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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2019-03-26 | Keep Ukraine clean and energy efficient!

Eco activists held competition under the motto: “Keep Ukraine clean and energy-efficient - we start from ourselves”.

The organizer of the event  was the Kharkiv city public organization "Peace Energy".

Purpose of competition was to intensify public responsibility and nurture a new energy culture.

Competition seeks to intensify the civil society of territorial communities and the responsibility of the local population, regardless of age, for specific actions to preserve the environment, the practical implementation of energy conservation measures, the formation of behavioral skills in waste sorting, fostering eco-consciousness, energy culture, eco-thinking and environmental actions . The format of the Competition is unique in that there are no restrictions on age, types of creativity and the duration of the acceptance of work, and over time it can become All-Ukrainian or international.

413 people took part, from the age of 6 to 77, who submitted 357 works. The winners of the Competition were determined by an authoritative expert commission composed of representatives of city departments, partner enterprises, educational institutions, public organizations. The main evaluation criteria were the practical result and the effectiveness of nature conservation, real energy conservation, measurable performance, originality, content and visualization, as well as innovation.

On March 1, in the Star Hall of the Kharkov Planetarium, along with an exhibition of all the works and an educational program, 188 winners of the Competition were awarded. The event actually turned into a family environmental festival with a lot of positive emotions.


Also, together with the "Society for the Protection of Nature of Kremenchug", the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, NGOs, utilities and socially responsible commercial enterprises actively supported the holding of the Competition.

Event was a part of the mini-project of the NGO “Nature Conservation Society of Kremenchug” “CLEEN: Kharkov energy-efficient”.


Oleg Gapon,
Public Association for the Conservation of Nature of Kremenchug

2019-03-18 | New CLEEN Network Projects

The implementation of mini-projects within the framework of the WECF project “Management and Development of the CLEEN Energy Efficiency Network (EECCA Region)” began.

After the official competition among the CLEEN network participants, WECF allocated 6 micro-grants for our organizations in Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia.

Sponsors of the project are German foundations NATURSTROM and GLS Treuhand.

In February 2019, the following micro-grant projects were launched:

1. Gamardzhoba NGO, Georgia: “Covenant of Mayors: Lifehacks for Everyone”
- Analysis of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Tbilisi. Conducting a public opinion poll, discussion club, preparation of the booklet "Covenant of Mayors: Lifehacks for Everyone and for Every Resident of Tbilisi."

2. Armenian National Christian Association of Young Women (AN YCA): “Energy Efficiency Comes to Communities”:
- training for high school students from 22 schools and 1 college of the Tavush marz of the Noyemberin district, as well as the holding of a game contest on energy efficiency and green energy.

3. Lore Ecoclub, Armenia “Thermal insulation of houses - conservation of forests in the Lori region of Armenia” - energy audit and training on thermal insulation in two villages. Raising public awareness on energy efficiency.

4. Youth Environmental NGO “Yeghvard”, Armenia: “Step Forward”:
- as a contribution to a large project for 5 large cities of Armenia - awareness raising and seminars on energy efficiency and its mechanisms in urban communities, seminars in schools on energy saving methods.

5. NPO Kremenchug Nature Conservation Society, Ukraine: “CLEEN: energy-efficient Kharkov”
- analysis of SEAP in Kharkov. Conducting a competition of creative works / ideas “Conservation of nature, energy resources and the introduction of energy efficiency methods”.

6. NGO "Ecosphere", Ukraine. Eco-School “Energy Efficiency for All”
- 5-day training for 15 students with the manufacture of a solar collector model. Raising awareness on the Covenant of Mayors; street action "Uzhgorod without CO2!", bicycle tour.
At the same time, our other partners from Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia are engaged in the development of local and inter-regional projects, participating in various competitions and collaborating in many areas.
It’s good to see it, and we are still convinced that the network has a sustainable positive impact in the EECCA region, and we continue to actively interact with all its organizations.

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.

2018-12-10 | 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!

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.

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