2018-12-10 | CLEEN statement on climate change COP24

More than 20 organizations from 4 countries (Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) are united in the CLEEN - Civil Society Local Energy Efficiency Network in order to work on energy efficiency issues and against climate change at the local level.

Over the years since the signing of the Paris Agreement, the world, unfortunately, has not progressed sufficiently in the fight against climate change. The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ° C published in October 2018 by the IPCC only confirmed these concerns. At the same time, the report indicates that with large-scale institutional and technological changes, it is still possible to contain global climate changes.

CLEEN supports the ambition of the world community to keep the increase in global average temperature at no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. The participation of local governments in countering against climate change will ensure that this goal is achievable.

In all countries of the CLEEN network, local government is at different stages of development, and the priority of nature protection and climate change issues on the local authorities agenda is different.

In connection with the foregoing, CLEEN emphasizes the importance of the following activities:

  • The countries should adopt ambitious, but realistic government plans to improve energy efficiency and plans for the transition to renewable energy. Moreover, it is important to have a clearly developed mechanism for the implementation of these plans, including the preparation of annual reports on their implementation.
  • Local governments and non govermental organizations should be involved not only in decision-making processes at both local and national levels, but also in the process of implementation and monitoring of the implementation of adopted plans.
  • Further stimulate the participation (and accession of new) cities and communities in the Covenant of Mayors and their development of an Action Plan for Sustainable Energy and Climate Development. At the same time, it is important to achieve a responsible and transparent choice by local governments of ambitious goals for reducing emissions, which are based on objective current data on emissions.
  • It is important to reassess the objectivity and realism of the goals for reducing emissions by cities and communities that have already developed SEAPs and SECAPs.
  • It is important to analyze and monitor the implementation of activities indicated by the community in order to achieve the goals of the SEAP and the SECAP.
  • The widespread introduction of energy efficiency and renewable energy is opposed by the limited free financial resources of the population of our region. All the more important is the spread of the practice of revolving funds, which allow citizens to get a soft loan for simple but effective energy saving measures (warming houses, replacing boilers, etc.) and for installing renewable energy sources (small power plants). In the latter case, the community, in addition to increasing the comfort level of life of its residents, also receives financial benefits in the form of receiving taxes from the sale of RES electricity.
  • Stimulating local authorities to introduce approved and already well-proven municipal programs to stimulate energy efficiency in communities. Local programs can not only quickly respond and solve the problems necessary for the community, but also play an important role in demonstrating the benefits of developing energy efficiency to the local population.
  • Popularization of successful, illustrative practices in the implementation of local energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
  • It is necessary to abandon energy projects dangerous for the environment and humans (nuclear power plants, large hydroelectric power stations, coal stations), and the use of fossil fuels. Instead, it is worth supporting programs to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy sources (RES), the formation of plans for cities and communities transition to 100% RES.

CLEEN calls on all national and local stakeholders to deepen and expand their interaction and cooperation to find solutions to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy sources to counter climate change!

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