Mayors are cities of various sizes: from small municipalities to megacities such as London, Kiev, Paris and Tbilisi. To date, 173 municipalities of Ukraine and 16 municipalities of Georgia have joined the environmental-climate initiative and have created Sustainable Energy Action Plans.
By signing the Covenant of Mayors, local authorities pledged to deliver tangible CO2 emissions reductions by 2020 by increasing energy efficiency and investing in renewable energy. The Covenant of Mayors is seen by European Union institutions as an unprecedented model of broad movement and multi-level governance, involving local, regional and national institutions to achieve common goals in the field of climate and energy.

CLEEN views the Covenant of Mayors as an important tool for improving local energy policies and engaging public decision-making processes. The analysis of Sustainable Energy Action Plans of Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Mtskheta will be evaluated according to the SEAP public assessment methodology developed by the project initiators Ecoclub
(Rivne, Ukraine). It was first applied in Rivne in 2017, and in 2018, the methodology was used in 4 more cities of Ukraine. The methodology allows to analyze the environmental and climatic value and integrity of the Plans. It includes consideration of the main emission sources, the value of emission reduction commitments, the presence of promising goals and approaches, administrative and organizational implementation processes, and many important factors.

“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting territories to climate change is a new complex task that requires ambitious solutions, a multi-level approach, and interaction between government, business and civil society,” says Olga Podosenova from the NGO “Gamarjoba”. However, the global climatic goals of municipalities should also provide a positive socio-economic effect for the lives of ordinary people. We want to demonstrate all this with our project. 

In the near future, activists of the NGO “Gamarjoba” are planning to complete an assessment of the municipal plans and present conclusions and recommendations to the authorities and all stakeholders for public discussion.

The CLEEN network is an association of public organizations from 4 countries that promotes the development of regional partnerships in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to improve energy efficiency.

In the picture: parking of the airport of Tbilisi

Details:
Olga Podosenova, NGO "Gamarjoba",
Phone number: +995579087918,
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2019-01-24 | The CLEEN Project and Its Successes

The CLEEN Project, driven by WECF and 3 other local co-applicant organizations, strives to implement energy-efficient policies into local communities in 4 eastern European countries which are Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia

The CLEEN Project, which stands for Civil Society Local Energy Efficiency Network, driven by WECF and 3 other local co-organizations, strives to implement energy-efficient policies into local communities in 4 eastern European countries (Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia).

The CLEEN network does so by working with more than 30 civil society organizations, relying on and prompting the participation of civil society members. As such, it promotes the development of a regional partnerships between those organizations, and offers training on energy efficiency, energy-saving possibilities, renewable energies and political work such as public participation. Through such successful partnership, the CLEEN network ensures that local requirements are not overlooked and that a good organization and content cooperation is in effect. Finally, the training offers civil society organizations the tools they need to initiate and implement their own projects. For the past several years, the CLEEN Project has been very active and has had numerous successes and key achievements.

70 subgrantees

In the course of 2015, CLEEN has gotten more than 70 applications across the 4 countries, from which 30 Civil Society Organizations (CSO) were selected by an international committee to participate in the Mentoring Program as well as to receive funding. As a result of this, 28 CSOs in the regions improved energy efficiency in the 4 countries through small-scale initiatives to encourage reforms and raise public accountability. In addition to this, CSOs have interacted with more than a dozen local authorities to sign memorandums and establish cooperation for the years to come. Finally, in the year 2015, 10.000 local citizens benefitted from improved public participation and from the public services created by the CSO activities, and more than a million people were reached by the media. Among the CSOs in question is the Georgian Students for Energy Efficiency NGO, which organized a bicycle race promoting the slogan ‘I choose energy-efficient vehicles’ printed on t-shirts of the CLEEN Project.

