2019-09-26 | Energy Efficiency of Moldovan Institutions

CLEEN activists in Moldova conducted 4 meetings dedicated to the principles of using renewable energy sources and energy efficiency.

The team of the Falesti District Public Library named after Eminescu, is already implemented interesting projects for example: the MediaTek project for youth and a special project for educating retirees. But now they will also be able to disseminate information about energy efficiency.

The same knowledge got the students of the Theoretical Lyceum "M. Eminescu” in the city of Ungheni and the Theoretical Lyceum “Ion Creanga” in the city of Falesti. Now they do not even have to go to the library to replenish their knowledge in field of RES and energy efficiency - as part of the meeting with their teachers, books and a informational stand were given.

A meeting was also held with doctors and the management of the Sanepid Falesti Center. Usually hospitals and medical facilities consume a lot of energy. Hospital staff just starting to think about reducing energy consumption and about energy efficiency. The discussion allowed to answer the most provocative questions and allowed to discuss possible projects in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency, which can be implemented in medical institutions.

These meetings served as a good start to further cooperation in the dissemination of knowledge about energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Meetings were conducted within the framework of the microproject “Higher Engineering for Sustainable Industrial Development”, which was implemented as part of the WECF project “Management and Development of the CLEEN Energy Efficiency Network”, funded by Naturstrom Stiftung and GLS Treuhand.

Gheorghe Sova, “Alianta intre generatii” Moldova
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2019-09-25 | Experience in creating business models from CLEEN

One of the CLEEN tasks is the formation of the concept of the relationship between NGOs and the business. Some NGOs-member already practice business models in strategic planning in their organization.

For example, the Georgian organization Akhaltsikhe Center for Social Development (SDCA) and the Ukrainian organization Agency for Economic Development are ready to share their experience in this area.

To organize a business, first of all it is necessary to study the legislative base of your country on the issue of social entrepreneurship.

In Georgia, as Nugzar Tateshvili from the SDCA said, when an NGO starts to produce or sell something, the ordinary tax system without benefits is “turned on”. But NGO has the right to receive “donations,” and the cooperatives it has created can list donations without problems, even when the NGO is the founder of the cooperative. For cooperatives, this amount donated is exempt from income tax.

The Agency for Economic Development also studied the legislative framework of Ukraine on this issue, and since 2012, they have been providing paid services to legal entities and individuals. In 2018, income from “services” in the organization’s budget structure amounted to 20%. AED has several programs that provide themselves from local resources and use business models in their work.

Here is a list of AED services:

 - accounting services for Associations of condominiums (outsourcing);

- services for thermal imaging, energy certification of buildings, energy audits, assessment of air quality and artificial lighting.

- services of environmental experts;

- training courses: for accountants, English, 3D modeling, MS OFFICE

- conference-service, trainings;

- consulting on strategic planning and business planning for NGOs, authorities and business.

Thanks to AER in the Nikolaev area long-term programs work:

- School environmental competition "Life without garbage";

- Revolving fund supporting condominiums;  

If you want to know more about the work of business models, you can consult:

"Agency for Economic Development"

Voznesensk, Ukraine

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NGO SDCA / Society Development Center of Akhaltsikhe /

Akhaltsikhe, Georgia

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2019-09-19 | Dust against the sun in Kamianske (Ukraine)

In Ukraine, in the cities that signed the Covenant of Mayors European Initiative, from September 9 to 15 took place Sustainable Energy Days. In Kamianske (formerly Dneprodzerzhynsk), on the initiative of NGO Voice of Nature public, during the Days of Sustainable Energy campaign, the following events were organized: the School for the Young Climate Expert, training, lectures in educational institutions, and the Charge on the Energy of the Sun campaign.

From the very first days of the signing of the Covenant of Mayors, Voice of Nature has been actively participating in local government events aimed at raising citizens' awareness of issues related to sustainable energy consumption, as well as fulfilling voluntary commitments.

