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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

2017-11-09 | Pupils flashmob for a sustainable community

The last steps were done for the Project of CLEEN 2017 in the district of Mets Mantash.

A fleshmob was done with pupils, in which 28 pupils from The High School of Mets Mantash, and also 18 pupils from high classes of Tsaghkahovit district participated, which made a good cooperation among that districts.

2017-11-08 | Energy efficiency for the pristine capital of Georgia

The NGO Gamarjoba (Tbilisi), the initiative group Mtiuli (the village of Bevreti) and the municipality of Mtskheta agreed сoncern cooperate on sustainable development, energy efficiency and clean energy. The signing of the Memorandum of Cooperation was held within the framework of the CLEEN project.

2017-11-05 | CLEEN statement in regards to COP23

CLEEN statement in regards to COP23

CLEEN network unites 28 local CSOs in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and Armenia. It supports and develops the efforts of non-government organizations in Eastern Europe and Caucasus who work out the issues of energy efficiency and locally resist climate changes.

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