40,000 beneficiaries

In 2016, the efforts continued as trainees completed their training exam online, and as sub grantee NGOs started to implement projects for energy efficiency in their communities. For example, in Moldova, Renastera Rurala and NPO Crio Inform worked together in 3 districts, at both district and municipal levels to implement an energy management system, as well as to raise awareness and conduct training. Both organizations successfully implemented energy monitoring and management in more than 20 institutions (schools, hospitals, etc.). To top this off, the Parliamentary Commission for Energy Security and the Ministry of Environmental Protection agreed to support the further implementation and development of the project. As a result of the sub grantees’ work in the 4 countries, 4 energy cooperatives have been established, and 4 local authorities have re-allocated funds to support energy efficiency. Moreover, a network of energy managers has been established in both Moldova and Ukraine. Overall, in the course of 2016, the number of beneficiaries increased to 40.000, as a result of the same public participation and public services promoted and implemented by CSOs.

Energy Cooperatives

Finally, 2017 was CLEEN’s best year yet: this was a year filled with agreements with local authorities. Decisions were taken, memorandums were signed, all in favor of supporting energy efficiency whether it was regarding utilizing public funds to finance energy efficiency (EE) measures in buildings, establishing specific departments, or creating working groups on EE, etc. In a nutshell, concrete actions were taken by local authorities to strengthen their performance in EE including capacity-building activities. At the same time, in Armenia, an energy cooperative was established, enabling civil society to transition towards renewable energy through the construction of wind, solar and bioenergy power stations, as well as through the democratic business model of energy cooperatives.

Energy Efficient Cities

CLEEN is thus active in many countries and at the head of many projects, which all have the aim of energy efficiency. For example, in Ukraine, it leads the Energy Efficient City project in Khmelnytskyi, which is an opportunity to integrate energy efficiency practices in the city. Indeed, this CLEEN initiative has resulted in successful initiatives, which include: the annual participation in the Days of Sustainable Energy, participating in the development of strategic documents in the field of energy efficiency, conducting the School of Energy Management and introducing energy-efficient events at the local level in public institutions, introducing an informal course on energy education, signing a memorandum on energy independence for the city, etc. Overall, this has created a favorable climate for the development of energy-efficient startups with local businessmen and developers.

 

This article is simply an overview of what CLEEN has achieved so far, as we are just beginning to witness the progress in the energy fields of Eastern European countries brought on by this network. We can expect much more in the upcoming years and WECF is certainly very happy and proud to see all these positive results, and to be a co-applicant of such a wonderful and purposeful initiative.

Watch the webinar, in which Illia Yeremenko, project coordinator at the NGO Ecoclub in Ukraine, shares exciting isights about the project development, difficulties and achievements in different stages of the CLEEN project and its compelling results.

2018-06-05 | Energy plans of cities must to lead to CO2 emissions reduction

Developing your city and saving the planet in the same time is possible by joining Covenant of Mayors. Signatories of the covenant have to develop a comprehensive plan to reform municipal energy sector in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Environmental NGOs have investigated to which extent plans of Ukrainian cities lead to these goals.

2018-04-25 | Forum of Environmental NGOs from Moldova: Edition 2018

During 2 days, representatives of the nongovernmental sector met in Chisinau at the traditional NGO Environment Forum of Moldova. The Forum was organized by #EcoContact, with the support of the Swedish Government.The Republican Center GUTTA-CLUB was represented by Kravciuk Natalia and Paun Denis.

2018-02-21 | CLEEN Success stories from Ukraine

Khmelnytskyi Youth Development Club (Khmelnytskyi, Ukraine)

For three years Khmelnytskyi Youth Development Club has participated in the CLEEN network, and have formed a social platform at the local level, which has united active experts in the area of energy efficiency.

2018-01-04 | CLEEN Happy New Year Greetings

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas from our all international CLEEN family! May the upcoming year will be filled with joy, excitement and balance with the Nature.

New month.

New beginning.

New mindset.

New focus.

New start.

New intentions.

New results.

Happy new Year!

2017-11-17 | Fishes will „heal“ the Blue Lake

On the 11th of November, 2017, the ecological organization “Voice of Nature” initiated the action “Let’s bring life back to Blue Lake”. 263 kg of young fish, small carp and silver carp, were put into the lake to counteract its overgrowing with algae. The representatives of publicity, business and science took part in the action.

Fish will help the lake to become cleaner

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