The idea to prepare a team of young climate experts in Kamianske was born in early 2019 during the preparation for the international Earth Hour action. The essence of the idea is to expand the reach of the target audience in the school environment, among which the Voice of Nature organization carries out information work. During the training School of the Young Climate Expert, Voice of Nature activists familiarize children with thematic presentations and teach the rules of lecturing. The composition of the team of the first young experts is still small, but the reading of test lectures proved that this idea is promising. Students of gymnasium No. 39 became the most active participants in this experiment.

During the street rally “Charge with the energy of the Sun”, which took place on September 14, 2019, the Voice of Nature organization invited passersby to familiarize themselves with recommendations for sustainable energy consumption, as well as recharge their mobile phone or other equipment from the solar panel. The booklet “5 Important Tips on Implementing Energy Saving Activities” was prepared as part of the CLEEN project (“Energy Efficiency: Building Local Coalitions”), it contains recommendations and answers to frequently asked questions about energy efficiency in everyday life. The electronic version of the booklet can be downloaded on the website: www.voice.dp.ua Also, during the course of the project, a solar panel, a battery and a current converter were purchased to popularize renewable energy. According to the Voice of Nature, dirty air in industrial cities can create additional difficulties for promoting renewable energy. During the “Charge with the Energy of the Sun” campaign, the solar panel had to be dusted twice. Industrial dust (iron oxide, graphite, etc.) may well reduce the efficiency of both solar panels and wind generators.

“In the Kamensky townspeople, who are trying to independently install and operate solar panels and wind generators, they complain that dirty air has a bad effect on the efficiency of the equipment. If this is indeed the case, then experts who assess the potential of renewable energy in Ukraine should take this negative factor into account. Due to weak environmental control by the state and local governments, the problem of industrial air pollution has become urgent in Ukraine for all industrial cities, ”, said Yevgeny Kolishevsky, executive director of the Voice of Nature public organization.

*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. The city of Kamenskoye signed an agreement in 2015.

Posted by Evgeny Kolishevsky, Executive Director of Voice of Nature

Contact phone: 067 681 13 16

Photo: Julia Grigorenko

2019-09-13 | The best climate toast: the result of the competition!

Georgia ends voting for the best climate toast. The competition for feasting “climate” speeches was organized by the NGO Gamardzhoba as part of the CLEEN network project with the support of NATURSTROM and GLS Treuhand funds.

About a thousand people voted for the best and most instructive toast on climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Many texts were rated as worthy. The winner received about 200 votes.

In the list from which you could choose one toast you liked - 21 essays. Among them are toasts in Georgian and Russian. Renewable energy, energy efficiency - this is what the future of the inhabitants of sunny Georgia is impossible without - this idea can be traced in all creative texts invented by the inhabitants of Georgia.

"We wanted to include Georgian people's creativity in the direction of an ecological worldview, to create understandable images and messages on climate topics for everyone," - says Olga Podosenova from Gamardzhoba. - "We wanted to draw the attention of the residents of Georgia to the topics of energy efficiency, renewable energy and climate change, to make us think about it. And it worked out."

For Georgians, a toast is a small prayer for life: for health, prosperity, gratitude, a dream and hope for the future. At the time of making a toast, Georgians talk about what is not always possible to say in the hustle and bustle of life. True Georgian toast is distinguished by sublimity and sincerity, it incorporates the wisdom of centuries and the sparklingness of the moment. Climate change is a topic that concerns everyone today. We inextricably connect all our hopes for our prosperous life and the future of our children with a favorable environment and peace.

A few days ago, the winner of the contest - the author of the most “popular” toast will be awarded with a solar-powered charger. And the best 20 toasts will be included in the collection “FOR WORTHY CLIMATE, GENATSVAL!”, which will be released in Russian and Georgian.

BEST CLIMATE TOAST:

Finding himself at death, the father left an equal inheritance to his sons. The older one bought a new car, the middle one spent money on entertainment, and the younger one, remaining in the old house, bought a solar battery so as not to pay for electricity and save some money. Time passed, the older brothers went broke and were left with nothing, and the youngest was able to repair the house and buy chickens. Then he sold chickens offspring and with that money bought rabbits, cows, a pig, and also an electric car and a new solar battery. So slowly he was able to accumulate a large fortune. Seeing the success of his brother, the elders came to him and asked for money, but the brother gave them solar batteries instead. Let's drink for small but successful ideas, for the benefit of environmental technologies and the bright future of our children!

