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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.

2017-11-03 | CLEEN in Moldova run thermal imaging scheduling

On November, 1st, 2017, public library in village Dubesariy-Vek’, Kriulianski district (Moldova) hosted the concluding session within the micro-project “Well-informed man is a strong one”. The project stipulated the installation of four energy saving windows to increase energy efficiency of the building.

2017-10-24 | CLEEN-news on energy efficiency from Ukraine

In Mykolayivs’ka region women are more interested in energy efficiency than men.

Such a conclusion comes to mind if we look at the results of АЕР consulting within CLEEN project. During half a year 196 women and 78 men turned for help in winterizing flats and private apartments, thermal imaging scheduling, energy audits and “warm credits”.

2017-10-23 | «Соlaborare» helps to reduce energy spendings of social institutions

As a result of fruitful cooperation between АО «Соlaborare» and local authorities of first and second degree, in Yedinets district measures are taken to increase energy efficiency of social buildings.


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