Contacts:

Olga Podosenova, NGO Gamardzhoba
Tel .: +995579087918,
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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

2019-07-17 | Insulate houses - save the forests!

Within the framework of the WECF project “Management and Development of the CLEEN Energy Efficiency Network (EECCA Region)”, funded by NATURSTROM and GLS Treuhand, the microproject “House insulation - preservation of forests of the Lori region of Armenia” was successfully implemented. The activities were carried out by Eco Lore (Armenia).

In the two villages of Gulagarak and Gar-gar, which are located in the forest part of the Lori region, next to the Gulagarak Arboretum, meetings with residents on energy saving in buildings were held. The houses are heated mainly by firewood, stoves with low efficiency, which affects the forests located around the villages and the Arboretum.

To visually demonstrate the possibility of reducing energy consumption in two communities, Gulagarak and Gar-gar conducted an energy audit of houses. Experts evaluated the level of thermal insulation of houses and showed the owners ways to improve thermal insulation. The houses are in different conditions - some of the houses are relatively well insulated, some do not even have elementary heat-insulating qualities: broken windows, poorly closing doors, and a leaky ceiling. The level of thermal insulation does not always correlate with the well-being of the owners. Lack of information, a low level of knowledge about the importance of proper insulation, the popularity of myths (insulation is very expensive) discourages people from trying to warm their homes at least a little.

During the energy audit one owner were found and it should be noted separately. Without a special education, he himself built a fairly energy-efficient house with well-made thermal insulation. He gave calculations proving that due to energy saving he burns firewood three times less than his neighbors do.

About 40 most interested people attended thermal insulation training. It was shown in practice simple and effective methods of thermal insulation of houses. They were convinced that to reduce firewood consumption (so to reduce the number of cuttings) by 40-50% is completely realistic.

Details:

Manya Melikjanyan, President of  "Lore Eco Club" NGO

Coordinator of Stepanavan Aarhus Center 

Address:  62 Kamo St, Stepanavan, 1905, Armenia 

Tel/Fax: +374 256 22477 Mob.: +374 93 315108

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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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2019-04-15 | EARTH HOUR 2019 in Kamianske (Ukraine)

On the initiative of NGO Voice of Nature, the city of Kamianske (former Dniprodzerzhynsk) took an active part in the international campaign Earth Hour 2019. The Voice of Nature thanks everyone who has joined the action and supported its holding, namely: the public institutions of NeKafe WONDERLAND and Pizza Celentano, the city federation of Kyokushin-kan karate, the department of ecology and natural resources, the department of humanitarian affairs of the city advice.

Voice of Nature forms a team of young climate experts

The Earth Hour international event was born in 2007 and was initiated by the Wildlife Fund (WWF). Since 2008, the action has become international. The city of Kamenskoye joined the campaign "Earth Hour" in 2009. The Earth Hour action is held annually at the end of March. In recent years, the format of this international campaign has become increasingly diverse, ranging from thematic information events to actions that directly affect enterprises that pollute the atmosphere with greenhouse gas emissions.

The following events were held in Kamensky in support of the Earth Hour action: a working meeting with representatives of executive authorities, theme nights in NeCafe WONDERLAND and Pizza Celentano, trainings for the School of the Young Climate Expert, thematic lectures in educational institutions of the city .

“Thanks to the support of the coaching staff of the Kyokushin-kan karate city federation, we were able to give lectures on climate change and climate adaptation in gymnasium No. 39, schools No. 3, 15, 28, 30, as well as in the college of physical education. On the basis of these educational institutions, we will try to form the first teams of young climate experts who will help us conduct informational work among elementary school students. This idea has already received support from the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Kamensky City Council, ”said Yevgeny Kolishevsky, executive director of the Voice of Nature public organization.

Contacts:

Evgeny Kolishevsky
Executive Director of the Voice of Nature Public Organization
Contact phone: 067 681 13 16

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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